Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Pick Against the Spread: Ohio Bobcats vs. Utah State Aggies
The name may not be the greatest, but the first day of college football bowl games includes the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Game. The game kicks off on December 17th and will pit the Ohio Bobcats against the Utah State Aggies.
The 2011 bowl game odds on this game opened with the Aggies of Utah State listed as three point favorites. That number has moved down to 2.5 despite the fact that 56% of the public betting money is on Utah State. Now the line can be found at 2.5 in several online sportsbooks. Click Here for Odds on all the BCS Games
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The Aggies come into this game with a record of 7-5 on the season as opposed to the 9-4 record by the Ohio Bobcats. The Bobcats were one of the hottest teams to end the regular season winning five of the last six games, unfortunately that one loss was in the MAC Championship game.
The Bobcats win games by moving the ball on the ground. Donte Harden leads the team with 939 yards out of the backfield and is joined by Tyler Tettleton at quarterback who can also move the rock on the ground. On defense the Bobcats are led by Noah Keller who has over 100 tackles on the season. Overall the Bobcats ranks 29th nationally against the run and they will need it against the Aggies.
The Aggies are on a five game winning streak and are heading to a bowl game for the first time since 1997. The Aggies have had an impressive season that included a near-win over the Auburn Tigers and the first seven win season since 1979.
Geographically this game is much better for Utah State as they are closer and are excited to be back on the bowl scene. The Bobcats are less than thrilled about going to Boise Idaho and this week their punter made it common knowledge on Twitter, before pulling the comment after some negative feedback.
The Aggies are 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game, 9-2 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games, and 5-1 ATS in the last six games against a team with a winning record.
The Aggies may have less wins on the season, but they are favorites for a reason.