The Akron Zips (7-5) will battle the Utah State Aggies (6-6) at Albertsons Stadium in Boise Idaho. Kickoff for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is scheduled for 3:30 PM EST on Tuesday, December 22nd. Our NCAAF bowl odds have Utah State listed as a 6.5-point favorite with a total set at 47.5 points.
Akron won their final four games as they enter the second bowl game in program history. Fourth-year head coach Terry Bowden has turned the Zips around. After going 1-11 in his inaugural season, Bowden posted back-to-back 5-7 seasons before this year’s winning campaign. The Offense is led by sophomore quarterback Thomas Woodson, whose completed 53 percent of his passes for over 2,000 yards with an TD:INT ratio of 16:10.
Utah State comes into their fifth straight bowl game losing four of their final six regular season games. The Aggies are very familiar at Albertsons Stadium being this is their third time in five seasons playing in the Idaho Potato Bowl. The offense is led by sophomore quarterback Kent Myers, who passed for 1,470 yards with 14 touchdowns and only three interceptions while adding another 348 yards rushing and three touchdowns with his legs.
Nikko’s Pick: Akron +6.5
The offense might have some youth at the quarterback position for the Zips, however seniors Conor Hundley and Imani Davis provide the leadership needed to succeed. Hundley leads the team in rushing yards (883) and touchdowns (10) while Davis is the team leader in receptions (46) and receiving yards (593).
The Akron defense ranks third in the nation in rushing defense with 89.8 yards allowed per game and 17th nationally in total defense with 328.5 yards per game. MAC Defensive Player of the Year senior linebacker Jatavis Brown leads the team in tackles (108) and sacks (10.5).
The common theme here is senior leadership on both sides of the ball coupled with a stout defense. The Zips finished off the regular season in solid form and should be more than motivated to knock off the Aggies. Take Akron plus the points and splash a little on the money line as well.