Idaho Potato Bowl Prediction
Will Ohio be able to cruise to a two-score victory over Nevada in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl when the two collide today at 3:30PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
275 Ohio vs. 276 Nevada
Friday, January 3, 2020
3:30PM ET – Albertsons Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, Ohio is the clear favorite in this game, as the Bobcats are getting odds of -7.5 points against Nevada. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 59.5 points. The public betting currently has 73 percent going on Ohio as the favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NCAAF Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Nevada playing in familiar territory
Nevada came up just short of ending the season on a four-game win streak, but lost 33-30 in OT to UNLV in its finale. The Wolf Pack are 7-5 on the season, 5-6-1 against the spread and 6-6 with the over/under total.
The Wolf Pack are struggling on offense, averaging just 21.3 points and 360 yards per game. Defensively, Nevada is giving up 32.1 points and 398.8 yards per contest. Carson Strong is leading the offense with 1,933 passing yards and 10 touchdowns to lead the offense, while Toa Taua has 759 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Elijah Cooks is the team’s top receiver with 62 catches for 729 yards and seven touchdowns.
Ohio came on late
After some narrow losses late in the season, Ohio bounced back with a 66-24 win over Bowling Green and a 52-3 win over Akron to close out the regular season. Ohio is 6-6 on the season, 4-8 against the spread and 7-5 with the over.
The Bobcats are putting up 34.7 points and 443.3 yards per game on offense this season behind a balanced attack. Defensively, Ohio is allowing 27 points and 401.7 yards per contest. Nathan Rourke is leading the team with 2,676 passing yards and 20 touchdowns while also rushing for 780 yards and 12 touchdowns. O’Shaan Allison is adding 823 rushing yards and six scores, while De’Montre Tuggle is adding 547 yards and 10 scores. Isiah Cox is the leading receiver with 36 catches for 590 yards and two touchdowns.
College Football Betting Trends
The Wolf Pack are 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five bowl games, but just 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games on fieldturf.
The Bobcats have covered the spread in four straight bowl games and in 19 of their last 26 against winning teams.
Nevada has played up against some pretty good defensive teams this season and have managed to beat some and lose to others. However, a number of their losses are by quite a wide margin. The Nevada offense just doesn’t seem to have the weapons to get into a shootout and be successful. Ohio is going to want to push tempo and scoring and I think they will be able to dictate the pace of the game. Nevada may have some success early on offense, but I look for it to fade as Ohio makes adjustments.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Prediction: Ohio -7.5