Oregon State will square off with Boise State in the 2013 Hawaii Bowl, and it's a game that should give everyone something special to watch on Christmas Eve, at least during the commercials of It's a Wonderful Life.
The Beavers had quite the roller-coaster season, which began with a loss to FCS foe Eastern Washington. Mike Riley's team responded with six straight victories behind the excellent play of quarterback Sean Mannion and wide receiver Brandin Cooks. But the Beavers were unable to kick things into high gear when the schedule stiffened, and they dropped their final five games of the season.
As for Boise State, the year began with a 38-6 defeat to Washington, and though the Broncos were able to recover and win eight games, this wasn't the same team as those from the Kellen Moore era. The most intriguing aspect on the Boise State sideline is, well, on the sideline, as the team will be without now-former head coach Chris Petersen for the first time in nearly a decade. Petersen left to coach the Huskies, so it'll be interesting to see how the team plays without his direction.
The two squads last met in 2010 on the blue turf of Boise as ranked foes. The No. 24 Beavers cut the No. 3 Broncos' lead to just 31-24 entering the fourth quarter, but a pair of field goals for the home team provided the winning score, 37-24. Let's take a look now at how their matchup three years later might play out.
Time: Dec. 24th, 8 p.m. ET
Place: Honolulu, Hawaii
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