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Boise State to play Oregon in Las Vegas Bowl

Boise State and Oregon will play Dec. 16 in the Las Vegas Bowl. (File Photo)

Boise State and Oregon will play December 16 in the Las Vegas Bowl.

The Las Vegas Bowl airs nationally on ABC at 1:30 p.m. MT from Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.

The Pac-12 got two teams into the New Year’s Six bowl games – USC and Washington – which slid the rest of the Pac-12 bowl teams up one spot. That meant Oregon, which would have gone to the Cactus Bowl, slid up to the Las Vegas Bowl.

Boise State and Oregon haven’t played since the famed 2009 game in Boise in which Ducks running back LeGarrette Blount punched the Broncos’ Byron Hout during a postgame scrum.

Las Vegas Bowl director John Saccenti said Saturday night that Boise State and Oregon would be the likely matchup if Washington landed a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl, which they did by finishing No. 11 in the final CFP rankings.

Oregon (7-5) finished fourth in the Pac-12 North behind Stanford, Washington and Washington State, but had two impressive wins to finish the season when starting quarterback Justin Herbert came back.

The Ducks were 4-1 to start the season before Herbert went out with an injury. The 6-foot-6 sophomore missed five games, and Oregon went 1-4 during that stretch. He returned for the final two games of the regular season, when the Ducks had a 48-28 win over Arizona, and a 69-10 win against Oregon State.

But Oregon could be without a head coach come December 16. The Ducks’ Willie Taggert has been linked to the opening at Florida State and is considered the favorite to replace former Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher.

Ironically, Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin could become a candidate at Oregon if Taggert left. Numerous reports including FOXSports.com and ESPN said Harsin interviewed for the job with the Ducks last December before Taggert was hired.

Boise State was ranked No. 25 in the final CFP rankings.

The Broncos appeared in three consecutive Las Vegas Bowls from 2010-2012 and went 3-0, beating Utah, Arizona State and Washington.

Tickets to the Las Vegas Bowl are on sale now and can be purchased on the Boise State Athletics website, at the Athletic Ticket Office on the west side of Albertsons Stadium or by phone at (208) 426-4737.

Season ticket holders will be seated based on their priority point rank, so long as they purchase their tickets by 5 p.m. on Tuesday December 5.


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