Colorado St. Rams vs Idaho Vandals Odds & Info
|Colorado St. Rams vs Idaho Vandals|
|Thursday December 22, 2016, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Idaho and Colorado State battle in the prestigious Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho, on the blue turf of Boise State's Albertsons Stadium. The Idaho Vandals come into the bowl game with an 8-4 record, 4th in the Sun Belt conference. The Vandals have won 4 straight games by an average of 18.75 points. The Colorado State Rams come in with a 7-5 record, winning their last two by a combined score of 112-62. Idaho and Colorado State have met 7 times previously, with Colorado St. winning 4 of those games, the last coming in 2010.
In 4 of their 8 wins this season, Idaho held opponents to 17 points or less. Their defense is led by junior DE Aikeem Coleman and his 8 sacks and 40 tackles. On offense, QB Matt Linehan has thrown for 2803 yards, 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Six of those touchdowns have gone to graduating senior Trent Cowan, Cowan's caught a touchdown in 3 straight games.For the Rams, both Nick Stevens and Collin Hill have passed for over 1000 yards. Stevens has thrown 14 TDs and 3 INTS. Hill has thrown 8 and 2 and both have passer ratings over 140. NFL-hopeful Izzy Matthews, a sophomore from Redding, CA, has rushed for 705 yards and 12 touchdowns this year.
This is Idaho's 3rd bowl game in history (they won the Humanitarian Bowl in 1998 and 2009). Colorado State has lost bowl games in two straight years but won the New Mexico Bowl in 2013.
Vandals are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Rams are 8-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.Over is 12-4 in Vandals last 16 non-conference games.Under is 5-0 in Rams last 5 neutral site games.
Once Idaho announced that this was going to be last year in Division I football most thought the Vandals would be lucky to win 2-3 games but boy were the experts wrong. Instead Idaho had one of it's best seasons in last two decades and have chance at storybook ending with rare bowl game appearance. Clearly this Colorado State team is more talented but just think Idaho keeps it way closer than this near 2 TD spread would indicate. Final Score Prediction, Colorado State Rams win but fall short ATS 29-25.
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