When: Saturday, December 16, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Where: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
Who: Oregon Ducks vs. Boise State Broncos
The Royal Purple Las Vegas bowl ( formerly the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas ) is an NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A post-season college football bowl game that has been played annually at 40,000-seat Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada since 1992.
The NCAA Bowl game, is one of the first bowl games to take the field every year on the NCAA Bowl schedule and annually host the top choice from the Mountain West vs. a Pacific-12 Conference.
This year Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl will be play on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. with the fine folks at ABC.
Back when the Broncos were the darlings of college football, they were fortunate enough to score a home-and-home series with Oregon. The Ducks were perhaps shockingly beaten in both games, and even though that happened a decade ago now at this point, teams are still chicken to schedule games out in Boise.
The Broncos, though, are a shell of their old selves. Sure, they won 10 games this year and captured the Mountain West title, but this conference sort of fell apart this season to the point that Fresno State went from one of the worst teams in the league to the conference title game.
Boise State's defense is still pretty good by Group of Five standards, and this unit propelled the team to wins over good teams like Troy, San Diego State, Wyoming and Colorado State.
Oregon had a tale of three different seasons. At the beginning and the end of the year, Justin Herbert was under center and was slinging the ball all over the place. The team averaged over 52 points per game in his seven starts, and it went 6-1 with him in the fold.
When Herbert was out, though, the Ducks fell apart. They went just 1-4 and scored more than 14 points just one time in those five games.
Oregon may have some questions to answer about its next head coach by the time the Las Vegas Bowl comes around. Willie Taggart seems like he's on the verge of taking the Florida State job, and that could push the Ducks back into a coach hunt for the second straight season.
Opening Line: Oregon -5
Preview: The first Top 25 team to play in a bowl game this year will be the Boise State Broncos. It's been a disappointing year for the men from the Smurf Turf, but at least they won the Mountain West and have earned the right to play in the Las Vegas Bowl. Their reward is one last shot against a Power Five conference team, this time the Oregon Ducks out of the Pac-12. Continue...
What will the final score of the Royal Purple Las Vegas Game be in 2017?
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In 1992, the Las Vegas Bowl was created as a post-season game between the Mid-American and Big West champions, replacing the California Bowl and the Raisin Bowl. Since 1997, it has matched a WAC team against an at-large opponent.
|Date||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Score|
|22 Dec. 2014||Utah||45||Colorado State||10|
|22 Dec. 2013||USC||45||Fresno State||20|
|22 Dec. 2012||Boise State||28||Washington||26|
|22 Dec. 2011||Boise State||56||Arizona State||24|
|22 Dec. 2010||Boise State||26||Utah||3|
|22 Dec. 2009||Bowling Green||35||Nevada||34|
|20 Dec. 2008||Arizona||31||BYU||21|
|22 Dec. 2007||BYU||17||UCLA||16|
|21 Dec. 2006||BYU||38||Oregon||8|
|22 Dec. 2005||California||35||BYU||28|
|23 Dec. 2004||Wyoming||24||UCLA||21|
|24 Dec. 2003||Oregon State||55||New Mexico||14|
|25 Dec. 2002||UCLA||27||New Mexico||13|
|25 Dec. 2001||Utah||10||Southern California||6|
|21 Dec. 2000||UNLV||31||Arkansas||14|
|18 Dec. 1999||Utah||17||Fresno State||16|
|19 Dec. 1998||North Carolina||20||San Diego State||13|
|20 Dec. 1997||Oregon||41||Air Force||13|
|18 Dec. 1996||Nevada||18||Ball State||15|
|14 Dec. 1995||Toledo||40||Nevada||37|
|15 Dec. 1994||UNLV||52||Central Michigan||24|
|17 Dec. 1993||Utah State||42||Ball State||33|
|18 Dec. 1992||Bowling Green||35||Nevada||34|
|BOWL||DATE||TIME / TV||LOCATION||MATCHUP|
|CELEBRATION BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||12 p.m. ET on ABC||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||North Carolina A&T vs Grambling State|
|NEW ORLEANS BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||1 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana||Troy vs North Texas|
|CURE BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||2:30 p.m. ET on CBS||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Georgia State vs Western Kentucky|
|LAS VEGAS BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||3:30 p.m. ET on ABC||Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada||Oregon vs No. 25 Boise State|
|NEW MEXICO BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM||Marshall vs Colorado State|
