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Bowl Picks: 2016 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

[lead align=”default”]The 2016 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl doesn’t sound like the most exciting college postseason game, but it’s a game, and we’re picking it.[/lead]

Two Western teams occupy this game, with one of them coming from within the state. The Idaho Vandals had a pretty good year at 8-4, and though they’ve never played a bowl game outside of their home state, it still counts. They also haven’t lost a bowl, if that means anything, which it doesn’t.

On the other sideline are the Colorado State Rams out of the Mountain West. This is not the team from a few years ago that won ten games and got Jim McElwain the Florida job. They’re okay, however, and that might just be good enough.

2016 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Team Backgrounds

Colorado State Rams
Mountain West Conference
7-5 (5-3 MWC)
16th bowl appearance in school history (6-9)
Best win: at San Diego State, 63-31 on November 26
Worst loss: vs. Wyoming, 38-17 on October 1
One stat: The Rams average 451 yards per game on offense, 36th nationally

Idaho Vandals
Sun Belt Conference
8-4 (6-2 Sun Belt)
3rd bowl appearance in school history (2-0)
Best win: at Louisiana-Lafayette, 23-13 on November 5
Worst loss: at Washington State, 56-6 on September 17
One stat: Idaho has the best turnover margin in the Sun Belt, tied with Appalachian State (+8)

2016 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: The Edge

That’s a mighty big point spread. Probably because Colorado State’s wins were a lot better than Idaho’s. I mean, they crushed San Diego State when Idaho’s best win was arguably the Ragin’ Cajuns. This also takes into account that the Rams have a good offense, close to being on par with other top MWC teams.

Idaho’s defense might not be good enough to stop them. The offense is also probably not good enough to keep up. The thing is, it’s bowl season, and anything can happen.

2016 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Pick

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[alert heading=”Colorado State (-15) vs. Idaho” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Idaho +15[/alert]

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