There’s only one bowl game all year that is played on a blue turf, and that happens to be the Potato Bowl in Boise. This game tends to have a really odd matchup with the Mountain West usually playing against the MAC.
With Boise State playing in Las Vegas this bowl season, the matchup looks even stranger than usual with the Central Michigan Chippewas taking on the Wyoming Cowboys.
Wyoming Bowl History
The Cowboys have won six bowl games in their history, but three of those victories came back in the 1950s and 1960s. They haven’t won a bowl game since the 2009 New Mexico Bowl, though this is only their third appearance in a postseason game since that point.
Should Wyoming win this game, it will have matched its best record in a season since going 10-2 and finishing the year ranked No. 22 in the nation in 1996.
Central Michigan Bowl History
John Bonamego has brought Central Michigan to the postseason in all three years he’s been on the job in Mount Pleasant, but he hasn’t had any success after getting here. The Chippies were beaten in both the 2015 Quick Lane Bowl and in the 2016 Miami Beach Bowl.
Now, it’s off to Boise for the team’s third-ever bowl game played on the West Coast. Previously, Central Michigan lost the 1990 California Bowl and the 1994 Las Vegas Bowl.
CMU is just 3-7 all-time in the postseason, and it’s looking for its first bowl win since the 2012 Little Caesars Bowl.
Why Wyoming Will Win the Potato Bowl
Josh Allen might be the most NFL-ready quarterback in the country, and he figures to hear his name called within the first 20 picks or so in the NFL Draft in a few months.
Despite being in the postseason, Wyoming’s overall numbers don’t show great success. The team averaged just 286.9 yards and 22.3 points per game.
Allen has been in and out of the fold all season with injuries, and he’s expected to be ready to go in the Potato Bowl. Considering how many NFL scouts will be on hand for this one, there’s no doubt that this is truly his showcase.
Why Central Michigan Will Win the Potato Bowl
Central Michigan is scorching right now, winning five straight games and averaging 41.2 points in those contests. Looking back, the Chippewas should be excused for losing to MAC champion Toledo, Boston College and Syracuse. The Miami (OH) loss was a bit stunning in the grand scheme of things, but everyone deserves a pass, especially when they’re able to ultimately go on the road and upset Ohio and Western Michigan.
Michigan transfer Shane Morris has thrown at least two touchdowns in each of his last five games. After throwing 12 touchdowns against 11 interceptions in his first seven contests, he has 14 scores and just two picks in his last five.
Potato Bowl Prediction
There’s going to be a lot of hype here around Allen, but we aren’t sure that it’s worthwhile. He has only thrown 630 passes in his collegiate career, and he’s been really prone to mistakes along the way with 21 picks.
If Allen isn’t at the very top of his game, we have no reason to believe the Cowboys are going to put much more than 300 yards on the stat sheet in this one. If that’s the case, Morris should be able to keep up his good form and get the Chippewas in the win column at the Potato Bowl.
Potato Bowl Pick: Central Michigan 30, Wyoming 17
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