LA Bowl 2021

L.A. Bowl: Utah State vs. Oregon State

Nothing says glitz and glamor like farmers and wood-chewing rodents.

Nicky G
Nicky G

Location: SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, Calif.)

Time: Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m. EST on ABC

Teams: Utah State (10–3) versus Oregon State (7–5)

Line: Oregon State -7.5

Summary

Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith will be bowling for the first time with his Beaver troupe (what's the plural noun for a group of beavers?), but we've got bad news for him: Utah State has had a fantastic finish of a season as they walloped the San Diego State Aztecs in the Mountain West title game.

Oregon State is 11-6 in bowl games all-time and in its last appearance, the Beavers defeated Boise State 38-23.

The Utah State Aggies aren't strangers to bowl games: They're 5-9 all-time and 1 for 3 in the last four years.

Our Pick

Something we didn't put in the summary there: Utah State won as an underdog 5 times this season, with wins over Washington State, Air Force, Colorado State, and San Jose State. Less one barnburner against Wyoming, and you can see: these kids are scrappy. I like them straight-up as the underdog in this one.

The Score: Utah State wins 31-27

The Actual Score: Utah State 24, Oregon State 13

Bowls

Nicky G

Dad of 3. WVian by birth. ATX for now.