Famous Idaho Potato Bowl - Preview and Prediction

Original Potato Bowl

Doug Upstone

Saturday, December 9, 2017 7:23 PM UTC

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 7:23 PM UTC

The second bowl game of the day on Friday December 22nd takes us to Boise, Idaho and this will be the 21st version of this contest, which started back in 1997 as the Humanitarian Bowl.

Central Michigan Chippewas vs Wyoming Cowboys

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Free College Football Picks: Central Michigan +1Best Line Offered: at Heritage

Like most bowl games, the sponsors changes over the years, but there is a certain charm about a bowl game with current sponsor playing at Albertson's Field. Anyways, the matchup is Central Michigan vs. Wyoming and the most recent college football odds have this game as a Pick or the Cowboys at -1, with the total at 45. Here is a look at both teams.

Central Michigan Preview

The Chippewas were 8-4 and 7-5 ATS this year and closed their season white-hot with a 5-0 SU and ATS finish. What changed for the Chips, their offense found another gear. Against mostly stronger competition, Central Michigan averaged mere 21.8 points a contest. They enter this bowl contest on a major roll at 41.2 PPG. What set the table was the continued development of the running game, which averaged 178 YPG, after being at 119.5 YPG. This will be important against Wyoming who has been somewhat vulnerable to the rush in allowing 172 YPG.

Defensively, CMU is run of the mill as they allowed 26.7 PPG against opposing teams that average 26.9 PPG.

Wyoming Preview

The Cowboys thought they were serious MWC Mountain Division contender, especially with NFL quarterback prospect Josh Allen at the controls. But right from the start it was clear the Wyoming offensive line was below average and the receivers has a tough time creating separation. Allen ended up losing confidence with no help and the Cowboys enter this clash 126th in total offense (the worst of any bowl team) and at just 22.3 PPG.

So how did Wyoming reach 7-5 SU and ATS, there defense. The Cowboys were 21st in total defense nationally and even better in allowing 17.8 PPG, which was 13th. Though Wyoming does give up a few rushing yards, they do so begrudgingly at 3.6 yards a carry and permit only 161 yards passing a contest.

Potato Bowl Outcome

With such a low total, for college football picks, that would seem to favor Wyoming. However, Allen has missed last two games because of should injury and he has told the local press he plans on playing in this contest, in likely what will be his final game. If he becomes a 'go' to play, look for the Cowboys to be more of a favorite and the total to rise also.

Even if Allen is a go (update: he will start), Central Michigan's offense is thriving and if they run on Wyoming like I think they will, that will give them a diverse offense. In addition, the Chippewas were 5-2 SU and ATS on the road this season, which usually matters in bowls and they are 9-2 ATS after two or more straight spread winners.

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