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Idaho Potato Bowl
Utah State vs. Ohio
Saturday, Dec. 17, 5:30 pm
The Bobcats lean more toward the run as they run the ball approximately 60% of the time (558 rush attempts vs 401 pass attempts). Some good news for Bobcats fans is that they score more points on the road then they do at home (33.7 ppg to 27.8). If you are looking for an achilles heel of this Bobcats team look no further than their red zone offense.
Utah State almost took the College Football world by the throat in their opener against defending National Champion Auburn. Led by Freshman QB Chuckie Keeton the Aggies jumped out to a 21-7 lead and lead by 10 points with just three and a half minutes left before the Tigers staged an improbably comeback. From that point USU went on to lose four of their next six and looked like they were in for a long season. As luck would have it, the schedule turned and they faced only one team over the last five games that would finish the year with a winning record. The Aggies took advantage and won their last five games including quality wins over Nevada and Hawai'i.
Make no mistake about it, Utah State wants to run the football (the Aggies will run the ball twice for every time they pass). The previously mentioned freshman QB from Houston, Chuckie Keaton, had a nice season before suffering a nasty injury in the game against Hawai'i. Keaton is expected back for this game. Another player to watch in the Aggies ground attack in Junior RB Robert Turbin.
While it's maybe one of the least sexiest match-ups in all the bowl season, this game actually features a few guys that are strongly being considered as later round picks and potential fringe starters at the NFL level.
This feels like a pretty even match-up from where I sit but the numbers are showing that Ohio will win this game by a touchdown and along with the fact that I believe their is power in Solich. So you are giving Ohio a few points and they should win the game by a touchdown, kind of makes me thing this works out to be our first money line dog. Dont like to go too big early in bowl season with almost 3 dozen games ahead of us but I think Utah State makes a few mistakes and Ohio takes advantage. Lets go Bobcats. Please remember these numbers were posted more than 10 days ago on the analysis page early in this thread. I told everyone to grab the plays early and then take it from there. Perfect example of grabbing 3 points when I posted it and then deciding later if you want to middle the number.