Ohio vs. Utah State: Last-Minute Spread Info, Line & More for Idaho Potato Bowl

Michael Mill@@MikeMill23Senior Analyst IIIDecember 16, 2011

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 02:  Donte Harden #8 and Tyler Tettleton #4 of the Ohio Bobcats look on late in the fourth quarter of the MAC Championship game against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ford Field on December 2, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Huskies defeated the Bobcats 23-20.  (Photo by Mark A. Cunningham/Getty Images)
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The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl may not be the most prestigious bowl game that college football has to offer, but the game tomorrow afternoon should be an entertaining one.

The Ohio Bobcats and Utah State Aggies are set to square off on the blue turf in Boise State.

If you can bare to watch the play on the atrocious field, you will be in store for a close battle.

The two teams will enter with very different methods. It will be a speed rush attack for the Aggies and a downfield attack for the Bobcats.


Where: Bronco Stadium, Boise, ID

When: 5:30 pm ET, Saturday, December 17th


Betting Line: Utah State (-1.5)


What They're Saying

Both of these teams will be playing in the national spotlight with pride on the line.

Utah State had a terrible start to the season. After starting off with a 2-5 record, they have now won five straight, putting them in position for a big bowl victory.

Ohio, on the other hand, has been fairly consistent all season. They are staring down a 10-4 final record if they can walk away with a win. Double digits are on the mind of Bobcat players.


Ohio Player to Watch

Tyler Tettleton is one of the better dual-threat quarterbacks in the country.

He obviously doesn't get the same recognition as other big-name quarterbacks in college football, but the sophomore has had a very successful season.

He has 3,086 passing yards and 26 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions this year. He also has 627 rushing yards and nine more touchdowns to his name.

Utah State Player to Watch

Robert Turbin may not be a name that you know if you don't check out the WAC very often.

The Aggies running back was named the WAC offensive player of the year and ranks 10th in the country with his 1,416 rushing yards.

His 6.2 rushing average and 23 total touchdowns shows just how talented Turbin is. Ohio will have their hands full.


Keys to an Ohio Win

The Ohio defense needs to key in on Robert Turbin. He has been the majority of the offense for the Aggies this season for a reason.

The Bobcat offense should be able to move the ball effectively with Tettleton. This game is going to rest on the shoulders of the defense.

Shut down Turbin, and Ohio should pull out a win.


Keys to a Utah State Win

Utah State is going to have to stick to what has worked for them over the course of their five game winning streak.

That's running the football, a lot.

The Aggies barely squeaked out a win in a bunch of those victories. They have managed to put up plenty of points with Turbin running the ball, but the defense hasn't looked fantastic.

If they can run the ball effectively and just get average play out of the defense, they should be in control.


Prediction: 31-27, Ohio Bobcats

This underdog pick is the way to go here.

Utah State has the best player on the football field with Turbin, but Ohio is the more complete football team.

All the Aggies can really do is run the ball.

Ohio can run, they can throw and they have a much better defense. They will be the more complete football team on the field.

The play of the team as a whole will be enough to get the Bobcats their first bowl win in team history.


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