The Boise State Broncos and Oregon State Beavers get to do
just that after an invite out to the islands for the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl,
slated for an 8 PM (ET) start on Christmas Eve.
ESPN will televise the event from Aloha Stadium in
SBR's live college football odds showed the Broncos laying
2.5 at some shops in the initial release before that quickly swung around to
Petersen's Departure Has Broncos Shopping For Head Coach
It's possible that the initial line movement is from the
public hopping off the
Linebackers coach Bob Gregory will serve as the interim head
coach, and reports are the Broncos aren't wasting anytime looking for a
permanent replacement with Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter
on the short list. Koetter coached at
Ironically, it was
The Broncos did muster up enough to finish second in Mountain Division of MWC and earn their 13th straight bowl invite. The last three have been to Sin City, where Petersen beat his new employer in last season's Las Vegas Bowl, the Broncos' fourth straight bowl win dating to a 2010 Fiesta Bowl that wrapped up a perfect 14-0 season.
Beavers Limp Into Bowl Season On 5-Game Skid
Whereas Petersen is the newest Pac-12 coach, Mike Riley is the longest-tenured having just completed his 11th straight season in Corvalis, and 13th year overall running the Beavers. It wasn't one of Riley's best seasons at Oregon State (6-6 SU, 6-6 ATS), but his job isn't in jeopardy -- yet -- after the Beavers lost their last five games, including a 36-35 heartbreaker at Oregon in the season finale as 24-point underdogs.
Like Petersen and
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Mother Nature, Series History & Free Pick
Is a weather forecast really necessary? Probably not, but while I don't recall seeing a bowl game in Hawaii played under anything but sunshine, it would be wise to check things before making a wager. More than two weeks out, it's impossible to nail the weatherman down, but there is 40%-50% chances for rain several days during the week before kickoff.
The first-ever bowl game between the
I don't like the aura surrounding either team right now and will give the total a hard look once it is released. In the meantime, my free college bowl pick will be on the underdog Broncos.
College Football Bowl Pick:
Reg. Season: 31-15 (+14.5)