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Idaho Potato Bowl betting preview

The MAC meets the WAC when 9-3 Toledo and 10-2 Utah State go at it in the Idaho Potato Bowl Saturday, Dec. 15 on the blue turf at Bronco Stadium in Boise (4:30 pm ET, ESPN).

The early Idaho Potato Bowl odds were chalking the Aggies, champions of the WAC and two field goals away from a perfect 12-0, as nine-point favorites over the Rockets, who are playing in a bowl for the third-straight season.

Toledo is 3-1 ATS in its past 4 bowl games, while the Aggies are 1-5 SU in bowl games since 1946. [ More Idaho Potato Bowl betting preview, trends and stats ]

View Toledo vs Utah State Odds and Stats.

Idaho Potato Bowl Betting Line: Fans backing the Aggies here saw them open at 5Dimes as 9-point favorites in this college football clash. The total was 58.5 earlier in the week over at Bovada.

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Toledo Bowl History


YearBowlTeam1ScoreTeam2ScoreTeam2LineATS win
1997MAC ChampionshipToledo14Marshall34-9.5MARSHL
1998MAC ChampionshipMarshall23Toledo1711.5TOLEDO
2001MAC ChampionshipMarshall36Toledo413TOLEDO
2001Motor City BowlCincinnati16Toledo23-5TOLEDO
2002MAC ChampionshipToledo45Marshall49-2.5MARSHL
2002Motor City BowlBoston College51Toledo254BOST.C
2004Motor City BowlConnecticut39Toledo10-3CONN
2004MAC ChampionshipMiami (Ohio)27Toledo35-1TOLEDO
2005GMAC BowlTexas El Paso13Toledo45-3TOLEDO
2010Little Caesars Pizza BowlFlorida International34Toledo322.5TOLEDO
2011Military BowlToledo42Air Force413AIRFOR

Utah State Bowl History


YearBowlTeam1ScoreTeam2ScoreTeam2LineATS win
1997Humanitarian BowlCincinnati35Utah State191.5CINCIN
2011Famous Idaho Potato BowlUtah State23Ohio24-1Push

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Utah State's No. 36-ranked offense (34.4 PPG) against a Rockets defense that ranks No. 59 at 27.3 PPG. The Aggies passing attack has averaged 268 yards per game, less than the Rockets give up through the air (296 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Rockets feature the league's No. 97-rated road run defense, allowing 212.7 yards per game. Utah State, meanwhile, ranks No. 31 in rushing offense at home.

Toledo was a 35-23 winner in their most recent outing at home against Akron. They failed to cover the 17.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (58) made winners of UNDER bettors. In their last game, Toledo's aerial attack generated 327 yards and the Rockets came away with a 35-23 victory over Akron at Glass Bowl.

In their last action, Utah State was a 45-9 winner at home against Idaho. They failed to cover the 37.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (54) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Idaho was unable to contain Kerwynn Williams in its last action Saturday and the result was a 45-9 Week 13 loss against the Aggies.

Toledo Rockets Trends:
When playing in December are 4-6
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When an underdog on the road are 4-6

Utah State Aggies Trends:
When playing in December are 1-4
When playing on turf are 9-1
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When favored at home are 8-2

A few Rockets at Aggies trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toledo's last 5 games
Toledo is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
Toledo is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Utah State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Utah State's last 11 games

 

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