Idaho Potato Bowl Game Preview

By EFN Staff
Published: 12/19/2015

Akron Zips (7-5) vs. Utah State Aggies (6-6)

Bowl Game: Idaho Potato Bowl
Kickoff Time: Tuesday, December 22, 3:30 PM
Location: Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho

Utah State stumbled down the stretch, losing three of its last four games, but did enough to earn its fifth consecutive bowl appearance. Akron is back in a bowl game for the first time since 2005 after posting just its eighth winning record in 30 years as an FBS program.

Players to Watch

  • Akron running back Connor Hundley has 10 of the Zips’ 19 rushing touchdowns this season, and led the team with 883 rushing yards.
  • Aggies linebacker Nick Vigil is second among FBS players with 141 tackles, and also has 3.0 sacks and one forced fumble.

Key Stats

  • Utah State is 1-2 in three previous trips to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, winning in 2012.
  • Akron’s only previous bowl appearance was a 38-31 defeat against Memphis in the 2005 Motor City Bowl.
  • Utah State is 3-5 all-time in bowl games, with all three victories in the last three seasons.
  • Akron averages 24 points per game, which ranks 99th in the FBS.
  • This will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
  • A loss for Utah State would mean their first losing season since 2010.
  • Akron linebacker Jatavis Brown was named the MAC defensive player of the year after leading the Zips with 108 tackles and 10.5 sacks.


  • Zips running back D.J. Jones is questionable with an undisclosed injury.