Thursday, December 22, 2016
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
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The Idaho Vandals take on the Colorado State Rams on Thursday, December 22, 2016 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The opening line for this game has Colorado State as 13 point favorites. This season the Vandals are 7-4-1 against the spread and their over/under record is 6-6-0. The Rams have an over/under record of 6-6-0 and they are 10-2-0 against the spread.
Matt Linehan finished with 126 yards through the air for Idaho in his last game. He completed 15 passes out of 19 attempts for a 79% completion percentage. The Vandals were led in rushing by Isaiah Saunders, who finished with 99 yards on 22 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 5 yards per carry. Jordan Frysinger was the team leader in receiving with a total of 44 yards and 4 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 11 yards per reception. As a team in that game Idaho got a total of 16 first downs. Of those first downs, 8 came on the ground while 7 came through the air. They ran 65 total plays for 287 yards for the game. The Vandals ran for 149 yards on 45 attempts.
Nick Stevens finished with 210 yards passing for Colorado State in his last contest. He went 10 for 15, resulting in a 67% completion percentage. The Rams were led on the ground by Izzy Matthews, who finished with 104 yards on 14 carries. He ended the game with an average of 7 yards per rush. Michael Gallup led the team in receiving with 139 yards and 7 catches. He finished the game with an average of 20 yards per reception. Colorado State had 23 first downs total. 13 came from running the ball and 10 came from a pass. They ran 62 total plays for 507 yards for the contest. The Rams ran for 291 yards on 46 carries as a team.
Idaho scores 28.3 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 67th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 20.3 passes on 33.4 attempts for a 60.8 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 238.3 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 60th in college football. The Vandals run for an average of 141.3 yards per game on 36.4 attempts for an average of 3.9 yards per carry. That ranks them 105th in the nation. They also run 69.8 plays per contest and average 5.4 yards per play for an average of 379.6 yards per game, ranking their offense 93rd overall this season. The Vandals average 20.9 first downs per game which ranks them 71st in the country. They accumulate 54.7 penalty yards per game via 5.5 penalties, which ranks 64th in the nation.
Idaho allows 269.6 passing yards per game, ranking 112th in D-1, and they allow 29.8 points per contest on defense, which ranks 76th. They give up 21.8 completions on 34.3 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 63.5. The Vandals allow 145.9 rushing yards per game on 34.6 carries for an average of 4.2 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 39th in the country. Idaho allows 415.5 total yards per game including 6 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 67th in terms of yards per game. They force 2.1 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 5.8 penalties for 46.6 yards per game, ranking them 35th among D-1 teams.
Colorado State averages 34.1 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 38th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 16.3 passes per game on 27 attempts for a 60.5 percent completion percentage. They throw for 227.8 yards through the air per game, ranking them 66th in Division 1. The Rams run for an average of 223.3 yards per game on 42.5 attempts for an average of 5.3 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 31st on the ground. They also run 69.5 plays per game and average 6.5 yards per play for a total of 451 yards per game, ranking them 38th in the country on offense. The Rams get an average of 22.3 first downs per game, which ranks 43rd in the nation. They average 50.6 penalty yards per game via 5.7 penalties, ranking them 78th in college football.
Colorado State allows an average of 191 passing yards per game, which ranks 21st in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 27.8 points per contest, which has them ranked 60th in the nation. They give up 13.8 completions on 23.8 attempts for a completion percentage of 57.9 per game. The Rams allow 213.1 rushing yards per contest on 43.8 carries for a 4.9 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 99th in the country. Colorado State allows 404.1 total yards per game for an average of 6 yards per play, which ranks 60th in D-1. They force 1.2 turnovers per contest and 6 penalties for 46.7 yards in each contest, ranking 36th in the nation.
Idaho Betting Trends
Idaho is 6-6-0 against the over/under this season
Idaho has an ATS record of 7-4-1 this season
Colorado State Betting Trends
Colorado State is 6-6-0 against the over/under this season
Colorado State has an ATS record of 10-2-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
No key injuries to report
12/05/16 DL Josh Lovingood Knee probable Thursday vs. Idaho
12/05/16 LB Kiel Robinson Ankle "?" Thursday vs. Idaho
10/11/16 QB Colin Hill ACL out for season
08/29/16 FB Adam Prentice Knee out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Colorado State -13
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