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.
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.