Michigan St., Oregon look to salvage seasons with bowl win
Michigan State (7-5) vs. Oregon (8-4), Monday, 3 p.m. EST (Fox).
Line: Oregon by 2½.
Series Record: Tied 3-3.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Both teams were ranked in the top 15 of the AP Top 25 earlier this season and had much higher aspirations than the Redbox Bowl. But ending the season with a win against an opponent with pedigree would provide a silver lining to an otherwise disappointing campaign.
Verdell has 5 TDs in Oregon’s 55-15 win over Oregon State
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon coach Mario Cristobal says redshirt freshman running back CJ Verdell is just "scratching the surface" for what he can become.
Verdell ran for 187 yards and four touchdowns, and also caught a scoring pass as Oregon defeated Oregon State 55-15 Friday in a Civil War victory that was marred by quarterback Justin Herbert's first-half injury.
Pac-12 Freshman of the Year? Look to the Pacific Northwest
The Pacific Northwest appears to be leading the way in the Pac-12 for freshmen running backs who are having an impact.
A trio of talented backs, Oregon State's Jermar Jefferson, Oregon's CJ Verdell and Washington State's Max Borghi, are all taking on notable roles on their offenses as either true or redshirt freshmen.
Meanwhile, Arizona State seems to have cornered the market on freshman defenders. And there's USC's still-could-be-in-high-school quarterback JT Daniels.
No. 12 Oregon at No. 25 Washington St tops Pac-12 slate
Here are some things to watch in Week 8 of the Pac-12 Conference football season:
Dilemma facing teams with late leads: Kneel or keep playing?
Closing out a victory when you have the ball and a narrow lead with time running out can require some math proficiency and a little creativity.
Two Pac-12 games last week show just how challenging things can get.
EUGENE — The first spring for Oregon football in the Mario Cristobal era was capped Saturday by a Spring Game in sun-splashed Autzen Stadium marked by big plays on both sides of the ball, a solemn tribute to the United States military and proof positive of the progress made by the Ducks over the last several weeks.
The student section was still swag surfing.
And former Oregon coach Willie Taggart also left behind some entertaining new players for the fans to enjoy during Saturday’s spring game at Autzen Stadium.
Wide receiver Daewood Davis and running back CJ Verdell, two talented members of Taggart’s 2017 recruiting class who redshirted last season, each scored two touchdowns during the offense’s 41-7 victory over the defense.