The Utah State Aggies will look to right a ship that has gone horribly off course when they battle the Akron Zips in the 2015 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Dec. 22 in Boise, Idaho. Utah State makes its school-record fifth consecutive bowl appearance in this contest while the Zips look to win their first-ever bowl game after making their lone bowl game appearance in 1987.
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A Closer Look At How To Bet The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Odds Featuring The Akron Zips Vs The Utah State Aggies
Despite their late-season struggles, the college football bowl game odds favor the Utah State Aggies by a clear-cut 6-points to beat the Akron Zips and claim the Famous Idaho Bowl. The Aggies are also favored at -244 against the Moneyline. If you like the Akron Zips, they’re a +216 pick against the Moneyline. Now, let’s find out who’s going to bring home the bacon!
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
What: Akron Zips (7-5) at Utah State Aggies (6-6)
When: Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Kickoff: 3:30 PM ET
Where: Boise, ID
Stadium: Albertsons Stadium
Spread: Utah State -6
Moneyline: Akron +210 vs Utah State -250
Game Total: 49
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Akron vs Utah State
Bet The Akron Zips at +6 Because…
The Zips’ seniors still know what a 1-11 season feels like (2012), so there’s no doubt they’re hungry for a bowl win.
Simply put, Akron (7-5 SU, 7-5 ATS) is playing its best basketball of the season at just the right time people!
The Zips won their final four games of the regular season to finish in a tie for second place in the MAC East and have gone 4-0 ATS during the stretch while winning their last two games by an average of 20.0 points per game.
Akron will also have plenty of motivation as they seek their first bowl game victory in school history after losing to Memphis, 38-31 in the 2005 Motor City Bowl.
"The thing that’s beginning to hit us now it’s time for us to go out and win a bowl — not play a bowl, but win a bowl," Bowden told the Akron Beacon Journal.
The Zips have an elite defense that ranks third against the run (89.8 yards per game) and 17th in total defense (328.5) while limiting its opponents to just 21.5 points per game (28th).
Senior linebacker Jatavis Brown won the MAC Defensive Player of the Year award and leads Akron with 108 tackles, including 17.5 for loss, and 10.5 sacks.
Bet The Utah State Aggies at -6 Because…
Bowl territory is nothing new for Utah State — the Aggies have been to the postseason for several consecutive years!
There’s not much reason to back Utah State (6-6 SU, 5-7 ATS) in this contest in my opinion seeing as how the Aggies lost three of its last four games to close out the regular season, including an emphatic 51-28 beatdown against BYU in their regular season finale.
Junior running back Devante Mays (842 rushing yards) will likely get a heavy workload I this contest with starting quarterback Kent Myers questionable for this affair with a shoulder injury.
Utah State allows 27.0 points per game to rank 66th in the nation and has a pair of elite linebackers in senior Kyler Fackrell and junior Nick Vigil. The former led the nation in fumble recoveries (five) while the latter finished fifth in the country in tackles (11.7 per game) and is only the player in the nation to have at least nine tackles in every game.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Utah State may be the more well-know football program in this pairing, but for me, I’m going with the hotter Akron Zips to win this game outright.
Akron may be just 2-5 ATS in their last seven non-conference games, but the Zips are also a near-perfect 5-1 ATS in their last half-dozen games following an SU win and a pristine 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall.
Utah State, on the other hand, is just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record.