Oregon State Beavers vs Boise State Broncos Football Preview: Players to Watch, Stats, Preview Betting Odds

Oregon State kicks off the 2022 football season on Saturday when the Beavers host Boise State at 7:30 p.m. at Reser Stadium.

OSU is looking to win its first season start since 2015.

Here’s a first look at the Broncos:

Boise State in the state of Oregon

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Reserve Stadium


series history

Oregon State leads the series 5-4. The last time the teams played was in 2016, when Boise State won 38-24 at Reser Stadium. OSU’s last win over the Broncos was in the 2013 Hawaii Bowl.

Boise State Star Power

Hank Bachmeier: One of the most experienced quarterbacks facing OSU this season, Bachmeier has thrown for 6,108 yards and 35 touchdowns in 25 career starts. Last season was Bachmeier’s best, as he completed 252 of 401 passes for 3,079 yards and 20 touchdowns.

scott matlock: A three-year starting defensive tackle, Matlock had 8 ½ tackles for loss and seven sacks last season.

JL Skinner: One of the leaders of a salty defense in 2021, the three-year starting safety led the Broncos with 92 tackles and three fumble recoveries. Skinner has six finishes during his career, five last season.

Jorge Holani: The 5-foot-11 junior running back rushed for 569 yards last season, but did most of his damage late in the season, with 100-yard games against Fresno State, Wyoming and New Mexico. When he’s healthy, Holani has put up big numbers, as he rushed for 1,014 yards as a freshman in 2019.

Of note

Some local ties to note: Boise State head coach Andy Avalos took over the Broncos’ program before the 2021 season after serving as Oregon’s defensive coordinator. Holani is related to former Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea. Boise State quarterback Sam Vidlak was transferred from Oregon State during the offseason.

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point difference

Beavers by 3

Chances of winning (scale 1-5): 4

It’s hard to overstate the importance of this game to the state of Oregon. The Beavers have lost six straight season starts. In what is perhaps the most anticipated OSU season in nearly a decade, the Beavers can validate the hype with a win over a solid Boise State team. The Broncos, coming off a 7-5 season, are expected to contend for the Mountain West Conference title in 2022. When you think of OSU-Boise State, a shootout comes to mind. But get ready for a little surprise, as this game should lean towards low score. Both teams have better than average defenses. Boise State returns many of its key starters from a defense that allowed an average of 19 points per game last season. But Oregon State has a defense that is equal to BSU. The difference could be the Beavers offensive line that allows OSU to control the game.

early prediction

Oregon State 27, Boise State 17

–Nick Daschel | [email protected] | @nickdaschel

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