Boise State Broncos vs Oregon Ducks Las Vegas Bowl NCAA Football Betting Odds & Free Predictions

Boise State Broncos
Boise State Broncos
3:30 pm ET, Saturday, December 16, 2017
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada
Oregon Ducks
Oregon Ducks
3:30 p.m. ET, ABC. LINE: Oregon -7.5
Boise State Broncos vs Oregon Ducks Las Vegas Bowl NCAA Football Betting Odds & Free Predictions

Pacific Northwest powers Boise State and Oregon meet for the first time in almost a decade on Saturday when they face off in the 26th Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium.

The Mountain West champion Broncos (10-3) won each of the two previous meetings, including a 19-8 victory in Boise on Sept. 3, 2009, that is most remembered for what happened after the game.

That contest, which also marked the Oregon head-coaching debut of Chip Kelly, received national attention when Ducks running back LeGarrette Blount punched Boise State's Byron Hunt as the teams converged on the field afterward.

Blount, who carried eight times for minus-5 yards in the contest, was suspended for eight games for the incident but bounced back to earn a pair of Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots and currently is a key member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Blount and the Ducks came into that contest fuming by what they thought were some cheap shots by Boise State players a year earlier in a 37-32 win by the Broncos in Eugene.

Now the teams get together for Round 3 in Sin City.

The two head coaches from the last meeting, Kelly (UCLA) and Chris Petersen (Washington), moved on to other Pac-12 schools. Meanwhile, Oregon will once again have someone making his Ducks head-coaching debut against the Broncos. Co-offensive coordinator Mario Cristobal takes over for Willie Taggart, who departed for the Florida State head-coaching job two days after Oregon accepted the Las Vegas Bowl bid.

Cristobal, who signed a five-year contract worth $2.5 million per season, was a popular choice among Oregon players, many of whom took to Twitter to lobby for his promotion. The Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year in 2010 compiled a 27-47 in six seasons at Florida International (2007-12) in his only previous head-coaching stint, when he also became the first Cuban-American head coach in Division 1-A.

At his introductory press conference, Cristobal made it clear that the trip to Las Vegas, despite all the distractions and bowl functions, will be important to set the tone for the program going forward.

The game could also serve as a springboard for one of the early favorites in the 2018 Heisman Trophy race, Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert.

The Ducks, who finished the regular season 7-5, were off to a 4-1 start before Herbert broke his collarbone in a 45-24 victory over Cal on Sept. 30. The 6-foot-6 sophomore returned for the final two games -- wins over Arizona (48-28) and Oregon State (69-10). He wound up completing 113 of 170 passes (66.5 percent) for 1,750 yards, 13 touchdowns and three interceptions and also rushed for 166 yards and five touchdowns.

Oregon was 6-1 and averaged 51.2 points in Herbert's starts compared to 1-4 and 15.0 points when he was sidelined.

Boise State, which started the season 2-2, rebounded to win eight of its final nine games, including a 17-14 victory over Fresno State in the Mountain West title game. Quarterback Brett Rypien, nephew of former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Mark Rypien, engineered a 90-yard scoring drive late in the fourth quarter to pull out the win over the Bulldogs.

The Saturday contest will mark the 16th consecutive bowl appearance for the Broncos, who won three straight Las Vegas Bowls from 2010-12 over Utah, Arizona State and Washington. Current head coach Bryan Harsin was the offensive coordinator for Boise State when it won the previous two meetings with Oregon, and he is 4-1 as a head coach against Pac-12 opponents.

Junior linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, leads a stout Broncos defense that ranked 20th in the FBS against the run (125.8 yards per game) and allowed more than 200 yards on the ground just once.

Boise State will be challenged by an Oregon run game that ranked No. 8 nationally (268 yards per game) and accounted for 40 rushing touchdowns. The Ducks' attack features a pair of likely high NFL Draft picks, left tackle Tyrell Crosby, who won the Morris Award as the top offensive lineman in the Pac-12, and running back Royce Freeman, who rushed for 1,475 yards and 16 touchdowns this season.


Boise State Broncos vs Oregon Ducks VDB Sport Betting Odds and Predictions

Boise State Broncos vs Oregon Ducks Betting Odds

  Spread MoneyLine Total
Boise State Broncos +7½ (-115) +220 61 (-110)u
Oregon Ducks -7½ (-105) -260 61 (-110)o

Vegas Daily Betting Free Prediction: Boise State Broncos +7½ and Over/Under 61



Boise State Broncos vs Oregon Ducks VDB Sport Betting Matchup Report


Team Records

Oregon Ducks

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 7-5 6-1 1-4 6-6 5-2 1-4 36.67 28.25 8.42
vs Conf 4-5 4-1 0-4 4-5 4-1 0-4 30.22 30.00 0.22
Last 3 2-1 2-0 0-1 2-1 2-0 0-1 40.00 25.33 14.67

