- Ted Miller, ESPN Staff Writer
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Kevin went 1-1 over the weekend. Ted went a yucky 0-2.
Kevin now leads Ted by two games with seven bowls remaining, his record sitting at 76-18 while Morose Miller is 74-20.
Kevin Gemmell: If I’m an Oregon State fan, Boise State's rushing attack scares me. Jay Ajayi has six 100-yard rushing games this year and four multi-touchdown games. Oregon State’s rushing defense wasn’t particularly stout, yielding 193.2 yards per game and 27 touchdowns – the second-highest total in the conference. Then again, quarterbacks complete 64 percent of their throws against the Broncos, who allow 248.4 yards in the air per game. The Boise State-Fresno State game might offer some comparable insight as Derek Carr threw for 460 yards and four touchdowns. The Broncos are opportunistic, however, with 15 interceptions this season. The question is whether Sean Mannion reverts back to the guy who was on fire the first half of the season, or if he’s the guy who has thrown 11 interceptions in the last four games. I’m leaning toward Brandin Cooks and Mannion blowing up in a high-scoring affair. Oregon State 38, Boise State 35.
Ted Miller: The Beavers and Broncos have two common opponents: Washington and San Diego State. The Huskies blew out both, while the Beavers nipped San Diego State on the road and Boise State lost in overtime, also on the road. While neither result is telling, it does suggest neither team seems clearly superior. Kevin noted the Beavers issues against the run, and that might be exacerbated by the absence of injured LB D.J. Alexander, who had neck surgery. Of course, the Broncos are without starting QB Joe Southwick, who was suspended from the game. His backup, Grant Hedrick, however, has mostly played well when Southwick was hurt in the last half of the season. Boise State is also playing the first game since Chris Petersen stepped down to take over at Washington. The Beavers do have one clear advantage -- the four words and two numbers that will follow. Boise State 38, Oregon State 35.
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