December 17, 2017

Boise State takes on OR in the 2017 Las Vegas Bowl

04 December 2017, 07:53 | Silvia Roy

Boise State takes on OR in the 2017 Las Vegas Bowl

Willie Taggart's status with Oregon Ducks no clearer after Las Vegas Bowl news conference

When asked by reporters Sunday if he would be the Ducks' coach in the bowl game, Taggart said: "Why wouldn't I be?".

But what are the odds Willie Taggart will be in Sin City to coach the Ducks on December 16 against No. 25 Boise State at Sam Boyd Stadium?

The Seminoles are looking to replace Jimbo Fisher, who left for Texas A&M after being offered a record 10-year, $75 million contract.

After Florida State beat Louisiana Monroe 42-10 on Saturday to extend the program's streak of consecutive bowl appearance to 36, Wilcox said, among other things, the new coach must be a strong recruiter within Florida and have the ability to be a "CEO" of a premier program.

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Further complicating preparation for the Las Vegas bowl are final exams at OR this week.

Willie Taggart may have agreed to a contract extension at OR, but that does not mean he's staying sticking around.

With the early signing period (Dec. 20-22) for football players rapidly approaching, time is of the essence. With preparation and travel for bowl games, this can no longer happen.

The Ducks practiced three times without having an opponent to prepare for.

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"What a matchup we have for our city this year with two of the top national brands in college football", said John Saccenti, executive director of the Las Vegas Bowl.

"It's a bowl game I know our guys really wanted to play in", Taggart said.

The Ducks and Broncos have played twice, in 2008 and 2009, with Boise State winning both matchups. The Ducks defeated Air Force 41-13 in 1997 and lost 38-8 to BYU in 2006.

Among the 10 FBS conferences, the Mountain West has the third-best win percentage in bowl games at 56.5 percent. "They're a program that's won a lot of football games".

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The Broncos were selected for the bowl game following their 17-14 victory over Fresno State in the Mountain West Championship Game Saturday night.

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