Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Odds: Spread, Total, Props

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Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Odds

The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is scheduled to kick off on Dec. 20 at 3:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. MT during the 2022-23 College Football Bowl Season. The game is held at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho, making it one of 12 bowl stadiums to primarily host an FBS team. The Eastern Michigan Eagles (8-4) play the San Jose State Spartans (7-4) Below, we’ll look at Famous Idaho Potato Bowl odds and bowl history.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl participants will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 4, following the reveal of the College Football Playoff.

Potato Bowl odds: Eastern Michigan Vs. San Jose State

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San Jose State is a favorite over Eastern Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise. The Mountain West is historically excellent in bowl games, posting a 15-10 mark over the last five seasons (7-2 overt the last two). Conversely, the MAC is usually a wise conference to fade in postseason play (.357 win rate in the past five years).

This spread has come down from an opening mark of SJSU -4.5. Since it’s now bumping up near a key betting figure (-3), bettors should watch for any further movement in favor of EMU. 17% of college football games in a three-point differential, known as the “push rate.”

San Jose State fields a stout defense, one that ranks 20th in points per drive allowed this season. They’re statistically the best defense EMU will have faced this season. The Eagles scored 21 and 24 against the only defenses ranked inside the top 50 in points per drive this season.

Penalties have been a serious issue for EMU this year as they lead the country in penalty yardage (79.2 per game!).

The Spartans field the best player on either roster, defensive lineman Viliami “Junior” Fehoko, and the better QB, Chevan Cordiero. Cordiero was an effective passer, throwing 20 touchdowns to just four interceptions this season. Fehoko is second nationally in tackles for a loss with 18.5.

The over/under for this game is set at points. Be sure to watch the weather, as the forecast calls for highs in the upper 20s with snow.

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Famous Idaho Potato Bowl betting

Last year, Kent State and Wyoming (-3.5) squared off on the blue turf both wearing color home uniforms in one of the worst visual matchups of all time. Kent State wore all-yellow uniforms, which clashed with the blue turf Wyoming sports brown uniforms and yellow pants. Besides the awful color schemes, this game was shootout, where the Cowboys won 52-38 behind 200 rushing yards and four rushing TDs from backup QB Levi Williams.

Wyoming easily covered 3.5 points and the over (59) hit by a mile.

Previous Years

Wyoming continued a streak where four of five favorites covered in the bowl, with the lone underdog covering and winning outright in 2020 when Nevada (+1) beat Tulane. Overall, favorites are 12-10-2.

This bowl has been historically friendly to overs, with 16 cashing in 25 matchups (one push). That’s more a testament to this game typically being heavy on points rather than low-set over/unders.


Below are historical results of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

The first Famous Idaho Potato Bowl was played in 1997, which at the time was called the Humanitarian Bowl, and Cincinnati beat Utah State, 35-19.

DateBowl nameWinnerScoreWinnerScore
December 20, 2022Famous Idaho Potato BowlEastern Michigan41San Jose State27
December 21, 2021Famous Idaho Potato BowlWyoming52Kent State38
December 22, 2020Famous Idaho Potato BowlNevada38Tulane27
January 3, 2020Famous Idaho Potato BowlOhio30Nevada21
December 21, 2018Famous Idaho Potato BowlBYU49Western Michigan18
December 22, 2017Famous Idaho Potato BowlWyoming37Central Michigan14
December 22, 2016Famous Idaho Potato BowlIdaho61Colorado State50
December 22, 2015Famous Idaho Potato BowlAkron23Utah State21
December 20, 2014Famous Idaho Potato BowlAir Force38Western Michigan24
December 21, 2013Famous Idaho Potato BowlSan Diego State49Buffalo24
December 15, 2012Famous Idaho Potato BowlUtah State41Toledo15
December 17, 2011Famous Idaho Potato BowlOhio24Utah State23
December 18, 2010Humanitarian BowlNorthern Illinois40Fresno State17
December 30, 2009Humanitarian BowlIdaho43Bowling Green42
December 30, 2008Humanitarian BowlMaryland42Nevada35
December 31, 2007Humanitarian BowlFresno State40Georgia Tech28
December 31, 2006MPC Computers BowlMiami (FL)21Nevada20
December 28, 2005MPC Computers BowlBoston College27Boise State21
December 27, 2004MPC Computers BowlFresno State37Virginia34 (OT)
January 3, 2004Humanitarian BowlGeorgia Tech52Tulsa10
December 31, 2002Humanitarian BowlBoise State34Iowa State16
December 31, 2001Humanitarian BowlClemson49Louisiana Tech24
December 28, 2000Humanitarian BowlBoise State38UTEP23
December 30, 1999Humanitarian BowlBoise State34Louisville31
December 30, 1998Humanitarian BowlIdaho42Southern Miss35
December 29, 1997Humanitarian BowlCincinnati35Utah State19


When is the 2023 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl?

The 2023 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl kicks off Dec. 23 at 3:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. MT.

Where is the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl?

Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho, hosts the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. It’s the primary home for Boise State and features famous blue turf.

Who is playing in the 2022 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl?

Eastern Michigan from the MAC plays San Jose State from the Mountain West in the 2022 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.