Tuesday night the Boise State Broncos play the Oregon State Beavers in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Boise State enters this matchup with a record of 8-4 SU and 6-6 ATS, while Oregon State is 6-6 SU and ATS. Boise State will play this game without Chris Petersen the head coach for the past eight seasons.
Petersen signed to be the new coach for the Pac-12 Washington Huskies. Filling in for Petersen, as the interim coach will be Bob Gregory the team’s linebackers coach.
Adding even more drama to the game is the situation of quarterback Joe Southwick. Southwick was officially suspended by the team on Monday for allegedly urinating off a hotel balcony. He was sent home for a violation of team rules.
However, on Sunday Southwick told a television station he did not urinate off the balcony of the hotel. The Broncos quarterback said it was another player on the team who did the urinating and he witnessed that player doing it on Thursday night.
Then on Friday, Southwick found out that he was the one accused of urinating and lost his temper when told he was being sent back to Boise State. Southwick said it boiled down to finger pointing and it was three against one and his temper tantrum was not viewed well.
He said no investigation into the matter was done and the decision to ban him from the game took all of 20 minutes. Southwick has taken a polygraph to clear his name. He wants the opportunity to share the test results with the administrators and coaches at Boise State.
On Monday afternoon, the school issued their statement on the situation that said they had investigated the situation amongst administrators, coaches, law enforcement, student athletes and hotel security and stood by the decision to send the student athlete home.
Lest we forget, there is a game still to be played and with or without Southwick, the Boise State defense will have its hands full with Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion. The talented Mannion has 4,400 yards passing which is second in the nation.
His favorite target Brandin Cooks had caught 120 passes for 1,670 yards, which is the best in the FBS. Even without the distractions of an interim coach and a player peeing off the balcony, Boise State was going to have a tough time with the Oregon State offense.
Some odds makers have seen a change in action when Southwick was sent home, with the line going from -3 in the Broncos favor on Bovada to -3 for Oregon State, a huge six-point change.
The line could even move higher depending upon how much noise Southwick makes in protest, which will be distracting to those players on his team that support him as well as those who do not.
Pick: Oregon State in a blow out 34-10