After a fun, exciting season of college football it is finally time for the much anticipated bowl games. The Las Vegas Bowl will be host to one of the best match-ups of the bowl season, the Oregon Ducks vs the Boise State Broncos.
It will be interesting to see what happens in the Las Vegas Bowl. This is Oregon’s first matchup with the Broncos since 2009 in which Boise was victorious by a score of 19-8 and of course the most notable moment of that game was when Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount punched a Boise State player in the face following the game.
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Many things have changed since that last matchup, former Broncos coach Chris Peterson now coaches the Washington Huskies. Oregon saw their program rise to prominence playing in the National Championship Game in 2011 before losing to the Cam Newton led Auburn Tigers.
The Ducks started the season on a roll winning their first three games before their starting quarterback Justin Herbert suffered a broken collarbone, knocking him out for 5 consecutive games. Oregon struggled to find any rhythm on offense consequently loosing 4 of the 5 games he missed.
Once Herbert returned against Arizona, the Ducks seemed to find their footing again, putting up 48 points against the Wildcats and 69 victorious points over rival Oregon State.
Senior tackle Tyrell Crosby, a local Green Valley High School alumni, will wear number 58 during the game in honor of the 58 victims who died during the horrific shooting at the Route 91 Concert.
Boise State began their season in unchartered territory sitting at just 2-2 after four games.
The Broncos chose the two quarterback system of Brett Rypien and Montell Cosart and kept defenses on their heels en route to a 6 game winning streak. They ultimately won the Mountain West Championship over the upstart Fresno State Bulldogs.
Wide receiver Cedrick Wilson has reeled in over 1250 receiving yards as well as 6 trips to the end-zone.
Oregon will have to keep their tabs on Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year Leighton Vander Esch after he tallied 113 tackles this year.
The Broncos lead the all-time series 2-0 and will look to improve to 3-0. The Oregon offense is a different animal with Justin Herbert in the lineup but not having Royce Freeman will sting a bit. Boise always get’s up for their match-ups against Power 5 teams, so they should be motivated to get their 11th win of the season.
Boise State in a close affair 31-27.