The 2017 College football bowl season continues on Friday, December 22, 2017 with Wyoming and Central Michigan in the Potato Bowl. Wyoming enters bowl season with a 7-5 record, while Central Michigan owns an 8-4 record.
Find the time, TV channel and streaming information for the 2017 Potato Bowl between Wyoming and Central Michigan below.
College football bowl schedule: Time, TV channel, live stream for Wyoming-Central Michigan in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Matchup: Wyoming (7-5, 5-3 Mountain West Conference) vs. Central Michigan (8-4, 6-2 Mid-American Conference)
Time: 4 p.m. ET
TV channel: ESPN
Online live stream: The 2017 Potato Bowl will be streaming on WatchESPN.
Odds: The game has no favorite and is considered a pick ’em game
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl history
The 2017 installment will be the 7th Potato Bowl and 21st game in the game’s entire existence. The bowl game currently features teams from the Mountain West Conference and Mid-American Conference.
Prior to becoming the Potato Bowl, the game was mostly known as either the Humanitarian Bowl or MPC Computers Bowl. The game this year is being played at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho.
2017 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Wyoming-Central Michigan preview
Wyoming is entering the Potato Bowl with a 7-5 record on the season but was 7-3 after its first 10 games. The last two, which have resulted in losses, came against Fresno State and San Jose State.
The Cowboys feature one of the top prospects — according to many — leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Quarterback Josh Allen is a junior, but has the option to go into the upcoming draft. Last season was when Allen burst onto the scene, throwing for over 3,200 yards and 28 TD.
This year hasn’t been as kind to Allen. The 6-foot-5 gunslinger has only played in 10 games this season due to an injured shoulder — those 10 being the first 10, giving his team a 7-3 record — and has thrown 13 TD to 6 INT in those 10 contests.
In what was supposed to be a game where Allen could prove his talents to start the 2017 season, the Cowboys faced the Iowa Hawkeyes and scored just 3 points in the game. Allen threw for 174 yards, 0 TD and 2 INT.
Allen is currently dealing with a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder, and according to Mountain West Wire, his shoulder ‘is not where it needs to be.’ He hasn’t missed a bowl practice to this point, however.
The top signal caller is listed is a game time decision and if he can’t play, Nick Smith will get the start. Smith has thrown for 471 yards, 2 TD and 2 INT this season.
For Central Michigan, the Chippewas began its season with a 3-4 record but responded with 5 straight victories to end the year at 8-4 overall. The Chippewas won a 30-27 triple overtime game against Rhode Island to start the season.
Leading the team in passing is former Michigan Wolverines QB Shane Morris. Morris has thrown for 2,908 yards as a Chippewa this season as well as 26 TD to 13 INT. He has completed 55 percent of his passes.
Morris’ most consistent target has been WR Mark Chapman, who has caught 54 passes for 805 yards and 5 TD. Outside of Chapman, Corey Willis has been the biggest threat, catching 42 passes for 625 yards and 9 TD.
On the ground, Central Michigan is led by Jonathan Ward. Ward averages 5.9 yards per carry on 167 carries for a total of 988 yards and 9 TD. Twelve different Chippewas have scored either a rushing or receiving TD this season.
Michael Armstrong does the kicking for Central Michigan and he has connected on 7 of his 11 kicks this season with his longest being 39 yards. For Wyoming, the Cowboys’ Cooper Rothe does the kicking duties and he has made 12-of-15 field goals this season while booting a season-long 49-yarder.
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