The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will feature two teams who had relatively mediocre seasons but were able to come through with enough impressive wins to be considered for bowl contention. Being played at Albertson’s Stadium on the campus of Boise State University, this matchup should provide for plenty of betting excitement given the geographical proximity of these two schools. We’ve now posted our straight-up predictions for every bowl game this season.
The Idaho Vandals finished this season’s campaign with an overall record of 8-4, and 7-4-1 against the spread. The Vandals were relatively average on both sides of the ball in terms of their points both scored and allowed, as both numbers were around 28 and 29, respectively. This not only contributed to plenty of close games, but also shows that the Vandals never got too high or too low in reference to their statistics- everything pretty much turned up average.
Comparatively, the Colorado State Rams finished the season with an overall record of 7-5 , but an impressive 9-2-1 against the spread. This number should stick out to those who are surveying the odds to the game, as the Rams have proved to be profitable against the number on a consistent basis. In relation to their opponent, Colorado State plays with much higher tempo on offense, and as a result averaged nearly six more points per contest as well as posting very similar average points against.
Our bowl odds show Colorado State favored by 13.5 points with a total set for 64.5 points. For a complete list of odds for this season’s bowl matchups click here.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Betting Line: Colorado State vs Idaho
The Quarterback Play of Nick Stevens
Since earning the starting quarterback position during a stellar second half performance against Utah State, the former backup has posted considerable offensive numbers en route to leading the Rams to a bowl game. The Rams have posted a 5-1 overall record since he assumed the starting job, and the offensive has exploded. If Stevens can continue to guide this explosive offense, Idaho could be in for a long night.
Given that both of these teams play a respectable amount of defense, winning the turnover battle may be key to getting that extra possession and being able to convert it into points. Interceptions have been a problem for Idaho at times this year, which would prove fatal to them, especially since the odds already sit heavily against their favor. Protecting the football should be considered a primary objective for both of these teams.
Idaho Run Offense
As previously stated, Idaho quarterback has struggled significantly at times this season to move the ball through the air, thus relying on their rushing attack in order to move the football. The rushing offense is put together by Aaron Duckworth, who has four touchdowns on the year, and Isaiah Saunders, who has six touchdowns. If the Vandals are going to spring the upset, they will need to move the ball effectively on the ground against this Rams defense. Otherwise, Linehan will be forced to make plays with his arm, which could spell disaster in the turnover margin.
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Home Field Advantage?
In another one of the weird bowl game scheduling conflicts, Idaho will be playing this game in their home state, although it is a considerable distance from their campus. The Vandals will look to take advantage of presumably Vandal-heavy crowd, although Colorado sure to have plenty in attendance as well. However, Colorado State also has the advantage of having played in this stadium before, as Boise State is their fellow Mountain West Conference foe.
Colorado State Rushing Attack
For as much talk about Linehan’s passing ability, the Rams have also been able to move the ball very effectively on the ground as well. The combination of Dalyn Dawkins and Izzy Matthews have produced fifteen touchdowns by themselves. With already a steep hill to climb in front of them, the Vandals will need to slow down the Colorado State rushing combination if they have any chance of keeping their opponents below their high points per game average over the last five contests.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Free Betting Pick & Predictions: Colorado State -13.5
Anyone betting or offering predictions on this game will surely see that Colorado State has been very impressive against the spread throughout the season and feel encouraged by their chances to cover. However, the number currently sits at a relatively high -13.5, especially considering that Idaho is playing in their home state. At the end of the day, I point to the incredible turnaround that this Colorado State team has experienced with Nick Stevens directing the offense, and give the nod to the Rams to cover. This team has put up at least 37 points in each of their last five games to close out the year, and show no signs of slowing down against a mediocre Idaho Vandals squad. When looking at the total as well, I expect a shootout, so consider the odds for the over as well.
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