Just one bowl game on Friday this week and it’s from the blue turf in Boise as Ohio University of the Mid-American Conference faces Nevada of the Mountain West in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The Bobcats are more than TD favorites on the Mybookie NCAAF odds.
How to Bet Ohio vs Nevada Potato Bowl Spread & Game Info
- When: Friday, 3:30 PM ET
- Where: Albertsons Stadium, Boise
- TV: ESPN
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
- Radio: SiriusXM
- Potato Bowl Spread: Ohio -8.5 (Total 58.5)
Ohio vs Nevada Series History
This will be the first meeting between the Wolf Pack and the Bobcats. Nevada (7-5, 4-4 MW) has played in two previous Famous Idaho Potato Bowls (2006 and 2008). Ohio (6-6, 5-3 MAC) will be making its second appearance in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, winning the 2011 edition against Utah State.
Why Bet on Ohio?
Ohio closed the regular season with a 52-3 rout of Akron to earn bowl eligibility. The Bobcats piled up 603 yards of total offense, with a season-high 352 through the air and 251 on the ground. Ohio recorded over 600 yards of total offense for the second week in a row and seventh time in program history after putting up a season-high 609 in a 66-24 triumph at Bowling Green on Nov. 19. The Bobcats won all four of their MAC road games in 2019, marking the first time Ohio has won all of its conference road contests since going 4-0 in 2009.
Ohio’s defense produced the most dominant performance in the last 15 years under coach Frank Solich, limiting the Zips to just 74 yards of total offense and marking the first time an opponent has failed to reach 100 yards of total offense in the last 15 years. Akron’s 33 passing yards marked the fewest by an Ohio opponent since the Bobcats held Wofford to zero passing yards in a 33-10 win on Sept. 4, 2010.
QB Nathan Rourke completed 20 of his 28 passing attempts. The senior also added a one-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter, allowing him to set the program record for career touchdowns scored with his 50th, surpassing the previous high mark of 49 shared by Kareem Wilson (1995-98) and Kalvin McRae (2004-07). He gained 37 rushing yards on 10 attempts.
Rourke has passed for 2,676 yards and 20 touchdowns and is also the Bobcats’ second-leading rusher with 780 yards and 12 touchdowns. He ranks 21st nationally in total offense with an average of 288 yards per game. Rourke became Ohio’s first quarterback to be named All-MAC First Team since 1981.
Senior defensive back Javon Hagan was named first-team All-MAC for the second straight year. Hagan leads the Bobcats with 99 tackles, including four games with double-digit stops.
The Bobcats are making their 13th bowl appearance in program history, 11th in the last 14 years and fifth in a row. Ohio has won four bowl games in its history, and will be going for its third-straight bowl win. Ohio’s 13 bowl appearances are tied for the second-most among MAC programs. Ohio’s four bowl wins are tied for fourth-most among MAC programs, and a third-straight bowl win would tie Ohio with Toledo (1969-71) and Miami (1973-75) for the most consecutive bowl wins in conference history.
Ohio owns a 2-5 record against current members of the Mountain West, with both victories coming in bowl games.
Why Bet on Nevada?
Nevada ended the regular season with a 33-30 OT home loss to UNLN on Nov. 30, ending a three-game winning streak. Nevada grabbed a 30-27 lead in overtime on Brandon Talton’s 42-yard field goal, but the Rebels needed just three plays for Kenyon Oblad to find Steve Jenkins for the game-winning TD pass.
Carson Strong completed 33 of 54 passes for 351 yards and a TD for the Wolf Pack. Elijah Cooks had 12 catches for 151 yards — both were career highs for the junior. The Wolf Pack have started three different quarterbacks this season, but redshirt freshman Car- son Strong has taken the reigns, earning nine starts total and has thrown seven touchdowns with only one interception in the last four games. Among freshmen starting quarterbacks in the nation this season, Strong boasts the third-best completion percentage at 63.38%.
Dalton is now 18-for-22 on the season on field goals. His 18 made FGs are seventh-most in a single season in program history. He needs one more make to tie Marty Zendejas for sixth.
Talk about Defense
The Nevada defense is lead by first-team All-MW end Dom Peterson. The sophomore ranked second in the conference and led Nevada with 13.5 tackles for loss, 13 of them being solo. Peterson also ranks second in the MW with eight sacks, averaging .73 per game which is good for 28th in the nation. He recorded at least one tackle for loss in all but one game this season. The Wolf Pack rank 32nd nationally with 11 interceptions, including a team-high four by second-team All-MW defensive back Daniel Brown. Brown totaled 41 tackles, 29 of them solo and three tackles for loss that totaled 12 yards. His five pass breakups ranked third on the team. The Nevada run defense has been dominant this season, ranking 43rd in the nation only allowing 137.9 rushing yards per game.
The Wolf Pack are looking for back-to-back eight-win seasons for the first time since 2009-10. They are in a bowl for the second straight year and 12th time in the last 15 seasons. This will mark the Wolf Pack’s 17th bowl appearance in program history. The Pack’s overall record in bowl games is 6-10.
Nevada toppled Arkansas State 16-13 in overtime last year at the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl. The Wolf Pack has never won bowl games in back-to-back seasons. Nevada has twice previously competed in this game, falling to Miami in 2006 and to Maryland in the 2008 edition. Nevada is searching for its first win on the blue turf in Boise since 1997, a span of 11 games.
Ohio vs Nevada 2019 Potato Bowl Betting Trends
- Bobcats are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games
- Bobcats are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games played on a Friday
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ohio’s last 7 games
- Wolf Pack are 12-6 SU in their last 18 games
- Wolf Pack are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games played on a Friday
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Nevada’s last 6 games
Expert Final Score Prediction for Ohio vs Nevada
Ohio 34 – Nevada 30