Oregon State at Boise State
Oregon State has weapons on offense but faces plenty of obstacles against Boise State in Week 4.
Oregon State offense vs. Boise State defense
• RB Jacquizz Rodgers can be effective running between the tackles despite his lack of ideal size and power. Rodgers is a patient runner who gives his blockers time to get into position, and linebackers have a difficult time locating him in a crowd because he's just 5-foot-7. But he needs a seam because he lacks ideal power, and Oregon State's interior offensive line will have its hands full trying to make room against the Boise State defensive front. DTs Billy Winn and Chase Baker are one-gap run-stoppers with above-average initial quickness and active hands. They are high-effort players, and are unlikely to wear down with Mike Atkinson, Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe and J.T. Nisby providing quality depth. Their ability to get into the backfield and force Rodgers to run laterally will give the swarming Boise State run defense time to close in. Defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski also will keep the Beavers off balance with stunts, slants and run blitzes. He can slant the defensive line to the right and have a linebacker or defensive back step up on the left side of the formation. Any false steps or assignment breakdowns on the offensive line will open the door for Boise State to shoot a gap and wrap Rodgers up at or behind the line of scrimmage.
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