Potato Bowl: Utah State vs. Toledo Preview
Utah State (10-2) vs. Toledo (9-3)
December 15, 4:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
What to expect with the Aggies: Utah State is two missed field goals from possibly finishing 12-0 and having a spot in a BCS game. It lost two heartbreakers to Wisconsin and BYU, but has won six games in a row, including a WAC-winning victory over Louisiana Tech.
The Aggies have a strong offense built around sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton, who threw for over 3,100 yards and 27 touchdowns this season. But unlike Toledo, they have an adamant defense to rely on as well, which ranks 8th in the nation in points allowed (15.4 per game).
What to expect with the Rockets: Toledo is an underrated team as well, having lost all three of its games by seven points each. However, its explosive offense needs to show up big in the first quarter for it to have a chance here. Utah State is outscoring opponents 131-6 in the first 15 minutes this season and could put the Rockets in a big hole early.
We don’t know who the starting quarterback will be yet, but whether it be Terrance Owens or Austin Dantin, but someone needs to step up huge and put some points on the board for the Toledo offense. This is a system that’s built around the pass, but faces a secondary that can make plays and has allowed just 5.8 yards per attempt all season long.
Prediction: Both teams have very good offenses and can move the ball up and down the field. Unfortunately for Toledo, it doesn’t have a solid defense to back it up. The Rockets finished the regular season 106th in the NCAA in terms of yards allowed (464.1 per game) and worked up just 24 sacks throughout the year. Utah State, on the other hand, can put up points and force opposing offenses off the field. The Aggies should come away with their second bowl win in school history after today’s matchup.
Utah State 30, Toledo 24 --- via Bowl Predictions