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Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Potato Bowl

Colorado State's Rams ended the regular season with seven straight spread covers; Idaho's Vandals also finished with seven straight wins against the spread. Two of the hottest bets in college football complete their 2016 seasons when CSU takes on Idaho in the 20th playing of the Famous Idaho Potato (formerly Humanitarian) Bowl.

Kickoff: Thursday, December 22 @ 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
Additional Read: Idaho vs Colorado State Betting

2016 Potato Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
Colorado State-13.5

Odds at Bovada

Team Records
IdahoSun Belt8-47-4-16-6
Colorado StateMWC7-59-2-16-6

Potato Bowl Matchup

Following six straight losing seasons, which included three one-win campaigns, Idaho is back in a bowl. The Vandals started 2-3 this year, but then won six of their last seven games to finish with eight victories, eclipsing their win total for the last four seasons combined.

Idaho also finished the regular season on a 7-0 ATS run, winning three times outright as a betting underdog. The Vandals outrushed three of their last four opponents, while their defense held three of their last four foes to 14 points or less.

Colorado State, meanwhile, is appearing in a bowl for the fourth straight season. The Rams started 3-4 this year, with losses to eventual Pac-12 South champion Colorado and Minnesota. But they then won four of their last five games, beating bowl-bound New Mexico and eventual Mountain West champion San Diego State along the way.

CSU also finished its regular season with a 7-0 ATS streak, hitting the 40-point mark four times during that span. For the season, the Rams proved to be one of the best bets in the country, going 10-2 ATS.

The Vandals only rank 93rd in the nation in total offense, averaging 380 yards per game, and 67th in total defense, allowing 416 YPG, while playing what the Sagarin ratings at USAToday.com rank as the 122nd-toughest schedule. But they also rank in the top 15 in turnover margin at +8.

The Rams, playing the 79th-toughest schedule, rank 38th in total offense at 451 YPG and 30th in rushing at 223 YPG. Meanwhile, their defense ranks 60th overall, allowing 404 YPG, but 99th against the run, giving up 213 YPG.

Famous Potato Bowl Betting Trends
  • Idaho is 1-5 ATS in its last six games against teams with winning records.
  • Idaho is 1-8 SU in its last nine games against the Mountain West.
  • Colorado State is 7-0 ATS in its last seven games.
  • Colorado State is 7-2 SU in its last nine games on Thursday.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of Colorado State's last seven games after a win.
  • Idaho is 1-5 ATS in its last six games against teams with winning records.
  • Idaho is 1-8 SU in its last nine games against the Mountain West.
  • The total has gone OVER in four of Idaho's last five games after consecutive wins.

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Potato Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1997Humanitarian BowlCincinnati35Utah State19+1.5CINCINCINCIN
1998Humanitarian BowlSouthern Miss35Idaho42+16.5IDAHOIDAHO
1999Humanitarian BowlLouisville31Boise State34+4.5BOISEBOISE
2000Humanitarian BowlTexas El Paso23Boise State38-7BOISEBOISE
2001Humanitarian BowlClemson49Louisiana Tech24+6.5CLEMCLEM
2002Humanitarian BowlIowa State16Boise State34-12BOISEBOISE
2003Humanitarian BowlGeorgia Tech52Tulsa10+7GATECHGATECH
2004MPC Computers BowlFresno State37Virginia34-6FRESNOFRESNO
2005MPC Computers BowlBoston College27Boise State21+3BOST.CBOST.C
2006MPC Computers BowlNevada20Miami21-4NEVADAMIAMI
2007Humanitarian BowlFresno State40Georgia Tech28-5.5FRESNOFRESNO
2008Humanitarian BowlNevada35Maryland42+2.5MARYLMARYL
2009Humanitarian BowlBowling Green42Idaho43-1PUSHIDAHO
2010Humanitarian BowlNorthern Illinois40Fresno State17+1.5N.ILLN.ILL
2011Famous Idaho Potato BowlUtah State23Ohio24-1PUSHOHIO
2012Famous Idaho Potato BowlUtah State41Toledo15+10.5UT STUT ST
2013Famous Idaho Potato BowlSan Diego State49Buffalo24-1SD STSD ST
2014Famous Idaho Potato BowlWestern Michigan24Air Force38+2Air ForceAir Force
2015Famous Idaho Potato BowlAkron23Utah State21-7.5AkronAkron
2016Famous Idaho Potato BowlIdaho-Colorado State--13.5  
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