With the bowl games finally upon us, expect a ton of competitive contests between equally talented opponents. In the third bowl game of the season, there is a contest between two above average teams. These teams are the Oregon Ducks and the Boise State Broncos. Both teams started the season with similar goals and that has remained true as the season has progressed. Both teams managed to win at least seven games and will look for a nice bowl victory to culminate a successful season.
Oregon’s success is due to sophomore quarterback Justin Herbert. This season, Herbert threw for 13 touchdowns along with over 1,700 yards passing. Herbert’s statistics might look unimpressive at first glance but he also missed five games this season due to injury. Herbert also has run for five touchdowns and can extend a lot of plays due to his mobility. However, Herbert’s job this Saturday might be more difficult due to the absence of star running back Royce Freeman. Freeman ran for 1,475 yards this season along with 16 touchdowns. With him out for the bowl game, Herbert will need to have a big game through the air.
Boise State‘s success is primarily due star quarterback Brett Rypien. This season, Rypien threw for 14 touchdowns and over 2,500 passing yards. Rypien’s job this season has been made easier by sophomore running back Alexander Mattison. This season, Mattison has over 1,000 yards rushing and 12 rushing touchdowns. Rypien and Mattison will need to have big games if the Broncos to an upset the Ducks.
As for my prediction, I am going to pick Boise State in an upset victory. Oregon has had multiple distractions leading up to this game which I believe will prevent the Ducks from performing at an above average level. Specifically, head coach Willie Taggart fled Oregon for the head coaching position at Florida State. With an interim head coach, I doubt Oregon’s roster will be fully focused on the game itself. I will take Boise State by a touchdown.
Oregon vs. Boise St: Game Time, TV Channel & Viewing Details
Event: Oregon vs. Boise State
Date: Saturday, December 16, 2017
Start Time: 3:30 P.M. EST
Location: Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV
How to Watch Oregon vs. Boise St: Game Time, TV Channel & Viewing Details On Your Tablet Or Mobile Device
You can live stream the game on the ABC app.
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