Sheraton Hawaii Bowl - Boise State vs Oregon State 12/24/13 - Free Picks, Odds, & Predictions
CFB: 8:00 PM EST December 24, 2013 TV: ESPN
If there was a bowl game one would want to have their college football team assigned or invited to, the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl is probably in the top three. Both teams get a sizable share to pay for expenses, and who wouldn't want to go to the big island in the middle of cold winter back home? For Boise, with a record of 8-4 in their season, the trip is a nice reward. Oregon State didn't have such a good season, breaking even on a 6-6 pattern, so they're lucking out a bit with a bowl game in the islands.
Hard to believe but the great Coach Chris Peterson has moved on from Boise St and the Broncos will be coachd in this bowl game by interim Coach Bob Gregory. The Boise State Broncos are coming into the game with slight QB controversy as Senior Joe Southwich is healthy but his replacement Grant Hedrick has done well to close the last 4 games. Grant Hedrick has shown himself to a respectable passer, and he's been backed up in the offensive with running back Jay Ajayi.
The Oregon State Beavers have some home with their quarterback-wide receiver combo. QB Sean Mannion and WR Brandin Cooks can be a powerful pair when they function, allowing Mannion to exceed 4,500 yards in successful passing. Unfortunately, he's also prone to being intercepted. After hot start to the year Beavers fell had to finish the year going 0-5 to close the season.
Recent Betting Trends:
Broncos are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Over is 4-0 in Broncos last 4 games following a SU win of more than 20 points.
Broncos are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games.
Beavers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games.
Over is 4-0 in Beavers last 4 neutral site games.
Free Betting Pick: Boise State Broncos +2.5
Hard game to handicap as the loss of Coach Peterson and the unsettled starting QB for the Broncos giving us just as many questions as answers. Positive for the Broncos is this is a veteran team and their solid defense should help balance any problems on offense. Facing a Oregon State team that led college football in turnovers the last 5 games should help the Broncos as well. Good game early but Boise takes over late. Final Score Prediction, Boise State wins outright as underdog 31-27.