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Idaho Potato Bowl Betting: Utah State, Ohio Try For Rare Bowl Win In Potato Bowl

Posted by Blake Frazier on 12/12/2011 6:12:01 PM
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The Ohio Bobcats have never won a bowl game in their history. The Utah State Aggies have won just one postseason game. Somebody’s got to win in the Idaho Potato Bowl.

Ohio Bobcats vs. Utah State Aggies - Saturday, December 17

Sports betting line: Utah State -2.5

Why Ohio Will Win

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this game, you might be scared by Ohio’s bowl record, but there’s reason to look beyond it. Ohio is bowling for the fourth time in seven years under Frank Solich, but in five previous bowl appearances, the Bobcats are winless. Ohio led 20-0 at halftime of the MAC Championship Game, but fell 23-20 to Northern Illinois. At 9-4, the Bobcats are shooting for a ten-win season, a feat the school has accomplished only once, in 1968. Ohio is statistically sound in every way. The Bobcats can run the ball (206 yards per game, 24th nationally); they can pass (251 yards per game, 39th nationally); and they can stop the run (126 yards per game allowed, 30th nationally). Ohio’s pass defense and turnover margin are perfectly average, but that’s better than Utah State, which has been killed by giveaways this year.
The prolific Bobcat offense is led by Tyler Tettleton, the dual-threat sophomore quarterback. Tettleton has thrown for 3,086 yards and has a 26-to-10 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He is also the team’s leader in rushing touchdowns with nine (and 627 yards). With Donte Harden’s 939 rushing yards, and Ryan Boykin and Beau Blankenship adding another combined 845, Ohio truly is a pick-your-poison offensive power. With receiver LaVon Brazill averaging 16.3 yards per reception (1,042 yards total, with 10 touchdowns) making plays on the edges, Utah State will have a lot to deal with.

Why Utah State Will Win

The college football betting  experts who are examining this contest have to admire the resilience of the Aggies and coach Gary Andersen. Utah State has had a rollercoaster season. Of Utah State’s 12 games, nine were decided by seven points or fewer (five wins, four losses). Utah State went from last-minute losers to resolute winners, claiming its last five games to post a 7-5 record and qualify for its first bowl game since 1997. Freshman sensation Chuckie Keeton electrified the Western Athletic Conference with his often brilliant play in the first half of the season, but went down with a scary neck injury five games ago in Hawaii. Junior quarterback Adam Kennedy took over and has been at the helm during the five-game winning streak. Kennedy has completed 71 percent of his passes and thrown for 909 yards.
The Aggies’ strength is their run game. The top-20 offense comes from 278 rushing yards per game, good for sixth in the country, headlined by Robert Turbin, the WAC offensive player of the year. Despite only getting 40 percent of his team’s carries, Turbin ranks tenth in the country at 118 rushing yards per game. Turbin’s 1,416 rushing yards represent a nice total, but that number would be even bigger if not for the fact that he shares the ball quite a bit with Michael Smith and Kerwynn Williams, who have combined to rush for 1,193 more. Defensively, Utah State is solid at stopping the run with linebacker Bobby Wagner roaming. Overall the Aggies are slightly-above average defensively, but allow 28 points per game due to a consistently-negative turnover margin. As long as USU can protect the ball, though, it should be golden.

Who Will Win

Ohio’s punter publicly lamented the fact that his team was playing in this game. Utah State will have a partisan crowd on hand in Boise, and the Aggies will be more excited about playing this game in its given location. Take Utah State.

College Football Betting Pick: Utah State

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