HONOLULU, HI — The highlight of Christmas Eve in NCAAF College Football will be the battle for the SHERATON HAWAII BOWL. One hundred thirty practices (approximately), 13 football games, a record setting and national award winning receiver, gaudy quarterback numbers, wins, losses, night games, road trips and just plain excitement.
It’s been a crazy season of football for the Oregon State Beavers (8-4) and they completed their the last of the full practices for the 2013 hoping to break a poor run of results in recent weeks.
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It all began officially Aug. 5 on a warm day at the Tommy Prothro Football Complex and it will end at the Aloha Stadium field Christmas Eve day against the Boise State Broncos (8-4).
For the group of Oregon State seniors, it has been a great run with their second consecutive bowl game, a group Beaver Nation should be proud of from all facets of being a student-athlete and representing OSU with class.
Following Tuesday’s Sheraton Hawaii Bowl game it’s time for some rest and relaxation for the team before offseason conditioning begins early in January. It’s back on the field for spring practice March 31 with the spring game May 3 where we will find out who will be the next standout players.
It will be fun as always to watch the development of the program led by Mike Riley, the Pac-12 Conference’s longest tenured head coach.
“I am thrilled that our football team has an opportunity to play another game at an exciting destination against an outstanding opponent in Boise State,” Riley said.
On the field Oregon State, which has dropped its last five games, including losing 36-35 to the Oregon Ducks on Nov 29, will be hoping to end the season on a positive, much like they did to the start the term when they won six on seven to open the season.
Boise State comes into this bowl game with better momentum, winning three of their last four games and defeated New Mexico 45-17 in the last regular season game.
However, they will be without quarterback Joe Southwick, who is suspended for the game after being accused of urinating from a hotel balcony.
And Southwick had strong words for those who barred him from playing as well, claiming that he has been dismissed from the Hawaii Bowl unjustly.
”It’s really important for myself and my family to get this cleared up,” Southwick, who had to take a polygraph test said. ”There was no process to properly adjudicate what happened.
“It’s really disappointing that it had to come to this.
The Oregon State Beavers lead this series 4-3, but have dropped the last meeting at home in 2010.