Ohio and Utah State Both Seek to Satisfy Hunger at Idaho Potato Bowl
2011 Idaho Potato Bowl Free Betting Preview

Potatoes and Bowls Go Together Like A Sandwich and a Plate: A Preview of the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

If you’re a “Meat and Potatoes” type of gamer, than you’re going to love the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl pitting 9-4 Ohio against 7-5 Utah State. It should only seem fitting that America’s favorite side-dish will serve as the middle dish for the kickoff to College Football’s Bowl Season.

If they’re not too distracted by the blue turf, both these teams could put up a lot of points on the board. Ohio can rush the ball with the best – ranking 25th in the nation in rushing yards for. Considering they also throw for over 250 years per game, the Utah State defense could be tested early and often. Look for the Bobcats to pick on the Aggie defense’s secondary, as star WR LaVon Brazill already has over 1000 yards receiving. The Senior could be looking to make a name for himself on Saturday.

Before dropping their last regular season game in a nail-biter against Northern Illinois, Ohio had posted 5 consecutive victories straight up. They’re no slouch Against the Spread either; in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record (like Utah State does) they’re 4-1 ATS. And don’t think that the Bobcats care about respect as talented QB Tyler Tettleton has willed them to a 9-3 ATS mark in their last 12 games as an Underdog.
For their part, Utah State enters the Idaho Potato Bowl with a big chip on their shoulder. Despite posting 2 less SU victories than Ohio, as a member of the WAC they had stiffer competition, even coming within a score of beating Auburn to start the season off.

If there’s one thing the Aggies can do it’s control the ground. Ranking 6th overall in the nation with a massive 278 yards per game, stud RB Robert Turbin will make some NFL team a happy man either this or next year. He’s amassed a silly 1416 yards this season on just 229 carries – over 6 yards per carry – and scored 19 TDs.

In terms of Aggie trends, they are up-and-down. Utah State is 5-1 Against the Spread in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record, but 0-5 Against the Spread in their last 5 games as favorites. Personally, I don’t like those odds, but I dislike the Ohio defense even more.

Listen, the Bobcats have had a great year by any standards, but then again they play in the MAC. My momma could win the MAC with 10 of her friends (you should have seen her on Black Friday, even John Hannah would have been scared to try to stop her). Utah State can flat out score and score quick. The WAC is no joke either (even if it's name is unfortunate). Sporting competition like always dangerous Hawaii, Nevada and Louisiana Tech, they're just tested more week-to-week. Better skill players, better overall competition. Take the Aggies to cover the meager -2.5 spread in this middle betting game of College Football Bowl Season kick-off..

Free Pick: Utah State Aggies to Cover