Idaho Vandals vs. Colorado State Rams, Idaho Potato Bowl Betting, NCAA Football Odds, Picks and Prediction

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IDAHO VANDALS COLORADO STATE RAMS
8-4 December 22, 7:00 PM | Turf of Albertsons Stadium 7-5

When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, December 22, 2016
Where: Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN.

Team /  Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Colorado State -15 -105 -700 64.5 -105
Idaho +15 -115 +525 64.5 -115
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The Idaho Vandals and the Colorado State Rams will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at Albertsons Stadium.

ABOUT IDAHO (8-4, 6-2 Sun Belt): Junior quarterback Matt Linehan, who is the son of Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, has passed for 2,803 yards and 15 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Aaron Duckworth (615 yards, four touchdowns) and Isaiah Saunders (584, six) share the rushing workload while senior tight ends Trent Cowan (46 receptions, 532 yards, six touchdowns) and Deon Watson (36, 555, two) are Linehan’s top targets. The defense held three of its last four opponents to 14 or fewer points and is led by middle linebacker Tony Lashley (team-best 99 tackles), defensive end Aikeem Coleman (team-leading eight sacks) and senior cornerback Jayshawn Jordan (team-high five interceptions).

ABOUT COLORADO STATE (7-5, 5-3 Mountain West): Things appeared bleak when standout freshman quarterback Collin Hill (1,096 yards, eight touchdowns) was lost to a torn ACL in his left knee in October, but former starter Nick Stevens was up to the task of saving the Rams’ season. The junior tossed 14 touchdowns against just one interception over the final six games and standout receiver Michael Gallup (70 catches, 1,164 yards) recorded eight of his 11 receiving scores after Stevens regained the job. The defense is led by senior weak-side linebacker Kevin Davis, who posted a team-leading 101 tackles, with middle linebacker Josh Watson (80 tackles) and free safety Braylin Scott (team-high three interceptions) also enjoying solid campaigns.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Rams listed as 15-point favorites versus the Vandals, while the game’s total is sitting at 64.5 according to Mybookie.agblacklogo-132x42.

1. Idaho is concluding its next-to-last season as an FBS program before dropping levels with a matchup against Colorado State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Dec. 22 in Boise, Idaho. The Vandals qualified for a bowl game for only third time in 21 seasons in the FBS by winning six of their last seven games. The Rams have been torrid down the stretch, winning four of their last five contests – including a 63-point eruption in a triumph over Mountain West champion San Diego State.

2. The Vandals were dismissed from the Sun Belt effective after next season and are electing to drop down to the FCS level in hopes of enjoying more success and losing less money. Not much was expected from this Idaho squad when it lost consecutive games against Washington and Washington State in September by a combined 115-20 score, but coach Paul Petrino guided the team to a strong turnaround and is relishing the bowl appearance. “That’s one reason I’m so proud of our players,” Petrino said during a press conference. “They’ve been kicked out of a conference and told they were going to change divisions. They never worried about that. They worried about playing one game at a time.”

3. The Rams are playing in a bowl for the fourth consecutive season, the second-longest streak in school history behind a string of five under Sonny Lubick from 1999-2003. Colorado State averaged an impressive 47.4 points and 520.6 yards over its final five games, with the four victories during the stretch coming by an average of 26.5 points. “Our football team has consistently improved throughout this season by the way they have worked and learned to compete, and I believe we are playing our best football late in the season,” Rams coach Mike Bobo told reporters. “We are appreciative of this invitation to play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, and I’m excited for this football team to have one more chance to play together, to keep improving and finish the season on a high note.”

In their last action, Colorado State was a 63-31 winner on the road against Aztecs. They covered the +11.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (94) was profitable news for OVER bettors.

Idaho was a 37-12 winner in their most recent outing at home against Panthers. They covered the -4-point spread as favorites, while the total score (49) made winners of UNDER bettors.

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Idaho:
Team record: 8-4 SU,7-4-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 4 straight games.
Idaho is 6-0-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Idaho is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games

Colorado State:
Team record: 7-5 SU,9-2-1 ATS
Colorado State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Colorado State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Colorado State’s last 5 games

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Idaho Vandals will cover the spread at +15 and the game will go over 64.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Colorado State 52, Idaho 40 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
IDAHO TEAM COLOST
28.3 PTS FOR 34.1
29.8 PTS AGNST 27.8
-1.5 DIFF. 6.3
238.3 PASS YDS 227.8
141.3 RUSH YDS 223.3
269.6 PASS D 191.0
144.4 RUSH D 213.1
-0.7 TO DIFF -0.2
INJURIES
IDAHO
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
COLORADO STATE
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
IDAHO
Idaho is 6-0-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Idaho is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
COLORADO STATE
Colorado State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Colorado State’s last 5 games
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Idaho’s Overall Scoring vs Colorado State’s Overall Defense 28.3 68 27.8 62
Colorado State’s Overall Scoring vs Idaho’s Overall Defense 34.1 38 29.8 77
POWER STATS
YARDS PER POINT
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
IDAHO 13.4 13.9 -0.5
COLOST 13.2 14.5 -1.3
YARDS PER PASS
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
IDAHO 7.1 7.9 -0.7
COLOST 8.4 8.0 0.4
YARDS PER RUSH
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
IDAHO 3.9 4.2 -0.3
COLOST 5.3 4.9 0.4

 

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