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Bowl Picks: 2016 Foster Farms Bowl

[lead align=”default”]Out on the West Coast, the 2016 Foster Farms Bowl pits Indiana against Utah.[/lead]

Pac-12 v. Big Ten is how this one goes, and the Pac-12 entry is the better one. Utah was ranked much of the year and at one point had a case for a playoff spot. The latter ended long ago, but the Utes have had a fine year and they are the Vegas favorites in this game. They are also the number 19 team in the nation, for whatever that’s worth.

They draw the Indiana Hoosiers, a team that put up some good fights against better teams, but couldn’t seem to win any of them. (At the time, Michigan State was a nice win, but it turned out not to be. Still, it’ll be considered their “best win” below because let’s face it, they didn’t have many other good ones.) Fans of the Hoosiers hope they can finally put it all together just before the season’s end. Oh, and their coach, Kevin Wilson, quit a few weeks ago after allegations of mistreating players. It’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt.

2016 Foster Farms Bowl: Team Backgrounds

Indiana Hoosiers
Big Ten Conference
6-6 (4-5 Big Ten)
11th bowl appearance in school history (3-7)
Best win: vs. Michigan State, 24-21 (OT) on October 1
Worst loss: at Ohio State, 38-17 on October 8
One stat: Average 20 points per game against teams with winning records

Utah Utes
Pacific-12 Conference
8-4 (5-4 Pac-12)
20th bowl appearance in school history (15-4)
Best win: vs. USC, 31-27 on September 23
Worst loss: at California, 28-23 on October 1
One stat: Won 12 of last 13 bowl games (1999 to 2015)

2016 Foster Farms Bowl: The Edge

It’s not terribly surprising that Utah is favored. Indiana quarterback Richard Lagow throws too many interceptions, and the Utes’ defense isn’t bad. As mentioned before, Indiana can be competitive in the games of higher importance, but they don’t do much beyond that.

Utah, on the other hand, has done similarly against some of the west’s best, but they did win a few (USC, BYU).

Indiana’s offense may hold them back in this one, thanks to their poor turnover situation.

2016 Foster Farms Bowl: Pick

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