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Maybe it’s the weather? Potato Bowl gets the cold shoulder in postseason rankings

Idaho Vandals fans tailgate at Albertsons Stadium before Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

In Idaho's first bowl games since 2009, Vandals fans have a lot to celebrate before the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at Albertsons Stadium in Boise against Colorado State on Dec. 22.
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In Idaho's first bowl games since 2009, Vandals fans have a lot to celebrate before the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at Albertsons Stadium in Boise against Colorado State on Dec. 22.

Sometimes being number one is not a good thing.

The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl — played each December on Boise State’s blue turf — topped The Big Lead’s list of five worst bowl games this year.

“Do we really need a bowl named after a tuberous crop?” wrote Ryan Phillips. “Is this like equal time for stem tubers since we have Citrus and Peach as bowls? ‘Fine, you guys can get your own bowl, but it will be played in Boise on blue turf. No negotiation.’”

Phillips’ main issue with year’s Potato Bowl seems to be with one of the teams in the game, Wyoming, and its quarterback, Josh Allen.

“Allen’s numbers this year are atrocious,” Phillips wrote.

This year’s Potato Bowl sounds like a Wild West faceoff: the Wyoming Cowboys take on the Chippewas of Central Michigan at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22. It will be broadcast on ESPN.

The Idaho Vandals beat Colorado State 61-50 in last year’s Potato Bowl. Fans who turned out were treated to as many bowls of free fries as they wanted.

The Potato Bowl consistently ranks at the bottom of sports writers’ rankings of this season’s 39 bowl games:

▪  No. 31 on CBS Sports’ list.

“Come for the game that could be interesting, stay for the nightmare-inducing mascot.”

▪  No. 27 on Washington Post’s list.

“The Chippewas are the eighth different Mid-American Conference school in the past nine years to play on the Smurf Turf in the postseason. Only Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Kent State and Miami (Ohio) are needed to complete the set. Knock the matchup down a few spots if Wyoming QB Josh Allen, who is expected to turn pro after the season, doesn’t play.”

▪  SB Nation gave the Potato Bowl a watchability score of 2 out of 5. Other games listed in the same score: Cure Bowl, Camellia Bowl and Music City Bowl.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller

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