Dec. 17, 2012
LAS VEGAS - The UW football team touchdown down at McCarran Airport Monday afternoon to begin preparations for the 2012 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium.
As with all bowl games, the entire squad traveled as the team drove away from Alaska Airlines Arena around 1:00 p.m. PT and lifted off for Vegas about an hour later.
After an on-time arrival, the Huskies were greeted in grand, Vegas style at the team hotel, including an Elvis impersonator singing "Viva Las Vegas" in the lobby.
Tuesday, the Dawgs will begin their regular game-week routine of practices and, with the game on a traditional Saturday, it makes for a simple schedule, the same that the Huskies would follow any other regular week.
Last Thursday through Sunday, the Huskies went through that same week, simulating a game week in a schedule that Coach Steve Sarkisian as established for bowl-game preparation. That template will continue through the coming week.
"We'll practice like a normal game week, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday," Sarkisian explained. "And in the meantime, we'll find our way to experience Vegas in a classy manner and then try to win the game on Saturday."
The Huskies will look forward to a week of football and activities, but Sarkisian has impressed upon the players that there's a difference between the two.
"I think that we've found a formula that has been pretty successful, we've performed well in previous bowls," Sarkisian said. "When it's football time, it's football time and we'll be locked in and focused for that. We'll enjoy ourselves in the parameters that are set for us. At the end of the day like I said earlier, we are going there to win the game and that is the purpose of this trip."
The Huskies and Boise State kick off the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The game will air live on ESPN television, as well as on the various ESPN online platforms and mobile apps. You can also listen the to the UW radio broadcast on the Washington IMG College radio network, including flagship KJR 950-AM/102.9 FM.