Boise State and OR get set to square off in the desert

Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien holds up a champions sign after their 17-14 win over Fresno State in an NCAA college football game for the Mountain West championship in Boise Idaho Saturday Dec. 2 2017

Despite not having Freeman, Cristobal said the Ducks (7-5) "have a pretty impressive stable of running backs" who "have a tremendous opportunity" Saturday in Vegas against the 10-3 Broncos.

This Boise State team isn't the same Boise State team we're used to seeing over the years, and the Broncos didn't exactly have the toughest schedule in the world this season. We just have go out their and play OR defense.

The Boise State Broncos have lost just one game since October and have a chance to win at least 11 games for the 11th time in school history.

Here's why OR will "upset" Boise State in the 2017 Las Vegas Bowl.

Boise State got a touchdown off this play to take a 7-0 lead.

OR did get itself back into the game, thanks to some help from the defensive side of the ball.

Tomorrow's Las Vegas Bowl pits No. 25 Boise State against OR, which has a new head coach (Mario Cristobal) after Willie Taggart was hired by Florida State to replace Jimbo Fisher last week. With Herbert, Oregon is averaging 52 points per game, compiling more than 550 yards in each.

For the Oregon Ducks, this game will be the first with Mario Cristobal as Head Coach.

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One Oregon player is embodying that rallying cry. Running Back Darrian Felix could have a big day.

"Alex has been back he has been practicing, jake we will see where he is at today but like we have told you before as competitive as jake is we do expect him to find a way to be out there and contribute in the game".

The Oregon Ducks have a lot on the line Saturday.

Excitement surrounding Oregon has reached a heightened state with quarterback Justin Herbert returning from an injury to torch Arizona and Oregon State for a total of 536 yards and six touchdowns in the Ducks' last two games. Boise's drive started at the OR 32-yard line after Jabril Frazier recovered a fumble by Tony Brooks-James. This season, Herbert threw for 13 touchdowns along with over 1,700 yards passing.

While Oregon will inevitably rack up yards, the defense of the Broncos will remain stout enough to not let this game get away from them. The absence of Freeman and the injury suffered by Boise State back Alexander Mattison in the MW title game could put this matchup on the shoulders of Herbert and Rypien and the defenses that oppose them.

It is the second straight bowl in which Boise States bowl opponent will be without its top rusher, as Baylors Shock Linwood opted to skip last years Cactus Bowl.

Cedrick Wilson is the player to watch.



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