Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Matchup: Boise State Broncos vs. Oregon State Beavers
Date/Time: December 24th, 8:00 ET
Point Spread: Oregon State -3
There was a point that the Boise State Broncos and the Oregon State Beavers played each other quite a bit. They’ll renew ties for the first time since 2010 in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, a Christmas Eve tradition in the Aloha State.
Boise State knows that it has a lot of work to do in a short period of time to get ready for the Hawaii Bowl. The team lost Head Coach Chris Petersen, and though Bob Gregory will take over as the interim coach, the whole staff knows that it is gone at the end of this game in all likelihood. It seems as though new Head Coach Bryan Harsin is taking the route of trying to bring back Boise State coaches from yesteryear to round out his staff, and that leaves everyone currently on the inside, outside of the fold. It has been a frustrating season as it was for Boise State without all of these changes. QB Joe Southwick was lost for the season earlier this year, and QB Grant Hedrick really hasn’t proven that he is that same elite type of quarterback the Broncos were used to having. However, it was on the defensive side of the ball which the Broncos really struggled the most. They allowed 410.0 yards per game, including ranking 94th in the land in pass defense, and that’s nothing like the Boise State team we have become accustomed to seeing.
The Beavers had a rough beginning and a rough ending of the season, but everything else in the middle was fantastic. Still, it’s tough to wipe the stench off of you when you lose to an FCS team at the start of the year like the Beavs did against the Eastern Washington Eagles, and the five-game losing streak at the end of the year didn’t help matters any. To Oregon State’s credit, those last five games were against the five toughest teams in the Pac-12. The truth of the matter though, is that there really wasn’t a single win this year that would make you think the Beavers would be worthy of being called one of the best 50 teams in the country. What we do know though, is that this passing game is going to move the ball. WR Brandin Cooks had the best year of any receiver in the nation, accounting for 1,670 yards and 17 TDs. QB Sean Mannion threw for 4,403 yards and 36 TDs, and he has turned himself into a legitimate pro prospect in the NFL.
We mentioned the meetings that these two teams had in the past, and not surprisingly, Boise State has won three of the last four and has gone 3-1-1 ATS in the last five in this series. The Broncos have also won four straight bowl games, though they didn’t cover last season against the Washington Huskies. The Beavers haven’t won a bowl game since winning the 2008 Sun Bowl 3-0 over the Pitt Panthers, including losing by four last season to the Texas Longhorns in the Alamo Bowl.
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