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Colorado State on a 7-Game Cover Streak Heading into Potato Bowl

The Idaho Vandals will look to stay perfect in bowl games when they match up with the Colorado State Rams in the Idaho Potato Bowl on December 22. This will be the Rams’ third ever bowl game appearance but they will have to overcome large underdog odds if they want to finish with nine wins for the first time in nearly 20 years.

SHARK BITES
  • Idaho is 2-0 all-time in bowl games, Colorado State is 6-9.
  • Colorado State is 7-0 ATS in its last 7 games.
  • Idaho is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games against teams with winning records.

I hope the Vandals like their potatoes mashed because they’ll be facing one of the best bets in college football in this one. The Rams opened as 13-point favorites and that may not be enough to scare off bettors as they’ve cashed seven straight for their ATS backers.

The clock is ticking on the Vandals’ time in the FBS so this could be their last opportunity to appear in a bowl game for an extended period, possibly decades. Motivation is not the only factor in these games but it does play a large part when there’s nothing left to play for.

A bad sign for them, however, is that the Rams have a 3-1-1 ATS record as favorites this year and two of those wins came when Colorado State was favored by more than two touchdowns. The Rams also have a lot more experience in bowl games as this will be their fourth straight year appearing in one.

Idaho Vandals vs Colorado State Rams Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Idaho Vandals have seen them go 8-4 and 7-4-1 ATS so far this season, while the Colorado State Rams are at 7-5 and 9-2-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Rams are 6-6, while the Vandals are 6-6. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Colorado State vs Idaho injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Colorado State Rams rated this week at No. 20 and the Idaho Vandals sitting at No. 52.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Colorado State's No. 38-ranked offense, averaging 34.08 PPG, against a Idaho defense that ranks No. 76 this week at 29.75 PPG. The Colorado State aerial game is averaging 227.75 yards per game, less than the Idaho Vandals secondary allows through the air, 269.58 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Idaho Vandals own the league's No. 49-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 165 yards per game when on the road. Colorado State, on the other hand, rates No. 18 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Idaho cruised to victory in its last outing, as they ran up a 37-12 score against Georgia State at Kibbie Dome.

Last time we saw the Aztecs, they had no answer for Izzy Matthews as the Rams rolled to a 63-31 victory at Qualcomm Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Idaho is 6-0-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Idaho is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • Colorado State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Colorado State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Colorado State's last 5 games

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