Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Game Prediction & Preview on December 24, 2013
The Boise State Broncos took a step back this year as their status as the ultimate BCS Buster took a significant hit in a season in which they were not even good enough to make the Mountain West Conference championship game. Head coach Chris Petersen, who did so much to build the program up to national prominence, likely sensed he took the Broncos as far as they could go and departed for a new job as head coach of the Washington Huskies which could be a portent of things to come for a program that may have been overachieving as a perennial national contender, The Oregon State Beavers boast one of the most prolific passing attacks in the country but little else as their defense wasted the video game number stats of QB Sean Mannion. The Sheraton Hawaii Bowl will take place on December 24 from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI with coverage on ESPN starting at 8 PM ET.
Boise State finished 8-4 straight up and 6-6 against the spread with CFB odds and was the 2nd place team in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West Conference that was won by the Utah State Aggies. The Broncos have not been the same since QB Kellen Moore and his supporting cast left campus a couple of years ago and suffered a sharp drop on defense in which they ranked 74th overall in the nation. Boise State also suffered from too much public love and money bet on them as their value has dropped sharply the past 2 seasons. They failed to get the money in their final 2 regular season games. The offense improved as the season went on and ranked 16th in the nation for scoring.
Mannion and Little Else
The Oregon State Beavers finished 6-6 SU and ATS with 7 of their games going over the total. Sean Mannion threw for a 66% completion rate good for 4403 yards and a 36/14 TD/INT ratio. His top receiver was Brandin Cooks who had 120 catches good for 1670 yards and 15 TD’s.
We’ll go with Oregon State to beat the Broncos who lost their leader.