December 14, 2011

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Pick: Utah State vs. Ohio


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The NCAA football betting campaign continues with the start of the bowl season on Saturday, when the Ohio Bobcats duke it out with the Utah State Aggies in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

The Aggies probably only made it to a bowl game this year on the back of its weak schedule. The team finished 7-5, and it was deserving of its spot here in Boise for this bowl game, but save for a road test at the Auburn Tigers to start the year, there wasn’t much in terms of scheduling for this squad. The running game is key with RB Robert Turbin. Turbin, who is considering jumping to the NFL once this game is said and done with, accounted for over 1,500 yards of total offense, including 1,426 yards on the ground, and he found the end zone 23 times on the campaign. QB Chuckie Keeton, a dual threat freshman signal caller, has been out of the lineup since the beginning of November with a back problem, but he is going to be back in the fold as well and should help out both the running game and the passing game. This team averages 279.8 yards per game on the ground this year, No. 1 in the WAC and No. 6 in the country.

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The Bobcats are shaking their heads still after losing the MAC Championship Game to the Northern Illinois Huskies. They aren’t going to be afraid of going up against this potent offense, as the Aggies play a heck of a lot like a number of different MAC teams do, namely that of Northern Illinois. Still, the last we saw of Ohio, it was blowing a 20-0 lead in the dying minutes of the game against the Huskies, and if it can’t get that out of its head, it is going to be in some trouble. The good news is that the Bobcats do play some of the best defense in the MAC. They held teams down to 354.8 yards per game this year, and in spite of the fact that they played a schedule littered with teams that love to run the football, they only allowed 126.4 yards per game on the ground. This is a well rounded offense that ranks in the top half of America in virtually every single category, led by QB Tyler Tettleton, who is also a dual threat just like Keeton is.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Keys To The Game: Ohio needs to get past the idea of blowing the MAC Championship Game. The injury to Keeton’s back could prove to be problematic for a man that loves to run around in the pocket. The Bobcats need to take advantage of that and stack the box to make things uncomfortable for the freshman. Utah State has to keep the ball on the ground and find some holes in this offense to really make it work. USU only has one bowl win in team history, while the Bobcats have never won a bowl game.

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Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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