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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
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 Insider.com in an article
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 CollegeFootballNews.com
pick Oregon State to win.
- John Tamanha of
NBCSports.com 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 CollegeFootballNews.com
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
- 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."
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."
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
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."