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Utah State vs. Georgia State: Picks, best bets for Potato Bowl in Boise

The Aggies and Panthers meet in Boise for the Potato Bowl.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 05 Georgia State at Southern Miss Photo by Bobby McDuffie/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Utah State Aggies take on the Georgia State Panthers in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Saturday, December 23. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET from Boise, Idaho.

Utah State (6-6, 4-4 MWC) kicked off the season with a 1-3 start but were able to bounce back to reach .500 in conference play. They grabbed wins over Colorado State, San Diego State, and Nevada, with losses coming against James Madison, Boise State, and San Jose State, among others. Both Cooper Legas and McCae Hillstead saw plenty of action under center this season, and Hillstead enters the game listed as questionable with an ankle injury.

Georgia State (6-6, 3-5 SBC) started their season on a 4-0 run before falling to eventual Sub Belt champion Troy. The Panthers did not fare particularly well in conference play and were a fairly middling team in this season’s Sun Belt. They finished the season on a five-game losing streak. Quarterback Darren Grainger passed for 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions, and running back Marcus Carroll surpassed 1,300 rushing yards this season before entering the transfer portal.

Here’s everything you need to know and a pick for the bowl.

SP+ Rankings

Utah State: 97 overall, 49 offense, 129 defense
Georgia State: 101 overall, 71 offense, 110 defense

List of injuries and players opting out of game

Utah State

RB Robert Briggs Jr - Questionable (undisclosed)
QB McCae Hillstead - Questionable (ankle)
S Devin Dye - Out (transfer portal)

Georgia State

WR Ja’Cyais Credle - Questionable (undisclosed)
RB Marcus Carroll - Questionable (undisclosed)
RB Jaquan Dixon (Transfer portal)
OT Montavious Cunningham (Transfer portal)
CB Tony McCray (Transfer portal)
RB Marcus Carroll (Transfer portal)
S Jalen Tate (Transfer portal)
WR Rico Arnold (Transfer portal)
WR Robert Lewis (Transfer portal)

ATS/Total

Against The Spread in 2023

Utah State: 6-6 ATS
Georgia State: 6-6 ATS

Total in 2023

Utah State: Over 8-3-1
Georgia State: Over 5-7

Team Pace

Utah State: 21.4 seconds per play
Georgia State: 25.5 seconds per play

Odds at DraftKings Sportsbook

Spread: Utah State -1.5
Total: 59.5
Moneyline: Utah State -120, Georgia State +100

Weather

40 degrees, sunny, 9 MPH winds NW with 20 MPH wind gusts

Our Best Bet for the Potato Bowl

Utah State -1.5

The Panthers have already lost their top-performing wide receiver and running back to the transfer portal, and it will be tough for them to pull off a win without their key offensive players. After Georgia State ended the season on a five-game losing streak, the Aggies seem like a much better bet here.