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Idaho Potato Bowl: Idaho vs. Colorado State Prediction, Preview, Spread, Channel

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Looking for a Idaho vs. Colorado State preview ahead of their matchup in the Idaho Potato Bowl? Stick around. We’ve got all of the pre-game analysis before the big game.

Thursday, Dec. 22, the Idaho Vandals take on the Colorado State Rams in the Idaho Potato Bowl. The game, to be played at Albertsons Stadium, is slated for a 7:00 p.m. ET start time and will be broadcast on ESPN. Read on for our Idaho vs. Colorado State preview.

According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Colorado State wins the matchup between the two teams 68.6% of the time. The spread, via OddsShark, has the Rams favored as well.

Spread: Colorado State -13

Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ET

Channel: ESPN

Idaho vs. Colorado State preview:

Idaho (8-4) closed out its regular season with a 37-12 win over Georgia State giving the Vandals their fourth straight win. Colorado State (7-5) beat San Diego State 63-31 to end its regular season for its second straight win.

The Rams put up 507 yards of offense in their season finale against San Diego State and also forced two turnovers. Nick Stevens finished the year with 1,491 passing yards and 14 touchdowns. Dalyn Dawkins led CSU in rushing with 801 yards and three scores while Izzy Matthews had 12 rushing touchdowns of his own.

Idaho had only 287 yards against Georgia State, but Georgia State had six turnovers on the day which proved to be the difference in the regular season finale. Matt Linehan had 2,803 yards through the air on the year to go along with 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Idaho last played in a bowl in 2009 when it beat Bowling Green in the Humanitarian Bowl. Colorado State fell to Nevada in last year's Arizona Bowl.

Idaho vs. Colorado State Prediction:

Colorado State has a number of playmakers on the offensive side of the ball that could really be the difference in this one.

The Rams also have an above-average defense which allowed just over 400 yards per game ranking 60th in the nation. Idaho's run defense will keep it somewhat close, but the Rams take this one in Idaho.

Colorado State 37, Idaho 27