Take Boise State over OR in an upset special

COURTESY BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY- Boise State coach Bryan Harsin will lead the Broncos in Saturday's Las Vegas Bowl game against Oregon

No. 25 Boise State looks to spoil Cristobal's Oregon debut

"Absolutely. But I stand by him like I gave him my word, and I don't break my word for nobody".

Willie Taggart is gone, and Mario Cristobal is in as head coach for the Ducks.

Senior running back Royce Freeman has decided not to play in the bowl game to focus on preparations for next spring's NFL Draft.

The Ducks lost games in back-to-back seasons against Boise State in 2008 and 2009, the latter ending with former OR player LeGarrette Blount punching the Broncos' Byron Hout.

Freeman's senior season already included becoming Oregon's career leader in rushing, and his 1,475 yards this season were good enough for third in the Pac-12.

More Mario: "Am I disappointed in him? No".

"I think a lot of times the problems in this world occur because there is no communication", Cristobal said. "That's a decision Royce has made, and it's something you have to respect".

It will be the first time that two college esports teams from the NCAA's Division I FBS league will play in conjunction with a football bowl game, and a momentous step in bringing together the esports and traditional sports communities. "This is hard for him". "This is not an easy thing for a guy like that that's invested his heart and soul into the program".

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Freeman, a 5-foot-11, 231-pound running back from California, rushed for 1,475 yards and 16 touchdowns this past season. A likely National Football League draft pick, he joins the recent trend of some top players opting not to play in the postseason, hoping to avoid injury.

Broncos coach Bryan Harsin said he hasn't discussed the issue with Vander Esch. He's going to go prepare himself like any other game, get ready and go play his best.

Vander Esch will meet with the media Friday as the team defensive representative at a news conference.

It's the fourth trip to the Las Vegas Bowl for Boise State, which is 3-0 (2-1 ATS) in the previous three.

The Broncos are 6-4 in bowls since then, including a 31-12 loss to Baylor last season in the Cactus Bowl.

Vander Esch could be drafted in the first three rounds, according to the Statesman.

"It's definitely important", Nelson said. Houston's Major Applewhite dropped his first game in charge after being elevated from offensive coordinator to head coach last season, losing 34-10 to San Diego State with a makeshift coaching staff.

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