Interesting analysis followed up by an even interesting-er prediction. Here's something you might not know about Oregon State:
It might be a small sample size, but the Beaver pass defense has been stellar so far coming up with four picks and not allowing a touchdown pass. When Minnesota had to move the ball in crunch time, it was Mitch Leidner’s legs that got it done, not his arm.
Given Rypien's recent miscues, is this something to worry about, or will be only come back stronger? (Answer: No less than 8 passing TDs today.)
Here's the interesting-er score prediction:
Final Score: Oregon State 27, Oregon State 20
Looks like Oregon State will beat themselves?
Most interesting points in the article:
Oregon State's ability to make plays inside the 20 on both sides of the ball will be tested by Boise State. The Broncos are one of only six FBS teams that rank in the top 20 nationally in both red zone offense and red zone defense. Boise State is 7-for-7 in red zone scoring opportunities through its first two games and is tied for first among FBS teams in that category. Defensively, the Broncos have allowed points in the red zone on just 4-of-6 opponent possessions — tied for 14th nationally. This has made it easier for Boise State to jump on teams out of the gate and stay in front. The Broncos are just one of eight FBS teams that have not trailed in a game this season.
Do click on the link above. As always, it's well-researched and correct in assuming:
Prediction: Boise State 38, Oregon State 24
Let's check in with their local media. Here's something interesting:
Four Beavers expected to play Saturday saw action the last time OSU faced Boise State in the 2013 Hawaii Bowl. Receiver Victor Bolden rushed for nine yards, linebacker Caleb Saulo started and recorded two tackles, while offensive linemen Dustin Stanton (who was a tight end) and Gavin Andrews played on special teams.
Victor Bolden is the guy to reckon with, and he's been here before. Hopefully, he's wearing the jersey with the alternating red and white circles.
Prediction: Boise State 35, OSU 23
I really like Campus Insiders, and not just because they picked us to crash the playoffs. As much as we're favored to win, this has me concerned though:
Defensively, safety Devin Chappell has been responsible for three of Oregon State’s four forced fumbles. And three separate Beavers have combined for three interceptions.
*Shades of Utah State?
Nevertheless, Campus Insiders still goes with the safe pick:
Boise State 38, Oregon State 24
They foresee a mid-twenties, too-close-for-my-ticker, ten-point-victory. I like my games like I don't like my babies' diapers: Blowouts.
Boise State should lobby for an invitation to the Pac-12 after it beats a second North Division team (it knocked off Washington State on Sept. 10) in three weeks.
Boise State 27, Oregon State 17
BSU 46.2, OSU 13.8
That's more like it!