Thursday, December 21, 2006

Las Vegas Bowl Preview

The Oregon Ducks (7-5) are riding a 3-game losing streak while the #19 BYU Cougars (10-2) haven’t lost since September 16th. Both teams have high powered offensive attacks. The Cougars average 36.7 points per game and the Ducks put up 31.3 points per game. Defense is a different story where BYU is a respectable 16th in total defense but Oregon is 84th.

2006 BYU Schedule/Results2006 Oregon Schedule/Results
at Arizona L 13-16Stanford W 48-10
Tulsa W 49-24at Fresno State W 31-24
at (23) Boston College L 23-30(15) Oklahoma W 34-33
Utah State W 38-0 at Arizona State W 48-13
TCU W 31-17 at Cal. L 24-45
San Diego State W 47-17UCLA W 30-20
UNLV W 52-7at Washington State L 23-34
at Air Force W 33-14Portland State W 55-12
at Colorado State W 24-3Washington W 34-14
Wyoming W 55-7at (7)USC L 10-35
New Mexico W 42-17 Arizona L 10-37
at Utah W 33-31at Oregon State L 28-30

Three Reasons to Watch the Las Vegas Bowl
1. The BYU Cougars are looking to win their first bowl game in 10 years.

2. Oregon offensive coordinator Gary Crowton coached BYU from 2001-04 before being fired. While at BYU he recruited Cougars quarterback John Beck and hired current Cougars head coach Bronco Mendenhall as his defensive coordinator.

3. BYU quarterback John Beck set Las Vegas Bowl records for completions (35), attempts (53) and passing yards (353) in last year’s 35-28 loss to Cal.

My Prediction
The Oregon Ducks are a team in turmoil after losing the last three games of their regular season. Their defense has struggled as of late and they are unsettled at the quarterback position. On the other hand BYU is rolling and focused. I say Cougars win an exciting game 31-24.