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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


Year Bowl Team1 Score Team2 Score Team2Line ATS win
1997 MAC Championship Toledo 14 Marshall 34 -9.5 MARSHL
1998 MAC Championship Marshall 23 Toledo 17 11.5 TOLEDO
2001 MAC Championship Marshall 36 Toledo 41 3 TOLEDO
2001 Motor City Bowl Cincinnati 16 Toledo 23 -5 TOLEDO
2002 MAC Championship Toledo 45 Marshall 49 -2.5 MARSHL
2002 Motor City Bowl Boston College 51 Toledo 25 4 BOST.C
2004 Motor City Bowl Connecticut 39 Toledo 10 -3 CONN
2004 MAC Championship Miami (Ohio) 27 Toledo 35 -1 TOLEDO
2005 GMAC Bowl Texas El Paso 13 Toledo 45 -3 TOLEDO
2010 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Florida International 34 Toledo 32 2.5 TOLEDO
2011 Military Bowl Toledo 42 Air Force 41 3 AIRFOR

Utah State Bowl History


Year Bowl Team1 Score Team2 Score Team2Line ATS win
1997 Humanitarian Bowl Cincinnati 35 Utah State 19 1.5 CINCIN
2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Utah State 23 Ohio 24 -1 Push

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