Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Toledo vs. No. 22 Utah State

It’s the WAC’s Utah State against Mid-American Conference school Toledo in Saturday’s Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on the blue turf at Boise State.

Utah State (10-2) had 10 wins for the first time in school history, winning the WAC title and going unbeaten in the league. With their perfect 6-0 conference record, Utah State secured the WAC title outright behind fourth-year coach Gary Andersen, who has become one of the bigger up-and-coming names in FBS football. The Aggies lost only to Wisconsin (16-14) and BYU (6-3). Since then, though, the Aggies have won six straight, scoring 38 points or more each time.

The Aggies will represent the Western Athletic Conference for the second straight year at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The 2011 bowl game ended in a 24-23 loss to Ohio University for the Aggies. Overall, this will be Utah State’s eighth bowl appearance in the program’s history.

Toledo made its first-ever appearance in the BCS standings at No. 25 on Nov. 4. That followed eight straight wins by the Rockets, including a 29-23 upset over then-No. 21 Cincinnati on Oct. 20. Back-to-back November losses to Ball State and Northern Illinois by a touchdown apiece prevented Toledo from playing for the MAC title. But it was still a highly successful debut for first-year head coach Matt Campbell, who took over when Tim Beckman left for Illinois.

The Rockets are led on offense by Doak Walker Award semifinalist David Fluellen, who is No. 8 nationally in rushing with 1,460 yards. On defense, linebacker Dan Molls leads the FBS with 166 tackles. The Aggies had the eighth-best scoring defense in the FBS.

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WagerWeb.com trends: Rockets are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 bowl games. Rockets are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. Rockets are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 Bowl games. Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. WAC. Aggies are 10-1-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. Aggies are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a S.U. win. Under is 6-0 in Aggies last 6 non-conference games. Under is 10-2 in Aggies last 12 games following a S.U. win.

Toledo Team Stats

Rushing Offense: 197.50 (33rd in nation, 5th in conference)

Passing Offense: 258.58 (46, 4)

Total Offense: 456.08 (29, 3)

Scoring Offense: 32.92 (38, 4)

Rushing Defense: 168.08 (74, 7)

Pass Defense: 296.00 (117, 12)

Total Defense: 464.08 (105, 10)

Scoring Defense: 27.33 (59, 5)

Turnover Margin: .58 (28, 4)

Sacks: 2.00 (60, 6)

Sacks Allowed: 1.92 (62, 8)

Utah State Team Stats

Rushing Offense: 191.67 (37th in nation, 2nd in conference)

Passing Offense: 268.00 (38, 3)

Total Offense: 459.67 (27, 2)

Scoring Offense: 34.42 (35, 3)

Rushing Defense: 111.42 (13, 1)

Pass Defense: 211.25 (37, 1)

Total Defense: 322.67 (16, 1)

Scoring Defense: 15.42 (8, 1)

Turnover Margin: -0.08 (61, 3)

Sacks: 3.25 (8, 2)

Sacks Allowed: 1.50 (36, 2)