Boise State Broncos vs. Oregon State Beavers Betting Pick
Hawaii Bowl Betting Odds
Opening Line: Oregon State -3
Time: 8 PM EST Tuesday December 24, 2013 on ESPN
Boise State will be going for their 5th straight bowl win, but they will not have head coach Chris Petersen on the sidelines, as he was recently hired to be the head coach at Washington. The Broncos won 3 of their last 4 games and have the nation's 8th ranked defense.
Oregon State was sitting at 6-1 and looking solid, but they lost their last 5 games. 3 of those losses came against the ranked teams of Arizona State, Stanford, and Oregon, and the last two were close. Oregon State does not have a good defense of rushing offense, but what they do have is a great passing offense that ranks 3rd in the nation and a great WR in Brandin Cooks. This season Cooks won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top WR.
The last time these 2 teams met was in 2010 when Boise State was the winner.
In their last games of the season Boise State beat New Mexico 45-17 and Oregon State lost to Oregon 36-35.
Boise State is 6-6 ATS with an Over/Under record of 7-5 and Oregon State is 6-6 ATS with an Over/Under record of 7-5.
Oregon State QB Sean Mannion has Cooks, who had 15 TD this season and rushed for 2 more, but he has to find him and not players in a Boise State uniform. In the Beavers' 5 game losing streak to end the season Mannion only had 7 TD as opposed to 11 INT.
Oregon State is, pretty much, all about the pass, as their leading rusher is Terron Ward with 467 yards.
The Boise State defense only ranks 91st in the nation against the pass and 63rd against the run, but ranks 8th only allowing 15.8 ppg.
Joe Southwick was the starter until breaking his ankle in the middle of the season and he or Grant Hedrick, who had 15 TD passes and 5 interceptions in Southwick's absence, will get the start. WR Matt Miller had over 110 receiving yards in 2 of his last 3 games and is the main target for whoever is under center.
Boise State RB Jay Ajayi ranked 2nd in the Mountain West Conference with 1,328 yards and had 18 TD. He rushed for 143 yards in the season finale facing New Mexico and is a major concern for a OSU run defense that struggled all season and only ranked 91st in the nation.Betting Trends
Boise State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Bowl games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a S.U. win, and they have an Over record of 4-0 in their last 4 games following a SU win of more than 20 points.
Oregon State is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win, and they have an Over record of 12-5 in their last 17 games.
Hawaii Bowl Against the Spread Pick
Take the Boise State Broncos +3 at Bovada