A senior quarterback with 27 consecutive starts under his belt who looked sharp against one of the top defenses in the country versus a sophomore quarterback with one start under his belt who looked sharp against Idaho.
Five different Boise State running backs did score against Idaho last weekend, but Dwight Wright showed some toughness along with Ryan Cole last weekend and are hungry to have big games
The Beaver offensive line played good against LSU, but one of the most consistent units at Boise State is the offensive line. Each unit has a couple all-conference performers and each unit will have to battle an all-conference defensive end.
This was a tough one. Each team has a few proven players (OSU - Mike Hass, George Gillett, BSU - T.J. Acree, Lawrence Bady) and each team has a host of talented players vying for time on the field. The Beavers get the edge because I know they have depth, but this could have easily have been a push.
Oregon State's Joe Newton and Boise State's Derek Schouman are two of the better tight ends in the country, but Oregon State has more depth with Dan Haines and Pat Loney.
Few can match the play of Bill Swancutt and that is why the Beavers get the edge over Boise State. Boise State does have a good defensive end in Julius Roberts, but he is no match for Swancutt. Plus, the Broncos had to fill their interior positions with new players, while the Beavers plugged in game proven individuals.
Andy Avalos and Korey Hall are going to be All-WAC selections while Trent Bray and Jonathan Pollard are going to be All-Pac-10 selections. As a unit the Beavers are more talented with Keith Ellison, Chaz Scott, Kevin Davidson, and Derrick Doggett all worthy of playing time.
Both teams have good tacklers and experienced senior corners, but only one team has Brandon Browner.
One team is trying to find a kicker, one team already has a consistent kicker. Both schools have good punters. One team has an exciting freshman returning kicks while the other has a dangerous senior who has already returned a punt for a touchdown.