College Football Betting: Idaho-Colorado State Idaho Potato Bowl Update

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Matthew Jordan

Monday, December 19, 2016 12:08 AM UTC

Monday, Dec. 19, 2016 12:08 AM UTC

Just one bowl game on the schedule this Thursday and it's from the iconic blue turf of Boise as the University of Idaho faces Colorado State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET and the NCAAF odds show Colorado State as the favorite.

Idaho Vandals Vs. Colorado State Rams

This line opened with the Rams as 13-point favorites but they are now -15.5 on college football odds at pretty much all of SBR Forum's top sportsbooks. The total opened at 64 and it's now at 65. Did you know this is the longest-running cold weather bowl game going? It's year No. 20 for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The weather could be ugly in Boise so I'm a bit surprised that total is rising. The Thursday night forecast is for a temperature of 22 degrees with a 60 percent chance of snow showers. Ah, Boise in December.

One would presume that Idaho should have a significant advantage in fan support playing in its home state. The Vandals (8-4) finished third in the Sun Belt Conference this season and make their first bowl appearance since a 43-42 win over Bowling Green in the 2009 Humanitarian Bowl. Coach Paul Petrino, the brother of Louisville's Bobby Petrino, has done a fine job there and he was named Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year as Idaho's eight wins this season were more than the team's previous four seasons combined.

This is Idaho's second-to-last season as an FBS program as it will move to the Football Championship Subdivision after next season. Idaho is the first school to ever drop from the FBS to FCS. It had little choice when the Sun Belt earlier this year announced it was booting Idaho and New Mexico State after next season.

Mike Bobo is the only Colorado State coach to go to back-to-back bowl games in his first two seasons. The Rams (7-5) are from the Mountain West Conference. Last year, they lost to Nevada 28-23 in the inaugural Arizona Bowl. Nick Stevens threw for 310 yards and a touchdown for the Rams and he's the team's starting QB this year. Stevens was benched earlier this season and might not have gotten his job back had Collin Hill not tore his ACL in a non-contact play against Utah State. Stevens enters playing really well with 1,414 yards and 12 touchdowns since Oct. 15. He has just one interception in those six games. Receiver Michael Gallup caught 41 passes for 685 yards for seven touchdowns during that span. Idaho has one of the worst pass defenses in the country, allowing 270 passing yards a game to rank No. 112.

Idaho and Colorado State haven't played since 2010. The Rams have a 4-3 all-time advantage over the Vandals. CSU is the home team here and will wear green jerseys. The bowl game originally was supposed to feature a Mid-American Conference school but it switched to get the in-state Vandals.

While Colorado State has a quality win over Mountain West champion San Diego State -- a victory that looks better following the Aztecs' 34-10 blowout of Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday -- and nearly beat then-No. 15 Boise State on Oct. 15 on this blue turf, Idaho hasn't beaten a team this year that finished with a winning record. It has covered just seven of its past 26 games on college football picks against teams with a winning record.

The Rams and Vandals have one common opponent: UNLV. The Rebels lost at home to Idaho 33-30 in overtime on Sept. 24. They lost at home to CSU 42-23 on Oct. 22.

This line has jumped of late. I'll stick with CSU but here's hoping you got it at the first number of -13 as I like it MUCH better at under two touchdowns. 

NCAAF Free Pick: Colorado State -15.5Best Line Offered: BookMaker

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