Broncos Face Toughest Opponent So Far

Boise State hosts #24 Oregon State in a key college football matchup Saturday in Bronco Stadium. Kickoff for the Broncos' home opener is 6 p.m.

All summer long, the coaches and media built up Virginia Tech as the toughest team Boise State would face this season. Here we are in week four of the college football campaign and it's Oregon State, not Virginia Tech, that is ranked in the Top 25.

The Beavers are #24 and Virginia Tech is nowhere to be found in the Top 25. In fact, the Hokies are not even receiving one vote in either the USA Today Coaches' Poll or the Associated Press Poll. In the Billingsley computer ratings, Oregon State is #20 while Virginia Tech is way back at #40. In the Massey ratings, Oregon State is #43 but Virginia Tech is all the way down at #66, even behind Idaho of the Western Athletic Conference.

So much for Virginia Tech being Boise State's toughest opponent.

Nope, that clearly is Oregon State and for good reason. The Beavers feature a pair of ultra-talented brothers, Jacquizz and James Rodgers, whose lightning-quick speed and flashy moves can have them in the end zone before you can say "Welcome to Boise!" Ryan Katz was supposed to be the question mark in the Beavers' offense; instead, he appears to be the real deal, throwing for 301 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.

The Beaver defense has been solid. In the season opener, Oregon State held the lead over #5 TCU much of the first half before falling 30-21. OSU then proceeded to topple Louisville last week.

Given that Oregon State is better than Virginia Tech, Boise State has its work cut out for them, as they were only able to beat Virginia Tech by a mere three points. OSU has a reputation for being a giant killer and Coach Mike Riley's team is coming to Boise to do just that.

The nationally-broadcast game will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday in Bronco Stadium.


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