OREGON STATE REMAINS the Las Vegas favorite to emerge victorious in Tuesday night's Hawaii Bowl over Boise State -- but what about some of the other picks? Sporting News, CBS Sports and USA Today have weighed in, plus a lot of other news and notes...
Four of the six USA Today writers predicting the winner in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl are picking the Beavers -- Erick Smith, Eddie Timanus, Dan Uthman and Dan Wolken see Oregon State
taking home the trophy.
Paul Myerberg and George Schroeder, however, pick Boise State in this one.
Sporting News also likes Boise State to came out on top.
And CBS Sports' J. Darin Darst soon after the bowl game was announced, wrote: Oregon State is playing awful right now and turning the ball over too much…Boise State will find a way to take advantage. Boise State 28, Oregon State 27.
Pregame.com has a different take: The Oregon State passing offense ranks third best in the country. We think it's too much for Boise State in this one. Free Pick: Oregon State 38, Boise State 27
Oregon State opened as a 3-point underdog in Vegas but moved to a 3-point favorite after BSU coach Chris Peterson left for Washington.
IN OTHER HAWAII BOWL NEWS…
Oregon State arrived in Honolulu yesterday afternoon and will hold their first on-site practice today. The Beavers' men's basketball team also landed in Honolulu on Thursday. OSU will play three games in the Diamond Head Classic, starting Sunday night at 10 p.m. PST against Akron (ESPNU).
The Oregonian's Lindsay Schnell the Beavs did not travel their cheerleaders or band, and no alumni association events are planned in Honolulu with Oregon State on a tight bowl game budget this time around. The Beavers are expected to use 1,300 tickets of their 2,000 allotment but they've only sold 300. "Hawaii is an expensive vacation for anyone, and because of the short turnaround, ticket prices were astronomical," Schnell reports.
The Beavs' three starting linebackers in the bowl are expected to be MIK Rommel Mageo, SAM Jabral Johnson and WIL Caleb Saulo. None of the three began the season with the starting unit. Mageo has been a mainstay since replacing Joel Skotte in the first half of the season, Johnson continues to play in place of Michael Doctor (foot) and Saulo will start in place of D.J. Alexander (neck).
The Hawaii Bowl will hold a series of joint team dinners in the days before the game, including the luau. Players will see fire-knife dancers and are usually encouraged to get up on stage and participate in the dances.
The rules this week for Boise State players include this: no mopeds. And at some point players will be banned from getting into the water.
Boise State QB Joe Southwick (ankle) has practiced with the first team and will likely start the game, according to multiple reports. But interim head coach Bob Gregory has been somewhat noncommittal other than to say BSU is working on packages for both QBs and that Grant Hedrick will indeed play as well. Update: In a stunner, Boise State late Friday sent Southwick home and reinstated backup Nick Patti. After the two quarterbacks were suspended from practice Friday for violating team rules, Broncos interim head coach Bob Gregory said that Southwick was sent home for his violation and that Patti was reinstated. Hedrick is now expected to start against Oregon State.
Idaho Statesman columnist Brian Murphy predicts a big day for Boise State running back Jay Ajayi and a "gritty" Boise State win by the score of 45-38.
Mike Sanford Jr., Stanford's recruiting coordinator, quarterbacks and receivers coach has been hired by new Boise State coach Bryan Harsin as the Broncos' offensive coordinator. Marcel Yates , the co-defensive coordinator at Texas A&M, will be BSU's new defensive coordinator. Jeff Pitman will be the program's strength and conditioning coach. All are former Boise State players.
OSU offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf was a quarterback at Boise State back in the early 90s.