The Ohio Bobcats (9-4) and Utah State Aggies (7-5) will meet up in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Saturday afternoon inside Bronco Stadium in Boise, ID.
Ohio Bobcats vs. Utah State Aggies
Ohio will be aiming to win its first-ever bowl game and will be playing in the postseason for the fourth time during the Frank Solich era. The Bobcats suffered a 48-21 loss to the Troy Trojans in last year’s New Orleans Bowl.
“The Ohio University football program is extremely excited for this wonderful opportunity in Boise,” commented Bobcats head coach Frank Solich. The team closed the regular season with victories in five of six games, dropping a 23-20 contest to the Northern Illinois Huskies as 3.5-point underdogs.
The Bobcats are certainly no slouch, winning 45 games since the start of the 2006 campaign, which is the most by any Mid-American Conference school during that period. It’s also important to note that their four losses have come by an average of just 4.7 points per game.
Offensively, the team has scored 403 points, surpassing the school’s previous high of 376 set back in 1968. The Bobcats also accumulated 5,896 yards of total offense this year, which absolutely obliterated the previous high (4,599).
Ohio has a very balanced attack featuring four runners that have rushed for 400 yards or more this season, while sophomore signal-caller Tyler Tettleton enters with 3,082 passing yards and 26 touchdowns.
Bettors will find that the Bobcats are 9-4 ATS as an underdog over the last two-plus years, but have failed to cover their last two bowl games.
Utah State was the talk of college football in Week 1 after nearly knocking off the Auburn Tigers in a 42-38 defeat as 24-point road underdogs and has made it into the postseason despite starting the year with a 1-3 record.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for our program,” commented Aggies head coach Gary Anderson. “We’re excited to represent the university.” It’s the first bowl appearance for Utah State since 1997, as the program is 1-5 in its previous six postseason games.
The Aggies will be relying heavily on the play of running back Ronny Turbin, who ranked 10th in the nation in averaging 118 rushing yards during the regular season. Some time off may help his production, as he wore down in the final two games, gaining just 159 combined years in those contests.
Two quarterback could end up splitting time under center, as junior Adam Kennedy completed 70.7 percent of his passes for 909 yards in replacing freshman Chuckie Keeton, but he’s listed as probable on the current injury report due to a previous back injury.
The Aggies were 2-5 ATS as favorites this year and are 3-5 ATS when the line is within three points on either side the past two-plus campaigns.
Recommendation: Ohio Bobcats +1.5
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