Utah State (7-5) finished the year with five straight victories and brings the nation’s sixth-ranked rushing attack into Bronco Stadium, led by junior running back Robert Turbin.
The Aggies faced a tough out-of-conference schedule and lost narrowly to two national powers, Auburn and BYU.
Utah State’s last bowl appearance was in 1997 vs. Cincinnati in the same venue, the formerly-named Humanitarian Bowl. Overall, this will be the Aggies sixth bowl appearance in the program’s history.
"We’re delighted that Ohio and Utah State will be the match-up in our Bowl," said Kevin McDonald, Executive Director, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. "Both teams have well-coached, resurgent programs with powerful offenses so the fans are sure to see a competitive and entertaining game on the blue turf in Boise."
This will be only the second all-time meeting between Utah State and Ohio, with the teams playing each other on Sept. 17, 1994, at Athens, Ohio, and USU winning, 5-0 (yes, 5-0).
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is the second game of the entire bowl calendar and the only one in its timeslot. The Bowl will be telecast nationally on ESPN and broadcast on ESPN Radio. Five of the previous seven games have been decided on the last drive, with an average score of 38-25 over the past 14 years.
The Congrove Computer Rankings suggest this will be the most-closely contested game of the bowl season with Utah State forecasted to win by a scant 0.11 points.