Idaho vs Colorado State Potato Bowl Lines, Betting Pick & TV Info

Posted by Henry Watkins on Tuesday,December 20, 2016 12:18, EDT in

Christmas Day is the magical day when college football fans believe that the lesser bowl games come to an end and the big ones begin. This is a little unfair to the teams that play prior to that date, though, as they have worked really hard all year to get themselves into a big game that probably means an awful lot to the players and the programs involved. This is why we are embracing these games instead of glossing over them, and we will start the previews of this week’s action by looking at the Idaho Potato Bowl that features the Idaho Vandals and the Colorado State Rams. These are a pair of teams that finished the season in a rich vein of form, and who both looked like outside bets for a bowl game after a shaky start to the regular season. It’s always fun when two in-form teams go head to head, and this should be a good game to watch on Thursday night. Colorado State are the bookies choice, and are 13-point college football betting odds favorites.

Idaho vs Colorado State Potato Bowl Lines, Betting Pick & TV Info

When: Thursday, December 22, 2016. 7:00 pm ET
Where: Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
TV: ESPN
Radio: Idaho / Colorado State
Stream Option: WatchESPN
NFL Odds: Colorado State -13

Why bet on the Idaho Vandals?

The Vandals took third place in the Sun Belt Conference, finishing their regular season at 8-4. That was an impressive end to a season that they started at 4-4 before coming big in the final few weeks to win 4-straight. They will be looking to QB Matt Linehan to air out the ball as often as possible, and while the young man does have a good arm, he is also prone to making some mistakes. He tossed for 15 TD passes this season, but also threw in 10 INT’s as well. The Vandals went 4-3 ATS as an underdog this season, and also covered in their only other game against a Mountain West opponent this season.

Why bet on the Colorado State Rams?

The Colorado State Rams are another team that were able to finish strong after a rough start to the season. The went 4-1 in their final 5 games to end the season at 7-5. They started the season with Nick Stevens at QB, but benched him in favor of Colin Hill, who ended up going down with an injury. It was after they went back to Stevens that their fortunes changed again. It certainly helped that their running game was on point, with Dalyn Dawkins doing most of the damage for the Rams on the ground. Colorado State have been a fabulous betting option all year, going 10-2 ATS, which included being 4-1 ATS when installed as the favorite.

Idaho vs Colorado State Betting Pick: Idaho Vandals

The Colorado State Rams have a balanced attack that is going to be tough for the Vandals to handle. This thing may stay close in the first half, but I think the Rams start to pull away in the latter stages of the game.

Idaho Vandals 21 Colorado State Rams 35