College Football Preview: Boise State Needs Second Statement Win

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

After thrilling the nation on Labor Day, the Broncos host Oregon State in a must-win game.

Uphill battle While still ranked at #3 in the polls, Boise State faces a tough road to making the BCS National Championship game. All looked good for the Broncos after a thrilling 33-30 win over Virginia Tech but then the Hokies went and got beaten by James Madison. That defeat to a 1-AA/FCS wiped out Virginia Tech’s value on Boise State’s resume. Now with a 2-0 record, after beating Wyoming, Boise State must record a big win at home to Oregon State.

The #24 Beavers are bound to put up a fight. Oregon State gave TCU all it could handle before bravely going down 30-21, followed up with a 35-28 win over Louisville. The Oregon State offense has started the season slowly and that is a big concern. Ryan Katz is completing less than half of his passes and the run game isn’t picking up the slack. On the upside, at least Oregon State is doing everything it can to prepare for the conditions in Boise.

Katz will prove the undoing of Oregon State. The first year starter will be out his depth against this Bronco defense. College Football fans should look for some big plays on defense from Boise State, with Kellen Moore and the offense finishing the job in style. Boise must win big for this to be a statement win, which I like them to do. Bet on the Boise State Broncos at -17.0 with Sports Interaction to rip the Beavers apart.

Irish will bleed Cardinal Red Brian Kelly must have had his fill of devastatingly close defeats at Notre Dame by now, despite having only coached the Fighting Irish through three games. Just a week after going down 28-24 to Michigan in South Bend, Notre Dame lost 34-31 in overtime at Michigan State. I expect things to change this weekend but not for the better.

Andrew Luck leads the #13 Stanford Cardinal into South Bend, looking to move to 4-0 for the season. Luck was on the field for eight possessions against Wake Forest last Saturday and all eight resulted in touchdowns. The Irish defense is improving but it simply isn’t read for the offensive monster that’s coming to town. Dayne Crist will be able to keep this competitive for a half but in a prolonged shootout there will only be one winner. Bet on Stanford as -5.0 favorites with Sports Interaction.