Mario Cristobal’s debut as Oregon head coach could be going better. The Ducks are down 17-0 early on against Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Boise State scored touchdowns on two of its first three drives on the day, and with a missed field goal, could be up even bigger on Mario Cristobal’s Ducks.
It has been a very hapless start for the Ducks, who are being outgained 191-40 and have just two first downs while Boise State has 12.
It may just be a December 16th bowl game after a hectic few weeks for the program, which lost head coach Willie Taggart to Florida State, but some fans have already seen enough of the Mario Cristobal era, as ridiculous as that sounds.
— Freezing Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed) December 16, 2017
— Keith Hill (@dormgod) December 16, 2017
Is Oregon sure about Mario Cristobal? I haven't seen many football teams look this ill-prepared.
— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) December 16, 2017
Sooooo maybe locking in Cristobal for 5 years was a bad move! I know it’s only been a couple weeks but I haven’t ever seen the #Ducks look this out of sorts ever with Justin Herbert
— RipCity-Raider (@whytefolks1) December 16, 2017
Mario Cristobal is completely out of his depth, two major individual errors on the fumbles. Oregon's D seems sound but has no dynamism on the DL
— JDC (@JDrewCampbell) December 16, 2017
I’m gonna have to become an alcoholic if this is what Oregon is going to look like under Cristobal
— Isaac Kruse (@kruse_isaac) December 16, 2017
It’s disarray. Humiliating for Cristobal so far. One team is well coached and playing hard and the Ducks are a disjointed mess
— Neil Barker (@NeilBarker75) December 16, 2017
"Good thing Cristobal punted at midfield,” said zero Oregon fans.
— Dan Greenspan (@DanGreenspan) December 16, 2017
Mario Cristobal, good luck man. Just wow. Ur team signs a petition to make u the permanent coach and ur team is getting manhandled on national tv by a Group of 5 school.
— Z?itch (@zaj128) December 16, 2017
Fire Cristobal….you made a mistake
— HuskyJW (@HuskyJw) December 16, 2017
Not impressed with Cristobal so far
— UrbanLegend (@dckftrilstrted) December 16, 2017
This has been a horrible game for the Ducks so far, but:
A.) Bowl games are almost always a crap shoot.
B.) The team had a ton of drama surrounding Taggart’s departure.
C.) Boise State is a good team.
D.) Star running back Royce Freeman is sitting out.
There are always teams that don’t show up during bowl season, and this year it appears that Oregon is one of them, as unfortunate as it is for the fans that made the trip to Las Vegas. And considering the players petitioned for Cristobal to get the job, it is a bad look that they’ve come out so flat, but he is an established head coach who had a lot of success at FIU. He deserves more of a look than one late-season exhibition.