LAS VEGAS BOWL: Predictions and analysis

THE MAJORITY OF pundits predict an Oregon State victory on Tuesday, and all say it will be a high scoring affair. But, the prognosticators say, a Beaver victory depends on the Men in Black's motivation level after losing the Civil War and a Rose Bowl trip. From the Birmingham News to the Boston Herald, from Las Vegas to Utah to Osceola, NBC, CBS and beyond, here's a ton of predictions and more.


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  • The Sports Exchange predicts a 41-31 Beaver victory citing motivation to erase the Civil War loss.

  • Charles Hollis of The Birmingham News picks Oregon State to defeat BYU 35-26, but also notes that a hangover from the Civil War loss could affect the Beavers performance Tuesday.

  • The Boston Herald expects OSU to "lay the lumber to the 10-2 Cougars" if there is no hangover from the Civil War.

  • Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports ranks the Las Vegas Bowl the third best bowl game of the season, but gives no prediction.

  • The Jenks Journal's Doug Eaton gives the Las Vegas Bowl a two star rating (out of a possible three) and predicts the Men in Black will win 25-31 stating, "These two teams should provide some offensive fireworks."

  • Greg Fenney of The Vancouver Voice says, "Oregon State will beat BYU by more than 2.5 in the Las Vegas Bowl, providing there are no off the field incidents before the game in Sin City."

  • Jorge Gonzalez of Vegas in an article for The Reno Gazette-Journal says, " The Beavers have been on fire over their last three games, scoring 41.7 points while racking up 442.7 yards per game.  Take the Beavers -2 1/2."

  • All five writers at pick Oregon State to win.

  • John Tamanha of says OSU will win 29-26 stating, "Sophomore RB Jacquizz Rodgers is the difference maker."

  • ESPN's Pat Ford says, "The fifth straight Las Vegas Bowl might be fatiguing for the Cougars, but the Beavers were a game away from the Rose Bowl. Slight advantage to BYU."  He predicts a 37-28 OSU victory.

  • In a detailed analysis Blue Ribbon predicts Oregon State will win stating, "The guess here is that Oregon State will give a spirited effort in the Las Vegas Bowl and use it as a springboard for next season with 18 starters due back."

  • Dave Curtis of The Sporting News says the Las Vegas Bowl is the 16th most entertaining postseason matchup this season.  Curtis says, "Rodgers brothers—running back 'Quizz, receiver James—will give BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall heartburn as he preps for his alma mater."

  • Matthew Smith of says, "BYU is ranked higher, but Oregon St is the better team. When the lower ranked team is a favorite, it’s easy to lay the points and forget it, but I’d expect BYU to have a slight edge playing in Vegas, since it’s a situation they’re very used to, so this is really more like a tossup."

  • Dave Matter of the Columbia Daily Tribune ranks the Las Vegas Bowl the 14th best bowl game of the year saying, "One reason to watch is Oregon State's 5-foot-7 flash, Jacquizz Rodgers." He doesn't give a prediction.

  • Ryan of TheSportsmeisters says BYU will win stating, "BYU owns Las Vegas, ironically, and wins their fifth straight bowl game their 33-30."

  • Tyler Stimson of The Bleacher Report says, "Somehow, someway, BYU finds a way to win, pulling off a 31-30 victory."

  • Joe E. Cervi of The Pueblo Chieftain says, "The Beavers of Oregon State in a close one over BYU."

  • Mattew Osborne of The Trentonian picks OSU saying, "The Beavers were close to being Pac-10 champs the last two years, and they have quality athletes."

  • The Washington Examiner says, "Oregon State vs. BYU will give fans a real mid-week delight with this battle between two of the best non New Year’s Day teams. The Beavers were one game away from the Rose Bowl and BYU had only two loses all season."

  • The Sports Network says Oregon State will be victorius saying, "If the Rodgers brothers take over the spotlight early on, assume that the Beavers will pick up the victory."

  • Bud Withers of The Seattle Times says, "It will have been only 19 days since Oregon snookered OSU for the Rose Bowl berth. The key might be whether Mike Riley, 5-0 in bowls with the Beavers, can snap his team from that hangover and get a pass rush against Max Hall."

  • John Rowe of says, "Plenty of points in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Beavers should find a way to prevail."

  • Jeff Falconio of 620 WTMJ says the Las Vegas Bowl is one of five under the radar bowls this season saying, "Both teams average more than 30 points per game and true to Las Vegas the scoreboard should light up like The Strip."

  • Rick Pedone of The Osceloa News Gazette says, "Well, we’ve got former Harmony standout O’Neill Chambers running around at receiver for BYU, so this one is easy: Cougars by 2 in our O’Neill Chambers Upset Special."

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