"We're really excited to play them and they're a really good team," said Max Hall. "They were really so close to playing in the Rose Bowl. The Pac-10 sent us one of the best teams. They don't want to lose to the Mountain West anymore, and so I think that kind of shows us some respect in that they wanted to send Oregon State to play us."
"We're excited to play the best team in the Pac-10," said Vic So'oto. "I mean, they're just a couple of fourth-down conversions away from going to the BSC Rose Bowl game. Right now we're preparing like we're playing the best team in the Pac-10. We're working hard getting ready physically to represent the Mountain West Conference."
BYU assistant coach Brandon Doman echoed Hall's and So'oto's sentiments.
"As far as record and finish for the season, this is the best team we've played in the Vegas Bowl for sure," said Coach Doman. "As far as these guys being three points away from winning the Pac-10, we've never had a team being three points away from doing that. This is a great challenge for us and our guys are hungry and anxious to play this team, and if you're going to go to a bowl game you might as well play the best you can possibly play. Right now I think Oregon State is as good as we could have possibly played."
BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall took it a step further.
"I think they're one of the best teams we will have played, period – not only in the Las Vegas Bowl," said Mendenhall. "I mean, they played basically for a conference championship against Oregon. The reason for that [with how good they are on] paper is one thing, but if you watch them play they're more impressive that way than on paper."
Oregon State had seven First-Team All-Conference player selections, more than any other Pac-10 school. Those players with first-team honors were Sean Canfield, Jacquizz Rodgers, James Rodgers, Gregg Peat, Keaton Kristick, Stephen Paea and Suaesi Tuimaunei. Also, true freshman left tackle Michael Philipp was named to the Phil Steele's College Football News Freshman All-American Team.
"They're in a really good conference and have some really athletic guys," said Cougar outside linebacker Jordan Pendleton. "To have that many guys selected in a conference like that tells how good they really are. I mean, they were just a couple of plays away from going to the Rose Bowl."