Beware Chris Petersen the underdog on the big-game
Former Boise State running back Ian Johnson has an idea of what kind of me sage Washington coach Chris Petersen is delivering to the players behind the scenes in preparation for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl showdown against No. 1 Alabama on Saturday.Its probably the same one the Broncos heard leading up to the unforgettable Fiesta Bowl victory against No. 7 Oklahoma on Jan. 1, 2007." Mario Manningham Jersey
His me sage was consistent with what we got the entire year, Johnson told Sporting News. That was, 'Do your job and it doesn't matter who you play. Regardle s of what anybody says about us, we've got enough talent that can make it back on the field where a lot of teams would mi s out."MORE: Of course, No. 9 Boise State was a 7.5-point underdog before shocking Oklahoma 43-42 in one of the greatest bowl games of all time. Now, No. 4 Washington (12-1) is a 14.5-point underdog against Alabama (13-0) at the Georgia Dome. Its the biggest game for Braylon Edwards Jersey
the program in years, yet Petersen shared a similar outlook for that Monday as he did for say, the game against No. 7 Stanford on Sept. 30."At the end of the day, it really is another game, Petersen said, via Al.com. Every game is really, really important to these guys. We kind of talked about this going through the season. There would be a certain team we'd play and it would be, 'This is going to be a big game, the biggest one of the season,and we would just kind of chuckle and say, 'It didn't matter who we played. That next game is always the most-important game."Johnson told SN that approach is not disingenuous. Glen Rice Jersey
That Fiesta Bowl was the first of three top 10 showdowns for Petersen at Boise State. The Broncos also beat No. 3 TCU in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl and No. 6 Virginia Tech in the 2011 season opener. The win against Stanford put Washington in the national picture, but that also didnt come as a surprise."(Petersen) is not going to let them get too hyped up, too emotional, too down, too depre sed, Johnson said. If he's done one thing that I appreciate more than anything, the ability to compartmentalize doing your job in the moment."MORE: Petersen mastered that approach at Boise State and built the program into a yearly BCS championship contender. Hes now done the same at Washington, and thats the one thing that surprises Johnson."One thing I questioned about him going to a power conference and a Power 5 school like Washington was, 'Were they going to buy into the rhetoric?,Johnson said. He wasn't going to curb it for anyone. They obviously have.Johnson said Petersens approach, which relies on systems and proce ses, is just starting to take root at Washington. Petersen, in turn, said that approach didnt change after the lo s to USC this season.You always feel like if guys stay consistent, that word again, good things Ignas Brazdeikis Jersey
will happen and they have, Petersen said. Thats been one of the beauties of this team.No. 1 Alabama will be that teams biggest challengeand, no matter how Petersen sells it, this would be a huge upset if the Huskies pull it off. Just how big of an upset?For me, I look at this game and I say this would be a Matt Wile Jersey
bigger upset than the Fiesta Bowl, Johnson said. Most people wont like to hear that from me because I was part of the Fiesta Bowl and that was a prettybig upset. The difference is Oklahoma was only playing for this game. Even if Alabama doesnt feel like Washington is the best opponent, they are playing for the next game.So is Washington. You get the feeling thats just the way Petersen likes it.