Wyoming vs Kent State odds and prediction for Idaho’s famous bowl of potatoes
Kent State quarterback Dustin Crum throws against Maryland in the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, September 25, 2021 in College Park, Md. (AP Photo / Gail Burton)
- Wyoming is a 3-point favorite over Kent State in the famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Tuesday
- Kent State is 1-5 in a row and ATS as an underdog
- Read below for betting analysis and prediction
Wyoming (6-6) is a three-point favorite against Kent State in the famous Idaho Potato Bowl at 3:30 p.m. ET Tuesday on the blue turf at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. The game will be broadcast by ESPN.
Kent State (7-6) was 0-3 against Power 5 opponents Texas A&M, Iowa and Maryland, all on the road. The Golden Flashes won the MAC East Division before losing to Northern Illinois in the league title game.
Wyoming vs Kent State odds
|Wyoming Cowboys||-154||-3 (-115)||Over 59 (-110)|
|Kent State Golden Flashs||+126||+3 (-105)||Under 59 (-110)|
FanDuel odds on December 20
Competing trends are at play here. According to an ESPN metric that attempts to define ‘lucky’ and ‘unlucky’ teams based on further analysis of the numbers, ‘lucky’ teams are 41-15-1 ATS since 2009 (off season 2020) vs. “Unlucky” in games where the gap is three points or less.
That makes “lucky” Kent State the game against “unlucky” Wyoming today. On the other hand, Wyoming coach Craig Bohl is 10-3 ATS in the playoffs, 7-3 ATS with FCS North Dakota State and 3-0 with the Cowboys.
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Wyoming are playing their fourth bowl game in the past six seasons, all under coach Craig Bohl, the first coach in the program’s history to bring four teams to bowl games.
The Cowboys averaged 195 rushing yards per game behind a pair of powerful running backs. Xazavian Zalladay is third in Mountain West with 984 rushing yards, and his 5.2 per carry average was first among players with at least 125 attempts.
Titus Swen had 737 rushing yards with an average of 5.9, most of those with at least 105 carries. Each had at least 145 rushing yards in a 44-17 victory over league champion Utah State in the penultimate week of the regular season, when Swen scored 43 and 98 yards. .
The quarterback position was unstable. Sean Chambers started Season 1 but was benched for Levi Williams in the first half of a 14-3 loss to New Mexico, Game 7 of the season. Williams said the last five games and that he would be in good health for the bowl after playing with a bruised knee is a 38-14 loss to Hawaii in the last game of the regular season.
Williams completed 63-109 passes for 863 yards, with eight touchdowns and five interceptions. Chambers is 90-177 for 1,125 yards with six touchdowns and seven interceptions.
All-Mountain West linebacker Chad Muma, who declared himself for the NFL draft, will play against Kent State. He has 129 tackles, three interceptions and one sack. Nickel back Keyon Blankenbaker has entered the transfer portal and will not play.
May the bowl of good times.
– Mountain West (@MountainWest) December 7, 2021
MAC and Mountain West Bowl Trends
The Mid-American conference is 0-3 in a row, 1-2 ATS. Middle Tennessee State beat Toledo 31-24 as a 10-point underdog, Coastal Carolina beat MAC champion Northern Illinois 47-41 but failed to cover the 11-point count and Liberty beat Eastern Michigan 56-20 as a choice of nine points.
MAC East Division winner Kent State lost to northern Illinois 41-23 in the MAC Championship game as a 3-point favorite. Wyoming beat Northern Illinois 50-43 on the road as a seven-point favorite in Game 2 of the season and beat MAC Ball State 45-12 as a 6.5-point favorite the following week.
– Kent State Football (@KentStFootball) December 8, 2021
Mountain West are 2-0, 1-0 ATS after Fresno State beat UTEP 31-24 as a 10-point favorite and Utah State beat Oregon State 24-13 as a seven-point underdog.
State of Kent Balanced
Kent State senior quarterback Dustin Crum has been the MAC’s most effective two-way threat this season, finishing second in the league averaging 273.5 yards per game on total offense. He had 2,922 yards and 16 touchdowns with six interceptions and rushed for 633 yards and 11 other scores.
The running back was Marquez Cooper, fifth in the league with 1,080 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns for an average offense of 243 rushing yards and 237 passing yards per game. Second-year wide receiver Dante Cephas had 78 receptions for 1,124 yards and eight touchdowns.
Crum, the MVP in the 51-41 win over Utah State at the 2019 Frisco Bowl, has four 300-yard passing games and one 400-yard game this season. He totaled 436 yards on offense in the Frisco Bowl, 289 assists.
Wyoming has allowed 177 passing yards per game, a Mountain West-high, and is allowing an average of 22 points per game. Kent State is allowing 35.1 points per game.
– Kent State Football (@KentStFootball) December 1, 2021
Idaho’s Famous Best Bet Potato Bowl
The teams have never met. Wyoming have won their previous two bowl games, 37-14 against Central Michigan in Josh Allen’s last game in the 2017 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and 38-17 against Georgia State 38-17 in the 2019 Arizona Bowl. Kent State is 1-3 in bowl games, but won his last against Mountain West Utah State in the 2019 Frisco Bowl.
Kent State is allowing 466.4 yards per game, 122nd in total defense for the 130 teams in the NCAA Division. Wyoming is 36th with 344.6.
The Golden Flashes have quarterback and offense; the Cowboys play defense and throw the ball. Wyoming have played well against the MAC this season, and going with their defense – even against Crum – is the game here.
The choice: Wyoming -3 (-115)
Jack has covered college and pro sports for various Arizona media and has written for the AP, USA Today, and Baseball America, among others. He led the 2015-17 World Series and led four Super Bowls.