Boise State Broncos

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 10-3 6-1 4-2 8-5 3-4 5-1 32.08 22.46 9.62
vs Conf 8-1 5-0 3-1 5-4 2-3 3-1 33.56 20.33 13.23
Last 3 2-1 2-0 0-1 1-2 1-1 0-1 26.00 20.33 5.67

Betting Odds Trends

Oregon Ducks

Oregon is 8-16-1 ATS in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oregon's last 7 games

Boise State Broncos

Boise State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Boise State is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boise State's last 9 games


Boise State

Player   Status/Updated Notes
Jake Roh TE Prob Sat - Foot - 12/13/17 Roh has missed the last two games with a foot injury but is expected to be available for the Las Vegas Bowl against Oregon.
Alexander Mattison RB Ques Sat - Leg - 12/15/17 Mattison is nursing a leg injury and it is unknown if he will play against Oregon in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Riley Whimpey LB Ques Sat - Upper Body - 12/11/17 Whimpey has missed the last two games of the season with an upper-body injury and his status for the Las Vegas Bowl against Oregon is unknown.
Aisa Kelemete DE out for season - Shoulder - 10/25/17 Kelemete requires season-ending surgery to repair a shoulder injury.
Michael Young CB Out indefinitely - Suspension - 10/3/17 Young has been issued an indefinite suspension for a violation of team rules.
Chase Blakley TE out for season - Ankle - 10/23/17 Blakley had season-ending surgery to repair an ankle injury.
Akilian Butler WR out for season - Knee - 9/11/17 Butler has a torn ACL and is expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the season.
Blake Whitlock LB out for season - Shoulder - 8/28/17 Whitlock sustained a season-ending shoulder injury.
Evan Tyler S out for season - Knee - 8/24/17 Tyler suffered a torn ACL and will miss the entire 2017 season.


Player   Status/Updated Notes
Tony Brooks-James RB Prob Sat - Leg - 12/12/17 Brooks-James is likely to play in the Las Vegas Bowl against Boise State despite a leg injury.
Tyrell Crosby OL Ques Sat - Rest - 12/14/17 Crosby is in line to be rested for the Las Vegas Bowl against Boise State.
Jake Pisarcik OL Ques Sat - Undisclosed - 12/11/17 Pisarcik missed the last two games for undisclosed reasons and his status for the Las Vegas Bowl against Boise State is unknown.
Royce Freeman RB Out Sat - Personal - 12/14/17 Freeman will not play in the Las Vegas Bowl against Boise State as he will want to stay healthy for the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft.
Doug Brenner OL out for season - Hip - 11/2/17 Brenner had surgery to repair a hip injury and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
Kaulana Apelu LB out for season - Ankle - 10/2/17 Apelu sustained a broken ankle, ending his season.
A.J. Hotchkins LB out for season - Leg - 11/8/17 Hotchkins has a leg injury and will miss the rest of the season.

Recent Meetings

  Yard Margins
Date Away Home H Line ATS Tot Rus Pas
9/3/09 ORE 8 BSU 19 -3.5/64.5 W/U -209 -133 -76
9/20/08 BSU 37 ORE 32 -10/52 L/O 40 189 -149

Boise State Last 10

  Yard Margins
Date vs Score Line ATS Tot Rus Pas
12/2/17 FRES W 17-14 -10/50.5 L/U 55 -28 83
11/25/17 @ FRES L 17-28 -6.5/50 L/U -30 8 -38
11/18/17 AFA W 44-19 -17.5/60 W/O 132 -91 223
11/11/17 @ CSU W 59-52 -6.5/58 W/O 71 49 22
11/4/17 NEV W 41-14 -20/63 W/U 177 -2 179
10/28/17 @ USU W 41-14 -13/52 W/O 254 70 184
10/21/17 WYO W 24-14 -15.5/45 L/U 101 55 46
10/14/17 @ SDSU W 31-14 4/47 W/U -12 103 -115
10/6/17 @ BYU W 24-7 -7/47.5 W/U 62 92 -30
9/22/17 UVA L 23-42 -13.5/50 L/O -57 -137 80

Oregon Last 10

  Yard Margins
Date vs Score Line ATS Tot Rus Pas
11/25/17 ORST W 69-10 -26/62 W/O 366 213 153
11/18/17 ARIZ W 48-28 -3/77 W/U 258 182 76
11/4/17 @ WASH L 3-38 17.5/53 L/U -173 0 -173
10/28/17 UTAH W 41-20 3/49.5 W/O 32 256 -224
10/21/17 @ UCLA L 14-31 6/68 L/U -88 104 -192
10/14/17 @ STAN L 7-49 9.5/57.5 L/U -195 28 -223
10/7/17 WSU L 10-33 1.5/60.5 L/U -92 45 -137
9/30/17 CAL W 45-24 -17/66 W/O 196 320 -124
9/23/17 @ ASU L 35-37 -14.5/75 L/U -88 -22 -66
9/16/17 @ WYO W 49-13 -14/66 W/U 375 190 185


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