Dec. 22 Bowl Preview-Idaho Potato and Boca Raton Picks against the spread

Idaho Potato Bowl- Akron vs Utah State

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Tuesdays MACtion kicks off Tuesday when the Akron Zips face the Utah State Aggies in the Idaho Potato Bowl.

Both Utah State and Akron rank in the top 25 nationally in total defense. But only in the top 100 for total offense (Akron 97th, Utah State 91st).

This is a very exciting time for the Akron Zips, who will be appearing in their first bowl game since 2005. The Zips have never won a bowl game-ever.  Each win this season for the  7-5 Zips has come against a team with a losing record.

images-1Utah State 6-6 has been here before. The Aggies will be playing in a bowl game for the 5th season in a row, they have won their last three consecutive bowl games.

It would be great to see Akron make history and win the programs first ever bowl game, but I have my money on Utah State -6.

Utah State 31 Akron 17

Bet Sports Strong Rating A

 

Boca Raton Bowl- Toledo vs Temple

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Temple quarterback P.J. Walker (11)  (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

The Boca Raton Bowl features one of the premiere non-power five conference match-ups. The Toledo Rockets and Temple Owls play very similar styles, both teams have strong run defense. Temple comes in with the nations 18th ranked defense overall and 21st against the run.  Toledo’s defense comes in as the nations 10th best defense against the run but only 106th in yards allowed against the pass.

Toledo overall, has had the more explosive offense this season, but the Rockets will also be without their former head coach Matt Campbell who left for Iowa State.

This should be a very good game as well.  The spread has started to go up to as much as Temple -3 in some places, but I’m locked in at Temple -1

(Temple 27 Toledo 23)

Bet Sports Strong Rating B

***Bet Sports Strong Ratings***

A-Bet with confidence

B-Strong lean, but bet with caution

C-Slight lean, enjoy the game but be careful with your money

D-Prediction but not a good feel either way

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