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

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/college-football/brigham-young-cougars-vs-western-michigan-broncos-3690880/odds/" rel="nofollow" title="Live Game Odds">2018 Potato Bowl: Western Michigan vs. BYU</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3690880, "sportsbooksIds":[19,238,1096,169,999996], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>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.</p><table border="1" style="width:100%"> <tbody> <tr> <th>Season</th> <th>Winner</th> <th>Loser</th> <th>Final</th> <th>Line</th> <th>Total</th> <th>Winner ATS</th> <th>O/U</th> </tr> <tr> <td>1998</td> <td>Idaho</td> <td>S. Mississippi</td> <td>42-35</td> <td>17</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1999</td> <td>Boise St.</td> <td>Louisville</td> <td>34-31</td> <td>1.5</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2000</td> <td>Boise St.</td> <td>UTEP</td> <td>38-23</td> <td>-9</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2001</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>La. Tech</td> <td>49-24</td> <td>-6.5</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2002</td> <td>Boise St.</td> <td>Iowa St.</td> <td>34-16</td> <td>-12</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2003</td> <td>Georgia Tech</td> <td>Tulsa</td> <td>52-10</td> <td>-7</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2004</td> <td>Fresno St.</td> <td>Virginia</td> <td>37-34</td> <td>5</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2005</td> <td>Boston College</td> <td>Boise St.</td> <td>27-21</td> <td>-2.5</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2006</td> <td>Miami (FL)</td> <td>Nevada</td> <td>21-20</td> <td>-3.5</td> <td>42.5</td> <td>L</td> <td>U</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2007</td> <td>Fresno St.</td> <td>Georgia Tech</td> <td>40-28</td> <td>5</td> <td>54.5</td> <td>W</td> <td>O</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2008</td> <td>Maryland</td> <td>Nevada</td> <td>42-35</td> <td>2</td> <td>58</td> <td>W</td> <td>O</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2009</td> <td>Idaho</td> <td>Bowling Green</td> <td>43-42</td> <td>0</td> <td>68</td> <td>W</td> <td>O</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2010</td> <td>N. Illinois</td> <td>Fresno St.</td> <td>40-17</td> <td>-2</td> <td>57.5</td> <td>W</td> <td>U</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2011</td> <td>Ohio</td> <td>Utah St.</td> <td>24-23</td> <td>1.5</td> <td>60</td> <td>W</td> <td>U</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2012</td> <td>Utah St.</td> <td>Toledo</td> <td>41-15</td> <td>-10.5</td> <td>58.5</td> <td>W</td> <td>U</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2013</td> <td>San Diego St.</td> <td>Buffalo</td> <td>49-24</td> <td>0</td> <td>52</td> <td>W</td> <td>O</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2014</td> <td>Air Force</td> <td>W. Michigan</td> <td>38-24</td> <td>0</td> <td>58.5</td> <td>W</td> <td>O</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2015</td> <td>Akron</td> <td>Utah St.</td> <td>23-21</td> <td>7</td> <td>46</td> <td>W</td> <td>U</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2016</td> <td>Idaho</td> <td>Colorado St.</td> <td>61-50</td> <td>15</td> <td>65</td> <td>W</td> <td>O</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2017</td> <td>Wyoming</td> <td>C. Michigan</td> <td>37-14</td> <td>-3</td> <td>46.5</td> <td>W</td> <td>O</td> </tr> </tbody></table><p> </p><h2>Potato Bowl Key Betting Numbers (Since 1998 Unless Noted)</h2><p><strong>Average Victory Margin: </strong>13.2<br /><strong>Average Line: </strong>-0.1<br /><strong>Favorite ATS:</strong> 8-9 (three pick ‘ems)<br /><strong>Average Total: </strong>55.6 (since 2006)<br /><strong>O/U Record: </strong>7-5 (since 2006)<br /><strong>O/U Margin:</strong> 8.7<br /><strong>Largest Underdog Upset: </strong>Idaho (+17) 42, S. Mississippi 35 (1998)<br /><strong>Largest Spread: </strong>S. Mississippi -17 (1998)<br /><strong>Largest Rout: </strong>Georgia Tech 52, Tulsa 10 (2003)</p><h2>Potato Bowl Summary &amp; Trends</h2><p>The game winner is 19-1 ATS during the last 20 years.</p><p>The winner averages 38.6 points.</p><p>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.</p><h2>Conference H2H: MAC vs. Independents</h2><p>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.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;The 2018 &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/Potatobowl?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#Potatobowl&lt;/a&gt; will feature &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/WMU_Football?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@WMU_Football&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/BYUfootball?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@BYUfootball&lt;/a&gt; Congratulations to both teams! &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/r7j3EUXcil\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/r7j3EUXcil&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— FamousID Potato Bowl (@IDPotatoBowl) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/IDPotatoBowl/status/1069329124152483840?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;December 2, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>Western Michigan (7-5 SU, 4-7-1 ATS)</h2><p><strong>Seasons:</strong> 57<br /><strong>Bowl Record:</strong> 1-6 SU, 2-3-1 ATS<br /><strong>Coach, Bowl Record: </strong>Tim Lester (0-0)</p><p>This is Tim Lester’s first bowl game appearance. He went 1-1 SU in the NCAA D-III playoffs coaching Elmhurst in 2012.</p><h2>Western Michigan vs. Independents</h2><p>SU Record: 11-5<br />Average Margin: -2.2<br />ATS Record: 10-3-1<br />Average Line: 3.9</p><p>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.</p><h2>BYU (6-6 SU, 8-4 ATS)</h2><p><strong>Seasons: </strong>94<br /><strong>Bowl Record: </strong>14-20-1 SU, 14-17 ATS (since 1980)<br /><strong>Coach, Bowl Record: </strong>Kalani Sitake (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS)</p><p>Sitake won 24-21, but failed to cover a 9.5-point spread in the 2016 Poinsettia Bowl clash between BYU and Wyoming.</p><h2>BYU vs. MAC</h2><p><strong>SU Record:</strong> 2-2<br /><strong>Average Margin:</strong> 4.5<br /><strong>ATS Record: </strong>1-3<br /><strong>Average Line: </strong>-2.3</p><p>Marshall romped 21-3 as a field-goal favorite in the 1999 Motor City Bowl, the lone postseason encounter.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/college-football/potato-bowl-college-football-pick-byu-western-michigan-preview/87830" rel="nofollow" title="Read Our Preview Story">Read Our Potato Bowl Preview</a></h2>
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