Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Picks Buffalo vs. San Diego State

Jeff Grant

Monday, December 9, 2013 5:00 AM GMT

The Buffalo Bulls will be making just their second bowl appearance since becoming a Division I program, as they prepare to meet the San Diego Aztecs in Boise, ID.

Let’s take a closer look at the college football betting lines for this matchup in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Unfamiliar setting

For just the second time in school history, the University of Buffalo football team will play in a bowl game, as it finished the regular season with an 8-4 SU/ATS record, including wins in six of eight Mid-American Conference games.

The Bulls suffered a 38-20 setback to the Connecticut Huskies in the 2009 International Bowl that was played in Toronto’s Rogers Centre.

Quite a turnaround

Despite suffering a 45-19 setback to the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels in their regular-season finale on Nov. 30, the San Diego State Aztecs have an opportunity to become just the eighth FBS team since 1980 to start 0-3 and get to eight wins.

The Aztecs are 7-5 SU and 6-6 ATS—tying an NCAA FBS record in participating in four overtime games.

College football handicappers need to be aware that San Diego State is 8-0-1 SU all-time against current MAC teams.

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Lacking a quality win

Buffalo opened up its season against two high-quality opponents, but ended up on the losing end against the Ohio State Buckeyes and Baylor Bears in both affairs.

The Bulls truly lack a signature win on the season, as their most impressive victory came against the Ohio Bobcats—a program that seemingly mailed it in halfway through the year.

Expect a close one

The Aztecs haven’t been involved in many lopsided games since Week 4 of the season, as they’ve ended up on the winning end of six of eight contests decided by seven or fewer points.

San Diego State is balanced offensively in averaging 262.2 passing and 159.8 rushing yards per game, but it’ll face a Buffalo defensive unit that’s led by talented linebacker Khalil Mack, who has racked up 10.5 sacks.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers take a look at the UNDER for their college football picks, as both of these teams put up solid defensive numbers despite playing in offensive-minded conferences.

College Football Pick: Under