Oregon State Beavers vs. Boise State Broncos Preview and Free Picks

Oregon State Beavers
(1-1, 1-1 ATS)

Boise State Broncos
(2-0, 2-0 ATS)

The National Championship dreams of the Boise State Broncos will hang in the balance in this NCAA football betting battle on Saturday night that will be nationally televised against the Oregon State Beavers.

HC Mike Riley’s crew won’t be concerned with the stage that they are playing on this year. They have already taken on the other Cinderella mid-major team that could be in the BCS finale when it is said and done, the TCU Horned Frogs, and they have taken plenty of trips here to the Smurf Turf. The problem the Beavs have is that they just haven’t played that well this season. They’re only averaging 287.0 yards per game this season, which is probably what RB Jacquizz Rodgers and his brother WR James Rodgers should be averaging just by themselves, and the end result has been a modest 56 points scored in two games. Last week’s 35-28 win over the Louisville Cardinals was a puckering experience to say the least, as a loss to the Redbirds would’ve certainly taken them out of any hope to go to a big time bowl game without the Pac-10 title in tote. What Oregon State needs to remember is that this game can only help it. The Beavers have nothing to lose, as they are expected to get shelled in this game, and even a loss by 50 means nothing next week when Pac-10 play starts.

For Boise State, this might be the very last chance to impress against a legitimate team unless someone else on its schedule creeps up into the Top 25 at some point. The Broncos posted a dominating 51-6 victory at War Memorial Stadium last week over the Wyoming Cowboys, and they certainly look like a team that is out to destroy every set of NCAA football odds that comes its way. It’s the Boise way. This is the home opener for a team that hasn’t been beaten here since the very beginning of the 2001 season. Of course, when you go undefeated for three of the past four regular seasons, it really helps that out quite a bit. The Broncos boast the #7 ranked offense in America at 515.5 yards per game, and that type of yardage only helps accentuate a defense which is only allowing 224.5 yards per game. This is a make or break game in the Heisman life of QB Kellen Moore as well. He has 585 passing yards and five scores against one pick so far this year, but a bad showing, regardless of whether the Broncos win this game or not, will probably take him out of the running.

We’d love to take Oregon State here, but we just think that the Broncos are going to be far too tough in a nationally televised showdown to be knocked off. They won’t take this game lightly at all, and if last week’s romp at a bowl team is any indication, this week could get very ugly, very quickly.

Selection: Boise State Broncos -17.5

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