Head Coach Mario Cristobal understands the decision that Freeman had to make, but the game is not worth the risk of injury for a player looking to work his way into the Top 50 of the NFL Draft. I will take Boise State by a touchdown.
OR went 3-and-out on its first possession.
Not surprisingly, Crosby is carrying more than a desire to play well in his final college game. Some will look at Oregon's record and be hesitant as well, but the Ducks spent a chunk of their season without quarterback Herbert. If you ask boise state linebacker, Leighton Vander Esch, the Ducks still have other valuable options to go to.
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After cashing in blowout wins over Utah in 2010 and Arizona State in 2011, Boise State was a 4.5-point favorite in the narrow victory over Washington. Troy Dye and Jalen Jelks are a force from the middle of the line and Arrion Springs leads the Pac-12 in protecting his side of the field.
"We have the utmost respect for them due to their history and what they show on film how they do things on and off the field so to me that's the most relevant and important thing we have a tremendous game against a tremendous opponent", said Oregon Head Coach Mario Cristobal.
Looks like one of the tightest lined bowls with SMU getting to play a semi-home game boosted by one of the nation's best offenses but bogged down by one of the nation's worst defenses. I expect Stanford to do the same to Kenny Hill and TCU. The Owls will use running back Devin Singletary (1,796 yards, 29 TDs) early and often in an effort to grind the clock and get him 2,000. Most gambling websites are siding with OR decisively, so it will be interesting to see if the Ducks can live up to that honor. The momentum has already had a big push on recruiting. Boise State will have trouble keeping up. Quarterback Brett Rypien struggled to find consistency throughout the year, battling injuries and regularly sharing time with Kansas transfer Montell Cozart.
The Ducks, down 24-0 with roughly 40 seconds remaining in the half, faced a potential 31-0 deficit with Boise State driving at the Ducks' 10-yard line. Rypien has at least two touchdown passes in four of his last six games.