The Boise State Broncos (8-4, 6-2 MW) travel to Honolulu, Hawaii this week to take on the Beavers of Oregon State (6-6, 4-5 Pac-12) in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.
Both teams are coming off of disappointing regular seasons, but looking to finish the year off strong with a bowl game victory.
Oregon State limps into this game having lost it's last five games, and Boise State staggers into Hawaii without its longtime leader. Head coach Chris Petersen left Boise for the head coaching job at the University of Washington earlier this month.
The game itself will be played on Christmas Eve, with kickoff at 8:00 p.m. ET.
It will be the only bowl game on that day, so it should get a decent amount of attention. However, since it will be Christmas Eve, it could end up being just background noise, depending on how the game transpires.
There will be plenty of distractions for both teams going into this one, and the team that is best able to focus and execute most likely brings a trophy back home.
Let's look at what Boise State has to do to insure they are the team coming home with the prize.