By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On Saturday afternoon, the No. 25 Boise State Broncos faces the Oregon Ducks in the Las Vegas Bowl. The game will kick off at 3:30 pm on ABC from Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Broncos come into this game with a 10-3 record. The Ducks are 7-5 and will be without their head coach in this game.
Former Ducks head coach Willie Taggart accepted the Florida State Seminoles coaching job after Jimbo Fisher flipped to the Texas A&M Aggies. Mario Cristobal, who was named the interim head coach for the bowl game, was named the Ducks permanent head coach moving forward.
Cristobal had his five-year contract approved by the school on Friday.
According to Covers.com Consensus Analysis, the Broncos have a 57% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. They; however, have a 56% chance to win this game, according to their expert poll.
This will be the third meeting all-time between these two teams. But the Broncos leads the all-time series with a 2-0 record.
Boise State won 37-32 on September 20th, 2008. Almost a year later, they won again on September 3rd, 20009 when they won 19-8.
Oregon is 13-17 all-time in Bowl games. They Ducks have lost their past two Bowl games.
They have not won a Bowl game since defeating then-No. 2 Florida State Seminoles, 59-20, in the Rose Bowl in the College Football Playoff Semifinal game a few years ago.
Boise State is 11-6 all-time in Bowl games. Like Oregon, they are coming into this year’s Bowl game with a Bowl loss in their previous appearance, as they lost 31-12 to the Baylor Bears in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl on December 27th, 2016.
The Broncos have not won a Bowl game since they defeated the Northern Illinois Huskies, 55-7, in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
Boise State is 3-0; however, in the Las Vegas Bowl. They won these games in three straight games from 2010 through 2012.
Oregon is 1-1 in their previous Las Vegas Bowl appearances. They defeated then-No. 23 Air Force Falcons, 41-13, on December 20th, 1997.
They lost 38-8 to then-No. 19 BYU Cougars in the Las Vegas Bowl on December 21st, 2006.
The Broncos won their last game in the Mountain West Conference Championship game, winning 17-14 over the Fresno State Bulldogs. A week earlier, they lost 28-17 to the Bulldogs.
Prior to the Bulldogs loss, Boise State had won seven straight games.
The Ducks have won their past two games, defeating the Arizona Wildcats and the Oregon State Beavers. They have not been defeated since a 38-3 loss to the Washington Huskies on November 4th, 2017.
Boise State is averaging 32.1 points per game. The Ducks are averaging 36.7 points per game.
Brett Rypien, the Broncos quarterback, has gone 197 of 310 for 2,515 passing yards. He has 14 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Alexander Mattison leads the running backs with 209 carries for 1,074 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Cedrick Wilson leads the receivers with 73 receptions for 1,290 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
Justin Herbert, the Ducks quarterback, has gone 113 of 170 for 1,750 passing yards. He has 13 touchdowns and three interceptions.
Herbert is back for his third game after missing the five previous games due to an injury. When he has played, the Ducks are averaging a mind-blowing 52.1 points per game – and just 15 points when he did not play.
Royce Freeman will sit out the game, as he prepares for the NFL Draft. Yet, he led the running backs with 244 carries for 1,475 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns.
Charles Nelson leads the receivers with 30 receptions for 392 receiving yards and a touchdown.
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