The Utah State Aggies will be hunting for their first bowl win since 2018 when they take on the Oregon State Beavers at the 2021 Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl Presented by Stifel. The Beavers’ bowl drought has been longer, as the program is only making its first bowl game appearance since 2013. Check out our preview of this Utah State-Oregon State showdown below.
Betting Preview for the Utah State Aggies vs Oregon State Beavers NCAA Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl Presented by Stifel Bowl College Football Game on December 18, 2021
Where: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California
When: Saturday, December 18, 2021, 8:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ABC
Betting on the Utah State Aggies (+7.5)
Record: 10-3 Overall / 6-2 Conference
Utah State made sure to make noise before the bowl season, as it took down the then-no. 19 San Diego State Aztecs in the Moutain West title game to the tune of a 46-13 score. That was a pretty dominant performance by the Aggies, who were led by Logan Bonner. The quarterback went 29/42 for 318 passing yards and four touchdowns with an interception against the Aztecs. Wide receiver Brandon Bowling embarrassed San Diego State’s secondary with 154 receiving yards and a couple of touchdowns on eight catches. That has been the kind of season for the Aggies. Utah State has a top 20 passing attack and an offense that is averaging 33.2 points per game. Apart from Bowling, the Aggies also have Deven Thompkins, who is third nationally with 122.2 receiving yards per contest.
Utah State is 6-1 against the spread in its last seven games overall.
Betting on the Oregon State Beavers (-7.5)
Record: 7-5 Overall / 5-4 Conference
Although they failed to beat the Oregon Ducks in their regular-season finale, the Beavers should still be given a passing mark this year for clinching a ticket to a bowl game. Among Oregon State’s best wins this season was a 42-34 victory over the eventual Pac-12 champions Utah Utes at home back in October. Like Utah State, the Beavers love to trust their players in gaining yards on the ground. In fact, the Beavers entered Week 14 of the 2021 college football season 20th in the nation with a 57.71 rush play percentage and 12th with 216.9 rushing yards per game. B.J. Baylor finished the regular season tops in the Pac-12 with 1,259 rushing yards. Baylor could be a barometer for the Beavers this upcoming bowl game, as Oregon State went 5-1 in six games that he rushed for 100 yards.
Oregon State is 6-1 against the spread in its last seven games against a team with a winning record.
Oregon State wins, 33-27.
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