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Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Betting Guide: Wyoming Cowboys vs. Kent State Golden Flashes

The college football odds favor Wyoming, which won’t be playing the local team when it meets Kent State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at Boise, Idaho. The Cowboys are 0-8 on the road against Boise State, but won the 2017 edition of this game.

Game: Kent State Golden Flashes (7-6) vs. Wyoming Cowboys (6-6)
Location: Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
Date/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 21, 3:30 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN

famous idaho potato bowl betting guide: wyoming cowboys vs kent state golden flashes

Kent State Golden Flashes vs Wyoming Cowboys Betting Lines

Team Point Spread Moneyline Over/Under
Wyoming -3 (-110) -150 59 (-110o)
Kent State +3 (-110) +130 59 (-110u)

When it was Meet for Potatoes, Wyoming Stepped to Plate

The Cowboys lost at Boise State 23-13 on Nov. 12. They fell on the blue turf 24-14 in 2017 before returning to rout Mid-American Conference member Central Michigan 37-14 in the Potato Bowl. Wyoming has been all over the place this season, winning its first four, losing its next four and alternating wins and losses in its last four.

The Cowboys fell to 4-7-1 against the spread with an inexplicable 38-14 setback to Hawaii as a 13-point favorite in the Las Vegas odds. Wyoming had covered in its previous three games. The over has delivered in four of the Cowboys’ last five with the only under coming in Boise.

Players to Watch

Chad Muma was selected to the AP All-America third team and was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top linebacker. The senior also made the Mountain West Conference first team. Muma is fourth nationally with 10.8 tackles per game. His 80 solo tackles are second in the country. Junior defensive back C.J. Coldon made the MWC second team.

Coldon broke up nine passes in helping the unit limit opponents to 22.5 points per game. Wyoming boasts a two-headed rushing attack in senior Xazavian Valladay and junior Titus Swen, who have combined for 1,721 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Injury Report

There are no major injuries to report pertaining to this game.

Golden Flashes Didn’t Shine in ATS Matters

Kent State played an aggressive non-conference schedule that included losses at then-No. 6 Texas A&M, then-No. 5 Iowa and Maryland by a combined 75 points. The Golden Flashes took off the ankle weights and won four of their first five MAC games before splitting the final four. Kent State is 6-7 ATS after losing to Northern Illinois 41-23 in the MAC final on Dec. 4 in Detroit as a 3½-point favorite when betting online. Eight of the Golden Flashes’ 13 games stayed under.

Players to Watch

Senior quarterback Dustin Crum was named MAC Player of the Year. The senior accounted for 27 touchdowns. Crum and sophomore running back Marquez Cooper rushed for 11 TDs apiece. Cooper was a second-team MAC pick. Sophomore wide receiver Dante Cephas (eight TD catches) and senior defensive back Elvis Hines joined Crum on the MAC first team. Hines had three interceptions and broke up another 10 passes.

Injury Report

There are no major injuries to report pertaining to this game.

Betting on the Game

The programs, who prepared for their conference seasons quite differently, have never met. While Kent State was losing to Power Five teams, Wyoming was defeating a MAC opponent that Kent State knows too well, outlasting Northern Illinois 50-43.

The altitude could be a factor. Boise sits at 2,740 feet – nowhere near Laramie, Wyo. (7,220) but more than twice as high as Kent, Ohio (1,145).

Wyoming has considerable experience in playing at what could be considered altitude, going 4-5 straight-up and 5-4 ATS in such games. The Cowboys are 1-0 in Boise when not taking on the locals, and could have a decent contingent making the 700-mile trip.

Kent State just competed for a conference title in an arguably lesser league than the Mountain West. Tricky read in the world of college football picks.

All signs point to the under, though. The low is 7-0 in Wyoming’s last seven after a double-digit loss at home and 5-0 in Kent State’s past five after a straight-up loss. Also, all four of the Golden Flashes’ non-conference games this season stayed under.

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