Staff Predictions: Boise State

Oregon State hosts the Boise State Broncos on Saturday. Time for the BeaverBlitz staff weighs in with their predictions for the game.

Angie Machado:  Boise State: 34 - Oregon State 24

I still think we see the Beavers keep this closer than Vegas expects, but at the end of the day the defense is too young, the offensive line has made too many mistakes and the Broncos are too good of a team to overcome those difficiencies.  It will be a great test as to where the Beavers are however, as Boise State is probably as good as half of the PAC 12 conference.

Jeff Perry:  Boise State 31 - Oregon State 17

I think the Beavs will keep it close most of the game, but I'm afraid a lack of depth catches up with us later in the game.

John Newby: Boise State 31 - Oregon State 27

I also see Boise State winning a tough game, but I don't envision a blowout like many others do. Oregon State's offensive line has struggled this season, and Boise State will most likely take advantage of the matchup. Although don't count out Darell Garretson and the passing offense. The Broncos have an issue with stopping deep passes, which led to a couple Washington State touchdowns. The Beavers have quick receivers that could find success if they beat the coverage deep. On the offensive side of the ball, Brett Rypien has been putting up big numbers, but he also threw three interceptions against Washington State. Turnovers could completely change the game's flow and keep the Beavs competitive. 

Adam Nicholson: Oregon State 34 - Boise State 27

As Raju alluded in his article yesterday, the defense at this point is clearly ahead of the offense and I think the defense can carry the team to a victory against the Broncos. Last week was a bend but don't break effort from the D, giving up 363 total yards, but they were also opportunistic in forcing 5 turnovers. If they can force a couple this week that lead to the offense having a short field, or if the defense can put some points on the board, it should lead to a victory. My X-factors for this week are going to be Bright Ugwoegbu on defense and Jordan Villamin again on offense. Villamin is due for a big game.

Brian Rathbone: Boise State 31 - Oregon State 17

Boise State is good year after year, and this year is no exception. I'm not going to overreact to last week's underwhelming performance against Idaho State. OSU will play better than last week and give Boise State a run for their money, but Boise is just a little stronger than the Beavers. 

Peter Riley Osborne: Boise State 41 - Oregon State 21

I really want to be wrong, like really!  But without a pass rush and with the struggles on the offensive line, I think that BSU will make us pay a bit.  I think they also will be able to run at us with McNichols.  The loss of Togai will be huge this week and the dings to the linebacker crew, especially Hungalu have me worried.  If OSU plays like they did in the first two games, I think it will be a long day. 

Raju Woodward: Boise State 41 - Oregon State 13

Let's face it, this game could be one of the Beavers' toughest tests all season. BSU isn't the force they used to be but they are still tough and well-coached. My biggest reason for concern, and fear of why this game could be a blowout, is the BSU trio of Brett Rypien, Jeremy McNichols, and Thomas Sperbeck. They put up video game numbers last season, and at this point, I don't see the OSU defense changing that. My hope is that the OSU offense is more consistent and can hit on big plays better. Sorry to be a boo bird.

Eric Machado: Boise State 38 - Oregon State 20

Was last week’s performance a bit of an early bye week hangover or the evidence of additional concerns regarding the progress of the second year rebuild?   Well, I think we find out on Saturday.   Even if the rebuild was progressing nicely, I probably wouldn’t be calling for a win.  With the uncertainty, I’m definitely not.  Boise State has a solid program and it would take enormous growth in the Beaver program at this point to pull out the victory.  I don’t see that happening on Saturday.  


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