Week 4 Boise State Broncos vs Oregon State Beavers Predictions

Boise State Broncos players celebrating

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 4:11 PM GMT

Undefeated Broncos (2-0) must head into enemy territory and face an Oregon State Beavers (1-1) squad which is coming off of a huge 37-7 victory Idaho State. Can the Beavers, who are nearly a 2 touchdown home underdog be competitive against this high-powered Boise State offense? 

Kickoff is set for, Saturday, September 24th at 3.30 p.m. EST.at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. According to 5 Dimes Sportsbook, the Broncos are a hefty 13 point betting favorite and the total for the game is listed at 59 1/2 points.

 

Broncos Balanced Offensive Attack
Knowing that it's just week 3 of the NCAA Football Season, but the Broncos have a formidable offense. This is a team that's averaged 502 yards per game overall with 362 1/2 of those yards coming via the passing game.

A good team usually goes as far as a good quarterback will take them and sophomore quarterback, Brett Rypien has been a chip off the old block and has been productive. Rypien has 646 yards passing to go along with 3 TD's and a 60% completion percentage. He must stay away from turnovers. Although the Broncos came away with a 3 point win last week, Rypien threw 3 picks and that's more than 1/3 of what he threw in all of his successful freshman season. I look for Rypien to come out looking to prove a point and that means trouble for Oregon State.

Rypien will have an equal running and passing game supporting him with the help of running back, Jeremy McNichols (164 yards, 4 TDs rushing, 123 yards, 1 TD's receiving) and senior wide receiver, Thomas Sperbeck.

Sperbeck had a 1000 yard season receiving last season and leads the Broncos this season with 13 catches for 263 yards and 2 TD's. That said, McNichols is a double threat that can catch out of the backfield. McNichols is off to another fast start this season after coming off of a 2015 season that saw him have nearly 1800 yards of combined offense to go along with 26 TD's.

Add in the fact that Boise State's defense is allowing less than 60 yards per game rushing and I think that OSU will have their hands full as the college football betting odds, provided by 5 Dimes, now offering 50% free play, is indicative of that fact.

 

Momentum Building Win
I know that the level of competition is much stiffer in this game for the Oregon State Beavers, but they must play like they did last week. Turnovers always play a large role in the outcome of a game and the Beavers forced 5 turnovers last week and they converted on their scoring opportunities as both teams had a similar amount of production offensively except on the scoreboard.

Quarterback, Darrell Garretson (400 yards passing, 3 TD's, 1 INT's) will need to remain mistake-free as he's not the pure dropback passer that Brett Rypien is .The Oregon State running game will be put to the test by the stingy Boise State defense. Ryan Nall (110, 1 TD) hasn't been sensational but has been steady, grinding out over 4 yards per carry. Senior, Victor Bolden Jr. will need to be the "x-factor" in this game as he can run with the football along with being OSU's leading receiver. Thanks to a 92 yard run, Bolden Jr. leads the Beavers in rushing and receiving (7 receptions , 88 yards, 1 TD). He's a big play player and must have a monster game for Oregon State to have any chance in this matchup.

Boise State is the far superior team offensively and their defense is unstoppable where the run is concerned. These two factors will contribute to a BSU win as the betting spread is very reasonable. Take BSU for your week 4 college football predictions.

 

Free NCAAF Picks: Boise State Broncos -13 (-110) 
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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