Why Utah State Will Win The Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl
The offense is a blast.
There’s a running game when it needs one, but the passing attack will wing it all over the yard and keep it rolling, averaging 306 yards per game with 230 yards or more in eight of the last nine games.
The Oregon State pass defense is spotty. It allowed 241 yards per game with no pass rush to help the cause and not enough pressure to be a problem.
The Utah State defense might not be anything amazing, but it makes up for the issue against the run with a whole lot of tackles for loss which lead to a whole lot of big stops.
On the flip side, Oregon State’s defense doesn’t get off the field easily enough. It’s among the worst teams in America at generating third down stops, and Utah State was No. 1 in the Mountain West on the money downs.
Why Oregon State Will Win The Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl
It’s possible to run well on the Utah State defense.
San Diego State was hammered with covid – missing a slew of players – and it was still able to run for 148 yards in the Mountain West Championship loss.
Wyoming ripped off a massive 362-yard rushing day, BYU, UNLV, and other teams that tried to run could do it. Oregon State might be balanced, but it wants to run and run some more.
It hit the 200-yard mark nine times on the season, let the Pac-12 in rushing offense, and it’s all because of an offensive line that should be able to control the game early on.
There’s also a resumé gap.
Yeah, the Mountain West was great against the Pac-12, and Utah State was able to beat Washington State to open the season, but the Aggies lost to BYU and Boise State, didn’t play Fresno State, and again, it got a weakened San Diego State.
They put up a lot of production against mediocre teams. Oregon State is one of the toughest games it’s going to have all year.
Oregon State beat Utah. Arizona State, and USC.