The Beavers were closer than a three-blade shave to playing in the Rose Bowl as champions of the Pac-10. Instead, they fell 37-33 to rival Oregon and plummet in the bowl selection process to this game. Although this bowl game isn’t exactly shimmering with prestige, the match-up with BYU will be an interesting one.
Max Hall leads BYU on offense. Prior to the season, Hall was mentioned as a darkhorse Heisman candidate. Speaking of the Heisman Trophy, one of the early favorites for next season’s award is Beaver running back Jacquizz Rodgers, who has scored 20 touchdowns on the ground in 2009.
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Sean Canfield has been the unsung hero for Oregon State, passing for over 3,000 yards and 21 touchdowns. He handled the tough environment in the Oregon game remarkably well, and has an opportunity to end his career as a Beaver on a high note after the bitter loss in Eugene.
Who has the edge?
The over-under line for this game could reach 100 points, as both teams boast tremendous offenses to go with lackluster defenses. Hall and Canfield are two excellent field generals for their respective teams, but the difference will be Rodgers. BYU’s running game, led by Harvey Unga, is not quite at the level of the Beavers with Rodgers and his older brother, James. That slight edge for Oregon State will enough to get them by the Cougars.
Oregon State 44, BYU 38