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    Spooky Express Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

    Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

    Where: Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho
    Date & Time: Friday, December 22, 2017 at 4:00 PM ET
    Spread: Wyoming -1
    Over/Under Total: 45
    Quick Pick: Central Michigan +1

    The Central Michigan Chippewas will take on the Wyoming Cowboys on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 4:00 PM ET in the 2017 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. This game is being played on the famous blue carpet of Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho.


    Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

    The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl has been played since 1997 annually at the Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho.

    The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl was formerly called the Humanitarian Bowl from 1997 until 2010. In 2011, the Idaho Potato Commission took over the official sponsorship and the name was changed to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

    This year, the bowl tie-ins are the Mountain West Conference and the Mid American Conference. This year, the Wyoming Cowboys will represent the Mountain West Conference and the Central Michigan Chippewas will represent the Mid American Conference. This is the first time that both the Chippewas and the Cowboys will appear in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.


    Previous Matchup History

    The Chippewas and Cowboys have only played each other two times in the history of the schools. The two schools split the games, with Central Michigan winning in 2002 and Wyoming winning in 2000. The Central Michigan Chippewas won the 2002 matchup in Mount Pleasant, Michigan by the score of 32-20. The Wyoming Cowboys won their game in 2000, at home in Laramie, Wyoming by the score 31-10. Both schools won on their home field and covered the spread.

    Central Michigan Chippewas 8-4 (Mid American Conference)

    The Central Michigan Chippewas finished the regular season 8-4 SU and 7-5 ATS. The Chippewas started the season 2-3 but finished strong going 6-1 to close out the regular season. They are riding a 5 game winning streak, where they have won by a combined 92 points over their opponents and covered the spread in all 5 of those games. Those games are being won by playing high scoring games, with their offense averaging have played their last 5 games over the posted total.

    The Chippewas come into this game off a come from behind win over Northern Illinois 31-24. QB Shane Morris went 19 for 37 for 247 yards, 3 touchdowns and a INT. Morris has had a issue this year with protecting the ball. In the first 7 games of the year, Morris threw 11 interceptions but has straightened those horrendous numbers out by only throwing 2 INTís in the final 5 games of the year.

    The Chippewas are .300 in bowl games in the history of the program, going 3-7 in their 10 bowl game appearances. The Chippewas have lost 3 straight bowl games in 3 consecutive years (2014, 2015 & 2016).


    Wyoming Cowboys 7-5 (Mountain West Conference)

    The Wyoming Cowboys were 7-5 SU and ATS on the year. They were decent at home this year but did not have as much success while on the road. They were 5-2 at home but only 2-3 on the road. The Cowboys played 10 of their 12 games under the posted total.

    The Cowboys finished the regular season in second place in the Mountain West (Mountain) Conference behind the Boise State Broncos. They come into this game off a loss to San Jose State 20-17. San Jose had dropped 10 straight games heading into this game but that didnít stop them from taking advantage of a backup QB, and never letting up off the pressure.

    The Cowboys havenít played bad in bowl games, going 6-8 (.482) in 14 bowl game appearances. They have lost their last two appearances in the Poinsettia Bowl in 2016 and the New Mexico Bowl in 2011. They will be looking to snap that 2 game bowl losing streak this year in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

    The Cowboys are led by highly touted NFL prospect QB Josh Allen. Allen missed the final two games of the year with a shoulder injury. Wyoming lost both of those game and they are a different team without Allen under center. Allen was expected to come in and put on a Heisman type season but it was anything but spectacular. Allen only completed 56% of his passes for 1658 yards, 13 TDís and 6 INTís. It is expected that Allen will declare himself eligible for the NFL draft at the conclusion of the regular season.

    The real question is will he play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl? He was recently asked if he expected to play and he stated that his shoulder was getting better with each day and if he is 100%, he will be playing in the bowl game. He stated that he owed it to the university and the teamÖ..but he is also listed as #6 on Mel Kiperís Big Board and that means millions of dollars. We all know that when dollar signs are involved, it changes players and we will need to wait and see if he will play in this game.


    Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Handicapping

    This game comes down to who can protect the ball and who can create takeaways. The Chippewas defense leads the FBS in creating turnovers with 31 on the year, while Wyoming is just one notch behind them with 30! The defenses will be ready to strike early and fast and force turnovers on the field.
    Both the Chippewas and the Cowboys have had their issues with throwing INTís on the year. Wyoming has thrown 8 INTís while Central Michigan has thrown 13 INTís. Both head coaches are well aware that they have quarterbacks that a INT prone and have defenses that like to steal the ball. This means that we could see a run heavy gameplan from both sides.

    That will benefit Central Michigan as they have Jonathan Ward to carry the ball. Ward is just 10 yards shy of a thousand yard rushing season on just 166 carries. On the other side of the ball, Wyoming doesnít have a single rusher in the backfield that has rushed for more than 475 yards on the year!


    Spooky Selection

    Our system tells us that Central Michigan is the play here. We have them winning the game by a field goal in a close, hard fought game. The pointspread at BetDSI is currently Wyoming -1 and the total is set at 45. We will take the point with Central Michigan here in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

    Spooky Express Pick: Central Michigan

    Note: This bowl game is being handicapped and broken down weeks in advance of the game being played. Please be sure to check back periodically to determine if any changes have been made and be sure to check the day of the game, to receive and over/under plays that we may provide.

    For the latest updates head to Spookyexpress.com or https://spookyexpress.com/college-bowl-game-picks/
    Last edited by Bobalou; 12-13-17, 04:54 PM.

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    UPDATE:
    Famous Idaho Potato Bowl


    Our system tells us that Central Michigan is the play here. We have them winning the game by a field goal in a close, hard fought game. The pointspread at BetDSI is currently Wyoming -3 and the total is set at 45. We are personally staying away from this game as we had some information on Wyoming. But our system numbers point to a small lean to Central Michigan +4 - buying the point.


    Spooky Express Pick: Central Michigan +4
    Small Lean on the Over 44
    Last edited by Bobalou; 12-22-17, 04:55 PM.

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