Why Western Michigan Will Win The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
– The BYU offense only averaged 355 yards per game and scored 25 points per game – coming up with 28 points or fewer eight times. This isn’t the type of high-powered offense that’s going to come out and hang 45 on the board – there isn’t one thing on this Cougar offense that WMU has to worry about. This is hardly a rock of a Bronco defense, but it should be able to keep the team in the game for a full 60 minutes.
– The Broncos have to control the clock and the tempo, especially against the Cougar running game. BYU is 5-0 when it runs for 180 yards or more, and WMU is 0-4 when allowing that many. However, two of those rough games for the Broncos were in the first two of the season against Syracuse and Michigan. Yeah, the BYU ground game is fine, but it’s hardly a killer, doing its best work against UMass and New Mexico State – whatever.
– Both teams like to own the time of possession battle, but the Broncos are better at it, leading the MAC and finishing ninth in the nation keeping the ball for 33:27 per game. This isn’t exactly a grind-it-out Western Michigan team, but BYU will want to control the tempo. As long as the Bronco ground game is producing, everything else will work.