Boise State has had great luck against Pac-12 schools in recent years and the Broncos could get into the Top 25 next week if they win at Oregon State on Saturday. Boise is nearly a two-touchdown favorite in college football odds after already beating a better Pac-12 team, Washington State, earlier this season.
Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Boise State at Oregon State Betting Lines, Pick & TV Info
When: Saturday, Sept. 24, 3:30 PM ET
Where: Reser Stadium, Corvallis
TV: Fox Sports 1
Opening NCAA Football Lines: Boise State -13 (59.5)
Why Bet on Boise State?
The Broncos (2-0) have been off since a 31-28 win over Washington State on Sept. 10. Jeremy McNichols rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns, and Tyler Horton returned his first career interception 85 yards for a touchdown. Brett Rypien threw for 299 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown to Thomas Sperbeck, but was intercepted twice in the fourth quarter, giving Washington State chances until the final play when Luke Falk’s desperation heave was batted down. Boise State won its 34th straight regular season non-conference home game.
Sperbeck caught seven passes for 133 yards, his second 100-yard receiving performance in as many games to start the 2016 season. McNichols’ 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter extended his Mountain West record to 14 consecutive games with a rushing touchdown. Horton’s 85-yard interception return for a touchdown was the sixth-longest in school history, and the longest since Jamar Taylor returned one 100 yards against Arizona State in the 2011 Las Vegas Bowl.
There’s no doubt the Broncos have earned the Pac-12’s respect, going 9-3 against the conference since 2006, winning their last three meetings against the league. In the same span as the Broncos’ 9-3 mark against the Pac-12, they are 13-5 against teams from the Power 5 conferences. But they have not faced them in consecutive games, another shot for Boise State to prove itself.
The Broncos and Beavers will be squaring off for the ninth time Saturday, and Boise State trails 3-5 in the all-time series. The teams last met in the 2013 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, a 38-23 victory for Oregon State. This will be the first trip to Corvallis for the Broncos since 2005, and though Boise State is winless in three trips to Reser Stadium, the last two games were decided by a combined five points — 26-24 in 2003 and 30-27 in 2005.
Why Bet on Oregon State?
The Beavers (1-1) beat Idaho State last Saturday 37-7 in their home opener to end a 10-game losing streak. Junior wide receiver Victor Bolden Jr. scored on a 92-yard jet sweep, rushed for 111 yards overall and added 56 receiving yards and 15 kick return yards to pace the offense and the defense had five takeaways. Junior quarterback Darell Garretson completed 15 of 30 passes for 172 yards to eight receivers, and rushed for 46 yards and a touchdown as OSU rolled up 418 yards in total offense. OSU rushed for 246 yards and averaged 5.9 yard per play.
The OSU defensive line produced four sacks and kept constant pressure on Idaho State quarterback Tanner Gueller, including a strip sack and fumble recovery early in the first quarter. Titus Failauga stood out in particular, recording two sacks and multiple quarterback pressures.
Oregon State cornerback Treston Decoud was named as the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week. Decoud recorded the first interception of his Oregon State career in the first quarter vs. Idaho State, returning it 13 yards. Midway through the third quarter, Decoud picked off his second pass of the afternoon returning it 75 yards for a touchdown. It was OSU’s longest interception return since Terrence Carroll’s 79-yarder vs. USC in 2000, and was the Beavers’ first pick-six since Caleb Saulo’s against San Jose State on Sept. 19, 2015.
OSU coach Gary Andersen said he prefers not to play Boise State: “I don’t mean that in any disrespect in any way, shape or form,” Andersen said Monday during his weekly press conference. “I think we should play people from not within our own region, necessarily. That’s just my philosophy. I felt the same way at Utah State. I felt the same way at Utah.”
Since their last meeting in 2013, Boise State has more wins over Pac-12 opponents (3; Arizona, Washington and Washington State) than Oregon State (2; Colorado and Arizona State)
My Betting Pick
Broncos are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
Broncos are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
Broncos are 19-9 ATS in their last 28 games in September.
Beavers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.
Beavers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Beavers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
Since it’s under two touchdowns, give the points in NCAA betting and go over the total.