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Predictions 101 -- Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

No. 18 Utah State vs. Toledo
Sat., Dec. 15 - 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Boise, Idaho - Bronco Stadium

Shopping at the mall? You’ll be sorry. This is a nice matchup on the blue turf.

Utah State (10-2) had 10 wins for the first time in school history, winning the WAC title and going unbeaten in the league. The Aggies lost only to Wisconsin (16-14) and BYU (6-3). Since then, though, the Aggies have won six straight, scoring 38 points or more each time.

Meanwhile, Toledo (9-3) won eight straight at one point, highlighted by a 29-23 upset of Cincinnati, even though the Rockets failed to score an offensive touchdown.

If last season’s bowl results are any indication, it could be a classic. Toledo defeated Air Force 42-41 at the Military Bowl after halting a fake extra-point kick with 52 seconds remaining. Utah State fell against Ohio 24-23 in this very same Potato Bowl, when Bobcats quarterback Tyler Tettleton scored on a 1-yard run with 13 seconds remaining.

The Rockets will have no answer for Aggies quarterback Chuckie Keeton. Hey, Utah State. This season, this spud’s for you.

Opening point spread: Utah State by 7 1/2

The pick: Utah State 35, Toledo 24

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