Oregon @ BSU: More Than Just One Win On The Line?

ctsports picksAnalyst IAugust 30, 2009

CORVALLIS, OR - NOVEMBER 29: Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli #2  of the Oregon Ducks throws a pass against the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Corvalis, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Without a doubt the best game to open the College Football Season this year is the rematch between the Ducks and the Broncos. This time the Ducks are traveling to the Blue Turf and find themselves as an underdog. Both these teams are aiming for a BCS Bowl this year and neither can afford a loss on opening weekend. Handicapper Craig Trapp will breakdown and preview the big game for opening night!

Boise State returns almost every key offensive star from an undefeated regular season last year. They did lose some key wide receivers but BSU has always spread the ball around and they have plenty of weapons on the outside to replace there losses. One of the biggest strengths of the offense is a great offensive line who only allowed one sack per game last year. Last year freshman QB Kellen Moore burst onto the scene and dominated his opponents leading his team to the 12th best scoring offense in all of college football. But for once the Broncos have a running game to balance out the high powered air attack. This balance makes them almost impossible to stop.

Defensively the Broncos were very stout last year only giving up 12 pts per game which ranked them #3 in points scored for all of college football. They do lose a few players off last years team but depth is very good and the drop off will be very minimal.

Oregon's calling card has been offense in recent years. Last year they averaged over 41 pts per game which was good enough for 7th best in all of college football. Coach Mike Bellotti has moved on to become athletic director and last years offensive coordinator Kelly assumes the head coaching spot. The Ducks will score a ton of points this season even though they lost half there starters. The bigger question last year and this year is the defense. One of the worst defenses in all of football last year they gave up nearly 400 yards per game. The defense will not be much better this year but with such a good offense they don't have to be world beaters to win most games this year.

Pretty hard to imagine that the Broncos would ever have equal talent to the PAC 10 power Ducks but that is the case this year. The Blue Turf also is one of the hardest places to claim a road win in college football. This game will be a shootout and the defense that can slow down the other offense in the 2nd half will come out of this game with the win. Get Craig's official winner here!

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