It's the first gridiron meeting between the two schools, and with Oregon State closing strong the Beavers have the advantage over the Maryland Terps in this year's Emerald Bowl.
The Oregon State Beavers [8-4, 6-3 Pac-10] and the Maryland Terrapins [6-6, 3-5 ACC] will meet for the first time ever when they do battle in the 2007 version of the Emerald Bowl.
[articleBanner]who2beton[/articleBanner]Oregon State enters into this game on a roll winning six of their last seven games with the only loss coming to conference powerhouse USC with Beavers star RB Yvenson Bernard (1037 Yds, 12 TDs) out because of injury. Their opponents, Maryland, are no slouches either, and have wins against top tier programs Boston College and Rutgers this season. Bottom line: These are two pretty good teams, but I'm a fan of the Beavers head coach Mike Riley who has never lost a bowl game with a 6-0 record as the top guy with his current team and as as the offensive coordinator with the USC Trojans.
Final Notes & Key Trends: Oregon State is ranked 12th in the NCAA in total defense, allowing 313 yards per game while ranking first in the nation against the run allowing just 2.1 YPC. The Terps are 9-21 ATS their last 30 away from home against strong rush defenses that allow 120 yard per game or less. Play on Oregon State.
Free Pick: Oregon State -4½ (-110)