Western Michigan Vs. BYU: Potato Bowl Betting History, Trends

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 12:41 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 12:41 PM UTC

Before handicapping the 2018 BYU-Western Michigan Potato Bowl, check out these betting numbers and past results

2018 Potato Bowl: Western Michigan vs. BYU

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The Potato Bowl, played annually at Boise State University’s Albertson Stadium since 1997, has the honor of claiming the longest running cold weather bowl game in operation. No problem for 2018 invites BYU and Western Michigan, each program nestled in chilly territories. The Cougars are 12-point favorites over the Broncos, the latter's second postseason trip to Idaho.

Season Winner Loser Final Line Total Winner ATS O/U
1998 Idaho S. Mississippi 42-35 17 N/A W N/A
1999 Boise St. Louisville 34-31 1.5 N/A W N/A
2000 Boise St. UTEP 38-23 -9 N/A W N/A
2001 Clemson La. Tech 49-24 -6.5 N/A W N/A
2002 Boise St. Iowa St. 34-16 -12 N/A W N/A
2003 Georgia Tech Tulsa 52-10 -7 N/A W N/A
2004 Fresno St. Virginia 37-34 5 N/A W N/A
2005 Boston College Boise St. 27-21 -2.5 N/A W N/A
2006 Miami (FL) Nevada 21-20 -3.5 42.5 L U
2007 Fresno St. Georgia Tech 40-28 5 54.5 W O
2008 Maryland Nevada 42-35 2 58 W O
2009 Idaho Bowling Green 43-42 0 68 W O
2010 N. Illinois Fresno St. 40-17 -2 57.5 W U
2011 Ohio Utah St. 24-23 1.5 60 W U
2012 Utah St. Toledo 41-15 -10.5 58.5 W U
2013 San Diego St. Buffalo 49-24 0 52 W O
2014 Air Force W. Michigan 38-24 0 58.5 W O
2015 Akron Utah St. 23-21 7 46 W U
2016 Idaho Colorado St. 61-50 15 65 W O
2017 Wyoming C. Michigan 37-14 -3 46.5 W O

Potato Bowl Key Betting Numbers (Since 1998 Unless Noted)

Average Victory Margin: 13.2
Average Line: -0.1
Favorite ATS: 8-9 (three pick ‘ems)
Average Total: 55.6 (since 2006)
O/U Record: 7-5 (since 2006)
O/U Margin: 8.7
Largest Underdog Upset: Idaho (+17) 42, S. Mississippi 35 (1998)
Largest Spread: S. Mississippi -17 (1998)
Largest Rout: Georgia Tech 52, Tulsa 10 (2003)

Potato Bowl Summary & Trends

The game winner is 19-1 ATS during the last 20 years.

The winner averages 38.6 points.

Eleven of the last 13 Potato Bowl winners yielded fewer rushing yards on the year entering. They are 11-2 ATS overall, surrendering 25.7 points per game. Western Michigan allows 169.0 and BYU 131.5 yards on the ground per contest.

Conference H2H: MAC vs. Independents

Since 1980, the Mid-American Conference is 89-122-3 SU (42.2 percent) and 98-74-5 ATS (57.0 percent) against Independents, going off 2.8 average underdogs. Since 2006, the “over” has hit 62.7 percent of the time in 59 contests. This is the first clash on neutral soil.

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Western Michigan (7-5 SU, 4-7-1 ATS)

Seasons: 57
Bowl Record: 1-6 SU, 2-3-1 ATS
Coach, Bowl Record: Tim Lester (0-0)

This is Tim Lester’s first bowl game appearance. He went 1-1 SU in the NCAA D-III playoffs coaching Elmhurst in 2012.

Western Michigan vs. Independents

SU Record: 11-5
Average Margin: -2.2
ATS Record: 10-3-1
Average Line: 3.9

In six matchups against Independents catching double digits on the college football oddsboard, the Broncos are 0-5 SU and 0-4-1 ATS, losing by 32.0 points per game.

BYU (6-6 SU, 8-4 ATS)

Seasons: 94
Bowl Record: 14-20-1 SU, 14-17 ATS (since 1980)
Coach, Bowl Record: Kalani Sitake (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS)

Sitake won 24-21, but failed to cover a 9.5-point spread in the 2016 Poinsettia Bowl clash between BYU and Wyoming.

BYU vs. MAC

SU Record: 2-2
Average Margin: 4.5
ATS Record: 1-3
Average Line: -2.3

Marshall romped 21-3 as a field-goal favorite in the 1999 Motor City Bowl, the lone postseason encounter.

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