Venue: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
When: Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 7:00 p.m. ET - ESPN
Where: Bronco Stadium (37,000) – Boise, Idaho
Who: Idaho Vandals vs. Colorado State Rams
Previous Names: Crucial.com - MPC Computers - Roady's - uDrove Humanitarian Bowl
Notable MVPs: Matt Ryan, Paul Pinegar, P.J. Daniels
Any time the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl has had the opportunity to take one of the two teams from the state of Idaho, it has gone ahead and done just that, and that's what it has this year in what very well could be the last ever bowl game for the Idaho Vandals before they drop into the FCS in a couple seasons.
Idaho had a sneaky good season with eight wins, including four straight to end the campaign, but the Colorado State Rams are the heavy favorites in this game due to the fact that they too were incredibly hot down the stretch. Nick Stevens is the third starting quarterback for CSU this season, but he's the best of the bunch with a 14/1 TD/INT ratio since taking over as the team's starting quarterback. Toss in the fact that the MWC has provided a significantly greater degree of competition from the Sun Belt, and it's easy to see why bettors shouldn't be so quick to just jump on those points with the de facto hosts.
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Opening Line: Western Kentucky -5
Preview: What you don't see often in bowl games between minor conference teams is a team with a lesser record being favored by any substantial margin over a team with a greater record. We're not suggesting that the Idaho Vandals are truly a better team than the Colorado State Rams, but to see them getting nearly two full touchdowns in a de facto home game in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl almost seems a bit shocking for bettors. Continue...
The Smurf Turf at Bronco Stadium in Boise is host to the anual Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. This is one of the longest running cold weather bowl game currently in operation, as this bowl game enters its 20th season.
The NCAA Bowl game will feature a team from the MAC and a team from MWC; competing for a coveted season-ending title.
The College bowl game is one of 11 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN and will once again be on the first day of the NCAA bowl season.
This collegiate postseason game will be played in Boise, Idaho at the home of the Boise State Broncos, aptly named Bronco stadium and will kick off at 7:00 p.m. ET on Dec. 22nd, live on ESPN.
Do not miss all Famous Idio Potato Bowl betting action, when NCAA football fans take on the cold weather elements, to witness their team play in Bronco Stadium, and as die hard college football fans try to provide their team with a home-field advantage.
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Ground Breaking: November, 1969
Stadium Dedication: September 11, 1970 (Boise State 49, Chico State 14)
Total Seating: 30,000
Attendance Record: 30,924 (Boise State vs. Fresno, 10/18/02, ESPN)
First Addition: 1975 (East Side Upper Deck)
Second Addition: 1997 - (Southwest and Southeast Corners, Allen Noble Hall of Fame Gallery, Larry and Marianne Williams Plaza)
Turf: Blue Astroplay Synthetic Surface
Bowl Game: Humanitarian Bowl (Created in 1997)
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl has been playing annually at the Biose, ID Bronco Stadium since 1997.
Previously called MPC Computers Bowl, Roady's Truck Stops bought the naming rights in 1997, then uDrove Humanitarian Bowl took over the sponsorship and it is now called the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is the longest-running cold weather Bowl Game to date.
San Diego State had its best performance in its season finale.
Behind a swarming defense, an offense fueled by big plays and opportunistic special teams, the Aztecs rolled to a 49-24 victory over Buffalo in the 2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
The win gave head coach Rocky Long his third consecutive season of at least eight wins. Buffalo, which enjoyed an eight-win season itself, proved unable to get a ninth.
