Colorado State, Idaho finished seasons strong on offense.
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.