Free 2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Picks
Buffalo Bulls vs San Diego State Aztecs
Date: 
Saturday, 12/21/2013 Time: 5:30pm ET on ESPN
Game Line: Buffalo -7 (from JustBetOver/Under: 53

Free 2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Game Analysis: The Buffalo Bulls 2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Picksof the MAC conference will make their second ever bowl appearance in Boise, Idaho when they take on the San Diego State Aztecs.

Buffalo had one of their best seasons in school history this year setting an FBS-program record for wins in a season and finishing 8-4 and 6-2 in the Mid-American conference. After starting out the season 0-2, the Bulls managed to string together seven straight victories, before losing at Toledo 41-31. They rebounded from that loss winning against Miami (OH), but lost their regular season finale to eventual MAC champion Bowling Green 24-7. They possess a well balanced offense, averaging 229.9 yards passing and 171.9 yards rushing per game. They rank 43rd in the nation in total defense, allowing an average of 376.3 yards per game, and allowing 5.52 yards per play. They also allow 22.3 points per game, which ranks 27th nationally.

San Diego State (7-5) also had a tough start to their season, losing their first three games with the first of those coming to Easter Illinois of the Ohio Valley Conference. The other two losses were to Ohio State 42-7 and Oregon State 34-30. They then won seven of their next eight games, with their only loss in that stretch to then #17 Fresno State in overtime 35-28. They had two quality wins during that stretch, a 34-30 victory at San Jose State, and a 31-28 win at home over Boise State. The Aztecs ended their season on a sour note, losing to UNLV 45-19. The Aztecs average 262.3 yards passing and 159.8 yards per game. Their defense has is ranked 55th in the nation, allowing an average of 392.6 yards per game, and give up an average of 5.32 yards per play.

These two teams have had one common opponent, Ohio State. Buffalo was somewhat competitive, San Diego was not. Buffalo has had one of their best seasons in quite some time, and is still looking for their first ever bowl victory. San Diego State is making their fourth consecutive bowl appearance, and has lost their previous two bowl games. San Diego State’s coach Rocky long doesn’t have the best postseason record, going 1-6 in postseason appearances, 0-2 with the Aztecs. The weather forecast is calling for cold temperatures with a possible wintery mix. This will benefit Buffalo, as they are from upstate New York and are used to the cold weather and adverse weather conditions. As far as strength of schedule goes, both teams have rank near one another in that department. I’m going with Buffalo here, as I think the weather here will definitely be a factor. Given Rocky Long’s postseason record, can you really trust a team led by a coach that has an obvious track record of not having his team prepared for postseason play? I certainly can’t, especially in adverse weather conditions. I think Buffalo gets their first bowl win on Saturday.

2013 Free Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Game Picks: Buffalo -1 Under 53
2013 Free Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Score Prediction: Fresno State 35 USC 28

 

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