Boise State vs. Oregon State: 5 Key Matchups in Hawaii Bowl

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Boise State vs. Oregon State: 5 Key Matchups in Hawaii Bowl
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On December 24 at approximately 8 p.m. ET, the Boise State Broncos (8-4, 6-2 MWC) will take on the Oregon State Beavers (6-6, 4-5 Pac-12) in the 2013 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Christmas Eve bowl game is a very difficult one to predict for prognosticators due to the effect the Honolulu atmosphere can have on teams that are not used to playing there.

For Boise State, things will be even tougher than the last time the Broncos traveled to Aloha Stadium to play in this bowl game. Former head coach Chris Petersen, who left the program for the University of Washington after eight seasons, will not be with the team in Hawaii.

Instead, current linebackers coach Bob Gregory will serve as interim head coach.

The last time these two teams squared off, in 2010, Boise State easily handled the Beavers 37-24 on the blue turf.

A lot can happen in the time leading up to the game, but chances are this round will be much closer.

In the following slides, we’ll take a look at some of the more interesting matchups in this game. Winning these matchups could be the keys to holding up the hardware at the end of the night.

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