It’s Gameday! With the Las Vegas Bowl kickoff all set and ready to kick off Saturday afternoon, it’s time to look at how we project how the game will turn out between Boise State and Oregon. Here are the BNN staff’s predictions.
Las Vegas Bowl Predictions
Drew Vachal: I am personally looking forward to this matchup for numerous reasons. I was going to school in Eugene during the 2008, 2009 matchups between the two schools. It’s exciting to see these two go back at it.
I think what is key for Boise State is stopping Oregon QB Herbert. He is what makes Oregon really dangerous, as they average over 50 points per game in his 7 starts this season.
If Boise State can contain him they will have a good shot at a victory. Ultimately I think Boise State will come up short against the Ducks.
Boise State 28
Matt Douraghi: I Bleed Blue through and through. However, I don’t see our boys being able to take this one. The biggest reason is Oregon’s speed. I don’t see Avalos developing a game plan that can contain Oregon’s offense for an entire game.
The second biggest reason is Herbert is back for the Ducks and has Oregon rolling. A healthy Herbert means a long day for anyone playing them. Looking at Boise there are two glaring concerns for me. The first being the most obvious with Mattison out. This a significant reduction to Harsin’s arsenal.
The second is the O-line. While the boys up front have inarguably gotten better, Oregon is going to present a whole other beast for them to try and contain (God I sound like Mark May *vomits*). I expect the Broncos to keep this close for maybe a quarter before Herbert and company unleash on them as the first half closes, and keeps it going well into the second. This is one prediction I would LOVE to be wrong on, but…….
Boise State 24
Jason Haskins: This game is going to come down to Boise State’s offense and their ability to produce points after long drives. Too often this season we’d see the boys in blue drive past midfield only to stall out and come away with zero points.
A track meet will not favor Boise State. There will be big plays, yes, but we need to see a bit of ball control balance by Boise State. The Broncos’ defense has decent depth but they haven’t played anyone with this much speed and tempo. Keeping them rested will be key (and finding ways to pressure Justin Herbert).
In the end, the defense does just enough and Cedrick Wilson and Ryan Wolpin go out with a bang to deliver a victory.
Boise State 38
Darrek Harris: I’m excited for this game because it’s another opportunity for the Broncos to rise above the “underdog” cliche. I enjoy asking numerous Bronco fans: “what’s the loudest game you ever attended?” Many respond with the 2009 match up between the Ducks and Broncos. It’s awesome to see the two square off again!
I think if the Broncos can finish their offensive drives, contain the 1,700+ yard arm of Justin Hebert, and provide Rypien with enough time to throw the ball, the Broncos could very well pull it out.
Boise State 27