The 2021 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl features the 7-6 Kent State Golden Flashes against the 6-6 Wyoming Cowboys. Here is the 2021 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Preview.
Kent State Golden Flashes (7-6)
Kent State won seven games and appeared in the MAC Championship Game. They defeated two bowl eligible teams in Northern Illinois and Miami (Ohio). They had no losses to teams with fewer than six wins.
The Golden Flashes score 32.6 points per game, which ranks 36th nationally. They pass for 239.6 yards (ranked 60th) and rush for 243.2 yards per game (ranked fourth).
Dustin Crum has led the passing attack for a few seasons at Kent State. He has thrown for 2,922 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions on 64.2 percent completion. Four receivers have over 300 receiving yards on the season. The leading receiver is Dante Cephas with 78 receptions for 1,124 yards and eight touchdowns. Keshunn Abram and Nykeim Johnson each have three touchdown catches and over 500 receiving yards on the season.
Two running backs lead the way for the Golden Flashes. Marquez Cooper has 1,080 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. Behind him, Xavier Williams has 812 rushing yards and three touchdowns. From the quarterback position, Crum is a threat to run with 633 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.
The defense allows 35.1 points per game, which ranks 119th in the FBS. They give up 190.1 rushing yards (ranked 106th) and 276.3 passing yards per game (ranked 123rd). Safety Dean Clark has led the team with 103 total tackles. Cornerback Elvis Hines has 10 pass deflections, while defensive lineman CJ West has five sacks, showing good pressure.
Wyoming Cowboys (6-6)
The Cowboys won six games to qualify for the fourth bowl game under Craig Bohl. They were able to be victorious over three bowl-eligible teams: Northern Illinois, Ball State and Utah State. Their season includes two losses to teams who didn’t qualify for bowl games in New Mexico and San Jose State.
Wyoming scores just 23.2 points per game, tying them for 99th in the country. The Cowboys rush for 195.1 (ranked 29th) and pass for 165.7 yards (ranked 116th).
Sean Chambers and Levi Williams have both played quarterback for the Cowboys, but they haven’t been able to generate much offense. They have combined for 1,988 yards, 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions on 53.5 percent completion. Four pass-catchers have over 200 receiving yards on the season. The one that leads the team by far is Isaiah Neyor who has 39 catches for 791 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Xazavian Valladay leads the team in rushing with 984 yards and five touchdowns. Titus Swen has the most rushing touchdowns on the team with seven and also has 737 yards on the ground. Williams and Chambers have accounted for nearly 500 yards on the ground from the quarterback position.
Their defense allows 22.5 points per game, which puts them at 36th nationally. They concede 169.1 rushing yards (ranked 92nd) and 177.5 passing yards per game (ranked seventh). Linebacker Chad Muma has been all over the field with 129 tackles. Cornerback C.J. Coldon has nine passes defended on the season to lead the team.
Kent State’s defense will let them down in this game. Wyoming doesn’t have the strongest offense, but they should be able to move the ball against the Golden Flashes. The Cowboys’ defense will be able to hang on in the end.
Wyoming Cowboys 21 Kent State Golden Flashes 20
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