Well, this is a first: A college bowl game named after a talk show host. The inaugural Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl on Saturday features Utah State of the Mountain West against Oregon State of the Pac-12. It’s played at the site of Super Bowl 56.
Oregon State leads the all-time series against Utah State 3-0 but they haven’t played since 1998. Utah State and Oregon State are the first college football teams to play in SoFi Stadium. It will be the second time this year that USU has played in an NFL stadium as it played in Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Oct. 16 in a 28-24 win against UNLV. The Mountain West is 13-12 all-time against the Pac-12 Conference in bowl games.
Utah State (10-3) upset San Diego State in the Mountain West title game 46-13 on Dec. 4. It was Utah State’s 13th conference title overall and first since winning the Western Athletic Conference championship in 2012. It was USU’s first win over a ranked team since 2015.
Utah State vs. Oregon State 2021 LA Bowl Game Information
- When: Saturday, Dec. 18 at 3:30 pm ET
- Where: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California
- TV: ABC
- Radio: KZNS 1280 AM (Utah State) / KEX 1190 AM Portland (Oregon State)
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
- College Football Odds: Oregon State (-7.5) / Utah State (+7.5)
Why Bet on the Utah State Aggies?
Aggies QB Logan Bonner passed for 318 yards and four touchdowns. Named the game’s offensive MVP, Bonner set the MW championship game record with touchdown passes of 5, 58, 18 and 9 yards and was 29-of-42 on the day, both of which were season highs. He now has a school-record 36 TD passes. San Diego State entered allowing a conference-low 17.3 points per game.
Bonner is one of the Mountain West’s best quarterbacks and Deven Thompkins is one of the nation’s top wideouts, named a third-team All-American. On the season, he has caught 96 passes for 1,589 yards. The previous school record of 1,531 was set by Kevin Curtis in 2001. Calvin Tyler Jr. transferred from Oregon State after the 2020 season and leads Utah State with 764 rushing yards.
Utah State went 7-0 on the road for the first time ever and rallied from double-digit deficits in each of its first five road wins. It is the first time USU has won seven road games in a season. Utah State averaged 38.1 points and 457.0 yards of total offense (138.6 rushing, 318.4 passing) on the road this season. USU Utah State has a 5-9 bowl record all-time. It is 41-125-5 (.254) all-time against current members of the Pac-12 Conference.
Why Bet on the Oregon State Beavers?
Oregon State (7-5) had a chance to play in the Pac-12 title game but lost the Civil War to Oregon 38-29 on Nov. 27. B.J. Baylor rushed for 59 yards, and now has 1,259 on the year, which ranks 10th in OSU single-season history. He is aiming to become the first Beaver running back to lead the conference in rushing since Steven Jackson tallied 1,545 yards in 2003. Baylor also moved into 17th for career rushing yards and now has 1,640. Baylor’s 13 TDs are tied for the eighth-most in a single season by an OSU running back.
Oregon State is averaging 5.38 yards per rush this season, which is second in the Pac12. That’s helped OSU to 6.44 yards per play this year, which is first in the conference and 23rd nationally. That 5.38 yards per rush average would mark the program’s single-season record, surpassing OSU’s 5.2 average in 2016.
OSU is playing in its 18th bowl all-time and first since the 2013 season when defeating Boise State at the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl. Oregon State is 11-6 in its previous 17 bowl appearances. The Beavers won five consecutive bowl games from 2003-08.
Head coach Jonathan Smith was the Offensive Most Valuable Player at the 2001 Fiesta Bowl. He passed for 305 yards and three touchdowns in Oregon State’s 41-9 win over Notre Dame.
OSU is 37-26 all-time against current members of the Mountain West Conference. The Beavers last MWC opponent was Hawai’i, which Oregon State defeated, 45-27, on Sept. 11 this season at Reser Stadium.
Utah State vs. Oregon State Betting Trends
- Aggies are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 games overall.
- Aggies are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 games as an underdog.
- The total went over in 4 of Utah State’s last 6 games.
- Beavers are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 games following a ATS loss.
- Beavers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 non-conference games.
- The total went over in 4 of Oregon State’s last 6 games.
Utah State vs. Oregon State Expert Betting Predictions
Pick: Oregon State 33, Utah State 30
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