A week of chaos among the Ducks’ coaching staff brought uneasiness and uncertainty to Eugene, but lost among it all was the game remaining on the team’s schedule. With the Oregon Athletic Department answering the players’ calls for Mario Cristobal to be named the official head coach, all the distractions can be placed aside. What remains now is a Las Vegas matchup with the Mountain West Conference Champion Boise State Broncos. Entering the game ranked 25th by the CFP committee, both teams bring a history of bad-blood into their December duel. One final challenge sits ahead of Oregon, and much like the rest of the program and athletic department is trying to accomplish after the hire of Cristobal, the goal now is to refocus and stabilize, and it’s most easily attained by taking care of business on the field. With a new head coach at the helm of the program, Oregon will be concluding their 2017 season the same way they started it. This time, though, the Ducks hope its a call to continuity rather than hitting the reset button. And a good sign of which it will be may come from their stop in Sin City.
Oregon’s Focus Shifts to Boise State in Sin City (by Alex Castle)