Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Betting History

How does a late-December trip to Boise, Idaho, sound? Generally, bowl games are played in warm-weather locations, or in a domed stadium if in a cold-weather city. But that’s what makes the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl unique. The game played at Albertsons Stadium on the campus of Boise State debuted in 1997 and is the longest-running cold-weather bowl game in college football.

This game, originally called the Humanitarian Bowl, became official on June 12, 1997. Then-Boise State athletic director Gene Bleymaier conceived the idea because the Big West Conference, now defunct in football, was without a guaranteed bowl game for its champion. Big West Sportsbook Utah State lost to Cincinnati 35-19 in the first game. After the Big West dissolved, the WAC replaced it in the game – but then the WAC stopped competing in football after the 2012 season. Utah State was the final WAC team to play in this bowl too, beating Toledo 41-15 on Dec.  15, 2012. Currently, a Mountain West team plays a Mid-American Conference team in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Georgia Tech running back P.J. Daniels had a historic performance in the bowl following the 2003 season – that year only, it was played in early January. Daniels rushed for an NCAA bowl-record 307 yards in the Yellow Jackets’ 52-10 blowout of Tulsa. With all due respect to Daniels, he’s not close to the biggest-name player to ever compete in this bowl. That honor would go to either future NFL MVP Matt Ryan of Boston College (2005) or ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (2008 with Nevada).

The two biggest upset victories in the bowl game have been by Idaho. In 1998, the Vandals were +16.5 and beat Southern Miss 42-35. In 2016, Idaho was +13.5 and knocked off Colorado State 61-51 in the third-highest scoring game in bowl history. The 84 second-half points were the most combined in any half for a bowl game. The bowl committee opted to take in-state Idaho (which headed to the FCS in 2018) of the Sun Belt in 2016 instead of a MAC team.

The Western Michigan Broncos will take on the BYU Cougars in this season’s Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. For the latest odds, a free pick and handicapping information, visit our Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Game Center

Potato Bowl History
Year Bowl Team Score Team Score Spread ATS Sportsbook SU Sportsbook
1997 Humanitarian Bowl Cincinnati 35 Utah State 19 +1.5 CINCIN CINCIN
1998 Humanitarian Bowl Southern Miss 35 Idaho 42 +16.5 IDAHO IDAHO
1999 Humanitarian Bowl Louisville 31 Boise State 34 +4.5 BOISE BOISE
2000 Humanitarian Bowl Texas El Paso 23 Boise State 38 -7 BOISE BOISE
2001 Humanitarian Bowl Clemson 49 Louisiana Tech 24 +6.5 CLEM CLEM
2002 Humanitarian Bowl Iowa State 16 Boise State 34 -12 BOISE BOISE
2003 Humanitarian Bowl Georgia Tech 52 Tulsa 10 +7 GATECH GATECH
2004 MPC Computers Bowl Fresno State 37 Virginia 34 -6 FRESNO FRESNO
2005 MPC Computers Bowl Boston College 27 Boise State 21 +3 BOST.C BOST.C
2006 MPC Computers Bowl Nevada 20 Miami 21 -4 NEVADA MIAMI
2007 Humanitarian Bowl Fresno State 40 Georgia Tech 28 -5.5 FRESNO FRESNO
2008 Humanitarian Bowl Nevada 35 Maryland 42 +2.5 MARYL MARYL
2009 Humanitarian Bowl Bowling Green 42 Idaho 43 -1 PUSH IDAHO
2010 Humanitarian Bowl Northern Illinois 40 Fresno State 17 +1.5 N.ILL N.ILL
2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Utah State 23 Ohio 24 -1 PUSH OHIO
2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Utah State 41 Toledo 15 +10.5 UT ST UT ST
2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl San Diego State 49 Buffalo 24 -1 SD ST SD ST
2014 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 +2 Air Force Air Force
2015 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Akron 23 Utah State 21 -7.5 Akron Akron
2016 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Idaho 61 Colorado State 50 -16 Idaho Idaho
2017 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Central Michigan 14 Wyoming 37 -3 Wyoming Wyoming
2018 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Western Michigan 18 BYU 49 -10 BYU BYU