The Potato Bowl will be interesting for a number of reasons. For one, the game will be played in Boise State’s home stadium, which is a Mountain West venue and therefore a place more familiar to San Jose State.
However, the weather conditions are likely to be bitterly cold, which makes Eastern Michigan a team more likely to settle into the environment than its opponent from the San Francisco Bay Area.
It will be fascinating to see how this game plays out, so let’s take a closer look at the college football odds and see what’s the best option for those who bet online.
Let’s check the latest college football odds, stats, injury reports and college football lines for Eastern Michigan vs San Jose. We’ve plenty of NCAA football odds for you to consider.
Eastern Michigan Eagles
The Eagles went 8-4. Head coach Chris Creighton continues to be one of the wonder workers in the coaching community.
Few coaches across America get more results out of less talent on an annual basis than Creighton does with Eastern Michigan. We saw it again this season.
Eastern Michigan didn’t beat Toledo, and that’s why it fell just short in the MAC’s West Division race, but the Eagles finished second, which was not something that was predicted before the season. They greatly exceeded expectations.
Eastern Michigan scored 31 or more points in each of its last three games, all victories. A team that was 5-4 and uncertain of how its season would unfold managed to finish November – and the 12-game schedule – with a flourish.
One of the season-closing wins was a 31-24 victory over Kent State, a team that reached the Mid-American Conference Championship Game last season.
If you’re making your college football picks, note that EMU won four of its last five games and was an excellent team in the second half of its regular season. They turned things around after taking its share of lumps in the first half.
The coaches adjusted, and the players stuck with the coaches. They have some momentum here.
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San Jose State Spartans
The Spartans were 7-4. They played 11 games instead of the normal 12 because one of their games was canceled due to the death of a team member.
San Jose State played the last several weeks of the season with heavy hearts. Players carried the burden of grief. The pain and sorrow on the team were much more important than any football games.
Yet, San Jose state was able to win three of its last five games to finish the season with a winning record and qualify for the Potato Bowl.
San Jose State allows an average of just 20.3 points per game, eight fewer than Eastern Michigan. However, San Jose State did allow 35 or more points in two of its last three games.
It could be that with a month off to prepare for this bowl game, San Jose State will be able to sharpen up on defense and play this game all-out.
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Eastern Michigan vs San Jose State Head-to-Head
These schools have met once, also in a bowl game. Eastern Michigan won 30-27 in the 1987 California Bowl.
Eastern Michigan vs San Jose State Game Information
- Game: Eastern Michigan vs. San Jose State
- Location: Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
- Day/Time: Tuesday, 20 Dec, 3:30 p.m. ET
- Eastern Michigan vs San Jose State Live Stream: ESPN
Eastern Michigan vs San Jose State Betting Lines
Eastern Michigan vs San Jose State Picks & Prediction
This is a hard game to predict in the sportsbook partly because San Jose State was distracted during its regular season, partly because the weather conditions might play a role.
Ultimately, the Mountain West Conference had a difficult 2022 season. When in doubt, pick against a Mountain West team in bowl season. Eastern Michigan will win.
San Jose State is listed at -180 in our Vegas NCAAB lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Spartans, you have a chance to win $56. Eastern Michigan is +155, offering a chance to win $155 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the San Jose State a 64.29% chance to win, with the Eastern Michigan at 39.22%.