|CAMELLIA BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama||Middle Tennessee vs Arkansas State|
|BOCA RATON BOWL||Dec. 19, 2017||7 p.m. ET on ESPN||FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida||Akron vs Florida Atlantic|
|FRISCO BOWL||Dec. 20, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas||SMU vs Louisiana Tech|
|GASPARILLA BOWL||Dec. 21, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida||Temple vs Florida International|
|BAHAMAS BOWL||Dec. 22, 2017||12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas||UAB vs Ohio|
|FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL||Dec. 22, 2017||4 p.m. ET on ESPN||Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho||Wyoming vs Central Michigan|
|BIRMINGHAM BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||12 p.m. ET on ESPN||Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama||Texas Tech vs South Florida|
|ARMED FORCES BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas||Army vs San Diego State|
|DOLLAR GENERAL BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||7 p.m. ET on ESPN||Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama||Appalachian State vs Toledo|
|HAWAI'I BOWL||Dec. 24, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawai'i||Fresno State vs Houston|
|HEART OF DALLAS BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||1:20 p.m. ET on ESPN||Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas||Utah vs West Virginia|
|QUICK LANE BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan||Duke vs Northern Illinois|
|CACTUS BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||10 p.m. ET on ESPN||Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona||Kansas State vs UCLA|
|INDEPENDENCE BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana||Florida State vs Southern Miss|
|PINSTRIPE BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York||Boston College vs Iowa|
|FOSTER FARMS BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on FOX||Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California||Arizona vs Purdue|
|TEXAS BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||9 p.m. ET on ESPN||NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas||Texas vs Missouri|
|MILITARY BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland||Virginia vs Navy|
|CAMPING WORLD BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Oklahoma State vs Virginia Tech|
|ALAMO BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||9 p.m. ET on ESPN||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas||Stanford vs TCU|
|HOLIDAY BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||9 p.m. ET on FOX||Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California||Michigan State vs Washington State|
|BELK BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||1 p.m. ET on ESPN||Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina||Wake Forest vs Texas A&M|
|SUN BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||2 p.m. ET on CBS||Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas||NC State vs Arizona State|
|MUSIC CITY BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee||Kentucky vs Northwestern|
|ARIZONA BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||5:30 p.m. ET on CBS||Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona||Utah State vs New Mexico State|
|COTTON BOWL CLASSIC||Dec. 29, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas||USC vs Ohio State|
|TAXSLAYER BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||12 p.m. ET||EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida||Louisville vs Mississippi State|
|LIBERTY BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||12:30 p.m. ET on ABC||Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee||Iowa State vs Memphis|
|FIESTA BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||4 p.m. ET on ESPN||University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona||Washington vs Penn State|
|ORANGE BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida||Wisconsin vs Miami|
|OUTBACK BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||12 p.m. ET on ESPN2||Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida||Michigan vs South Carolina|
|PEACH BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||Auburn vs UCF|
|CITRUS BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||1 p.m. ET on ABC||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Notre Dame vs LSU|
|ROSE BOWL (CFP SEMIFINAL)||Jan. 1, 2018||5 p.m. ET on ESPN||Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California||No. 2 Oklahoma vs No. 3 Georgia|
|SUGAR BOWL (CFP SEMIFINAL)||Jan. 1, 2018||8:45 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana||No. 1 Clemson vs No. 4 Alabama|
|NCAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP||Jan. 8, 2018||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||TBD vs TBD|
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