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Idaho Potato Bowl Preview: Ohio vs Utah State

Utah State AggiesOhio Bobcats
Dec 17, 5:30 PM | Turf of Bronco Stadium

Utah State Aggies vs Ohio Bobcats Odds


Ohio has never won a bowl game but they aim to break a 5-game bowl losing skid in the Idaho Potato Bowl at Bronco Stadium on Saturday against the Utah State Aggies.

Of note, the past 4 Humanitarian Bowls - this has been renamed for 2011 - played OVER the total. The MAC has also lost the past two games, which accounts in some measure for the fact the Bobcats opened as 3-point underdogs on the Idaho Potato Bowl odds menu.

This season the Bobcats are 9-4 overall and 6-7 ATS against the number, while the Aggies are 7-5 and 6-6 ATS. As for the totals, Ohio is 7-6 on the OU, and Utah State is 7-4-1.

View Utah State vs Ohio Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: The Bobcats were listed as 3-point underdogs at sportsbooks on the opening college football line. The Idaho Potato Bowl over under ws sitting at 47.5 over at BetOnline earlier, check for updates and bowl game special bonuses.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Ohio's No. 38-ranked offense, averaging 31 PPG, against a Aggies defense that ranks No. 73 this week at 28.2 PPG. The Bobcats aerial game is averaging 250.9 yards per game, more than the Aggies secondary allows through the air, 240 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Aggies feature the league's No. 50-rated road run defense, allowing 155.5 yards per game. Ohio, meanwhile, ranks No. 42 in rushing offense at home.

Utah State won its last outing, a 24-21 result against New Mexico State on December 3. Utah State failed to cover in that game as a 14-point favorite, while the 45 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

Ohio lost its last outing, a 23-20 result against Northern Illinois on December 2. Ohio covered in that game as a 3.5-point underdog, while the 43 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

Utah State Aggies Trends:
When playing in December are 1-3
When playing on turf are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When favored on the road are 5-5

Ohio Bobcats Trends:
When playing in December are 0-4
When playing on turf are 6-4
After being outgained are 4-6
When an underdog at home are 5-5

A few Aggies at Bobcats trends to consider:
Utah State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Utah State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Ohio is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games