Take Boise State over OR in an upset special

Ross Houston
December 16, 2017

The Broncos are 3-1 against Pac-12 teams in bowl games, including a 2-0 record in the Las Vegas Bowl with wins over Arizona State in 2011 and Washington in 2012.

The Broncos will try to end a three-game losing streak against Power 5 opposition. OR averaged 52.1 points in the seven games Herbert started this season, but only scored a total of 75 points in five games when the sophomore was out with a broken collarbone. Mario Cristobal leads the Ducks in his first game since being promoted to head coach on December 8 after Willie Taggart took the Florida State job.

OR doesn't have nine months to let Cristobal take hold of his new position, instead he needs to show on Saturday that he can keep the momentum going.

But in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, a couple of things are in Boise State's favor.

A Green Valley High School alum and Oregon Ducks offensive tackle will honor victims lost in the 1 October shooting. He has thrown for 1,750 yards, 13 touchdowns and three interceptions.

It will be the first time that two college esports teams from the NCAA's Division I FBS league will play in conjunction with a football bowl game, and a momentous step in bringing together the esports and traditional sports communities.

Oregon QB Justin Herbert vs. Boise State's pass defense.

Plus, Oregon tailback Royce Freeman, the No. 6 rusher in major-college history with 5,621 yards, is sitting out the game because he doesn't want to risk injury before the NFL Draft. It's a setback, but with the depth the Ducks have at running back, they can fill the void.

This year, Boise State in particular has been a driving force for college esports.

Crosby said the following, "Looking forward to PLAYING my last game wearing a number so significant to the City of Las Vegas".

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