Colorado State, Idaho fin­ished sea­sons strong on of­fense.

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Mike Bro­hard

fort collins» What bowl or­ga­niz­ers hope for are ex­cit­ing matchups that fill the sta­dium and at­tract a strong TV fol­low­ing.

The Fa­mous Idaho Potato Bowl group feels it has nailed at least one of those cri­te­ria when Colorado State (7-5) takes on Idaho (8-4) on Dec. 22 on ESPN. Both teams fin­ished strong and Idaho gives the bowl a lo­cal fla­vor that should help at­ten­dance.

Colorado State won four of its fi­nal five games and av­er­aged 47.5 points in that run. The Van­dals won six of their fi­nal seven games and av­er­aged over 40 points in their fi­nal three.

Both coaches feel their teams are play­ing their best at sea­son’s end.

“There’s no ques­tion about it. Any­time you have a chance to play a game, you want to play peo­ple when they’re at their best,” CSU coach Mike Bobo said dur­ing a tele­con­fer­ence Mon­day. “They know how to de­sign plays that are go­ing to be suc­cess­ful, so it’s go­ing to be a big chal­lenge for us of­fen­sively, de­fen­sively and spe­cial teams.

“When you’re win­ning ball games, it’s good for team morale, and it builds con­fi­dence in your play­ers, they start to be­lieve, and I re­ally be­lieve both teams be­lieve in what they’re do­ing. They’re con­fi­dent in how they’re play­ing. It’s go­ing to be a big test.”

The Van­dals’ sea­son started out on a down note be­fore a game had been played when it learned it was be­ing dropped from the Sun Belt Con­fer­ence. The school has de­cided to drop down a level to FCS in 2018.

In­stead of that news cav­ing the sea­son, the Van­dals matched the pro­gram record with eight reg­u­larsea­son wins. They have played in three bowl games, all of them in Boise, the first two when the game was known as the Hu­man­i­tar­ian Bowl, and won it in 1998.

They’re back again, thanks to some horse trad­ing (CSU was to play a MAC team) and by run­ning off a win­ning streak.

It will be the only col­lege game on tele­vi­sion that day, and it will also be a home­away-from-home game for the Van­dals.

“I’m ex­cited about play­ing Idaho in the home state,” Bobo said. “I’m sure our fan base is go­ing to bring a num­ber of fans. It’s ex­cit­ing for our guys, the pos­si­bil­ity of play­ing in front of a packed house there in Boise. It’s a na­tion­ally tele­vised game; it’s the only bowl game on TV that day, so it’s a chance for both pro­grams to get a lot of ex­po­sure.”

RB Kin­sey tears ACL.

Fresh­man run­ning back Marvin Kin­sey Jr. suf­fered a torn ACL dur­ing Satur­day’s prac­tice, Bobo con­firmed.

Kin­sey rushed for 546 yards and seven touch­downs on 93 car­ries this sea­son. He rushed for 127 yards against New Mex­ico, a team best for a sin­gle game this year, and had a team-best 75yard scor­ing run.

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