*Note: All times Eastern
|New Mexico Bowl||Dec. 17||2 p.m.||Albuquerque, N.M.||New Mexico vs. UTSA|
|Las Vegas Bowl||Dec. 17||3:30 p.m.||Las Vegas, Nev.||Houston vs. San Diego St.|
|Camellia Bowl||Dec. 17||5:30 p.m.||Montgomery, Ala.||Appalachian St. vs. Toledo|
|Cure||Dec. 17||5:30 p.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Arkansas St. vs. UCF|
|New Orleans Bowl||Dec. 17||9 p.m.||New Orleans, La.||Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Southern Mississippi|
|Miami Beach Bowl||Dec. 19||2:30 p.m.||Miami, Fla.||Central Michigan vs. Tulsa|
|Boca Raton Bowl||Dec. 20||7 p.m.||Boca Raton, Fla.||West. Kentucky vs. Memphis|
|Poinsettia Bowl||Dec. 21||9 p.m.||San Diego, Calif.||BYU vs. Wyoming|
|Potato Bowl||Dec. 22||7 p.m.||Boise, Idaho||Colorado St. vs. Idaho|
|Bahamas Bowl||Dec. 23||1 p.m.||Nassau, Bahamas||Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion|
|Armed Forces Bowl||Dec. 23||4:30 p.m.||Fort Worth, Tex.||Louisiana Tech vs. Navy|
|Dollar General||Dec. 23||8 p.m.||Mobile, Ala.||Ohio vs. Troy|
|Hawaii Bowl||Dec. 24||8 p.m.||Honolulu, Hawaii||Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee|
|St. Petersburg Bowl||Dec. 26||11 a.m.||St. Petersburg, Fla.||Miami (OH) vs. Mississippi St.|
|Quick Lane Bowl||Dec. 26||2:30 p.m.||Detroit, Mich.||Boston College vs. Maryland|
|Independence Bowl||Dec. 26||5 p.m.||Shreveport, La.||NC State vs. Vanderbilt|
|Heart of Dallas Bowl||Dec. 27||Noon||Dallas, Texas||Army vs. North Texas|
|Military Bowl||Dec. 27||3:30 p.m.||Annapolis, Md.||Temple vs. Wake Forest|
|Holiday Bowl||Dec. 27||7 p.m.||San Diego, Calif.||Minnesota vs. Wash. St.|
|Cactus Bowl||Dec. 27||10:15 p.m.||Phoenix, Ariz.||Baylor vs. Boise State|
|Pinstripe Bowl||Dec. 28||2 p.m.||New York, NY||Northwestern vs. Pittsburgh|
|Russell Athletic Bowl||Dec. 28||5:30 p.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Miami (Fla.) vs. West Virginia|
|Foster Farms Bowl||Dec. 28||8:30 p.m.||Santa Clara, Calif.||Indiana vs. Utah|
|Texas||Dec. 28||9 p.m.||Houston, Texas||Kansas St. vs. Texas A&M|
|Birmingham Bowl||Dec. 29||2 p.m.||Birmingham, Ala.||South Carolina vs. South Fla.|
|Belk Bowl||Dec. 29||5:30 p.m.||Charlotte, N.C.||Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech|
|Alamo Bowl||Dec. 29||9 p.m.||San Antonio, Texas||Colorado vs. Oklahoma St.|
|Arizona||Dec. 30||5:30 p.m.||Tucson, Ariz.||Air Force vs. South Alabama|
|Liberty Bowl||Dec. 30||Noon||Memphis, Tenn.||Georgia vs. TCU|
|Sun Bowl||Dec. 30||2 p.m.||El Paso, Texas||North Carolina vs. Stanford|
|Music City Bowl||Dec. 30||3:30 p.m.||Nashville, Tenn.||Nebraska vs. Tennessee|
|Orange Bowl||Dec. 30||8 p.m.||Miami Gardens, Fla.||Florida State vs. Michigan|
|Peach Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal||Dec. 31||3 p.m.||Atlanta, Ga.||Alabama vs. Washington|
|Fiesta Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal||Dec. 31||7 p.m.||Glendale, Ariz.||Clemson vs. Ohio State|
|TaxSlayer Bowl||Dec. 31||11 a.m.||Jacksonville, Fla.||Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky|
|Citrus Bowl||Dec. 31||11 a.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Louisville vs. LSU|
|Outback Bowl||Jan. 2||1 p.m.||Tampa, Fla.||Florida vs. Iowa|
|Cotton Bowl||Jan. 2||1 p.m.||Arlington, Texas||Western Mich. vs. Wisconsin|
|Rose Bowl||Jan. 2||5 p.m.||Pasadena, Calif.||Penn State vs. USC|
|Sugar Bowl||Jan. 2||8:30 p.m.||New Orleans, La.||Auburn vs. Oklahoma|
|CFP National Championship||Jan. 9||TBD||Tampa, Fla.||Peach Winner vs. Fiesta Winner|
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