Ohio vs Nevada Reddit Live : In the history of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, MVP honors have gone to players such as Matt Ryan, Josh Allen, Colin Kaepernick and Corey Davis. Ohio and Nevada have each appeared in this bowl game previously but only the Bobcats have won. Ohio has an explosive offensive attack but they are susceptible to giving up significant yardage as well. It could be a track meet in Boise.
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How to watch
Date: Friday, Jan. 3 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Albertsons Stadium (Boise, Idaho)
Follow: CBS Sports App
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will be played between the Nevada Wolf Pack and the Ohio Bobcats on Jan. 3, 2020. The game will be played at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho.
Nevada comes into the game with a 7-5 overall record and a 4-4 record in the Mountain West Conference. Ohio comes into the game with a 6-6 overall record and a 5-3 record in the Mid-American Conference.
Nevada’s entering its second straight bowl game after having missed out during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Carson Strong has led the offense with 1,933 passing yards and 10 touchdown passes this season. Running back Toa Taua has led the team with 759 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns. Elijah Cooks has been the leading receiver with 729 yards on 62 catches and seven touchdowns. Dom Peterson has been the anchor on defense with eight sacks while defensive back Daniel Brown had four interceptions this season. Brown, defensive back Austin Arnold and defensive tackle Hausia Sekona were suspended for the game over an on-field altercation against UNLV earlier in December. Linebacker Gabriel Sewell is to serve a half-game suspension.
The Bobcats are entering their fifth consecutive bowl game. They are 2-2 in their last four bowl appearances. Ohio’s offense has been led by Nathan Rourke, who has 2,676 passing yards and 20 touchdown passes this season. Running back O’Shaan Allison had a team-leading 823 yards on the ground and six rushing touchdowns. Wide receiver Isiah Cox has led with 36 catches for 590 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Shane Hooks and tight end Ryan Luehrman had five touchdown catches each. Tight end Austin Conrad has led Ohio with four sacks.
Nathan Rourke, QB
Rourke is a three-year starter for the Bobcats. He is a bit undersized for the position, but the bigger concern has been his accuracy, as he’s hovered around a 60 percent completion rate throughout his career. The Ontario native does a good job of not throwing into coverage. One aspect of his game that makes him more valuable is his ability to run the football. Rourke runs about as often as he throws and he has been effective on the ground. Over the past three seasons, he has accounted for 60 passing touchdowns and 48 rushing touchdowns. Fans will have a hard time finding a quarterback that has made more of an impact in that time frame.
On this particular play, Rourke does a great job climbing the pocket and fitting the ball in between three defenders.
Jake Nelson, OT
Nelson is a really good player. His size would generally dictate that he has to play offensive guard, but his frame, minus the height, looks like an offensive tackle. The California native has good technique and displays average quickness into pass protection. He does a good job staying connected with the offensive guard and sealing his blocks. Nelson will need to improve his upper body strength but establishes a good, balanced base. He could do a better job running his feet and creating more ground in the run game. At the end of the day, there is a lot of potential. It would not come as a surprise if he was taken late Day 2 but it is more likely he lands early Day 3.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Ohio and Nevada will meet for the first time Friday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. It’s the fifth straight bowl appearance for the Bobcats and 11th overall in the past 14 seasons under head coach Frank Solich. Ohio has fond memories of its only other trip to the Potato Bowl when it beat Utah State 24-23 in 2011 for the first bowl victory in program history. The Bobcats had the second-best scoring offense in the MAC this season and closed the regular season scoring 66 against Bowling Green and 52 against Akron. Four of Ohio’s six losses were by three points or less. When Nevada was good this year, it was tough to beat. The Wolf Pack won three of their final four games, including the program’s first road win over a Top 25 team when Nevada won at San Diego State. But the Wolf Pack also had losses of 71 (at Oregon), 51 (vs. Hawaii), 28 (at Wyoming) and 26 (at Utah State). Nevada has never won bowl games in consecutive years, but is looking to follow up on last year’s 16-13 overtime win over Arkansas State in the Arizona Bowl. Doing so would mean winning on Boise’s blue turf, where the Wolf Pack haven’t won since 1997 — including two previous losses in this bowl game.
Ohio offense vs. Nevada defense. The Bobcats were nearly unstoppable on the offensive side late in the season. Over its final seven games, Ohio scored at least 34 points six times. The only time it was slowed came in a 24-21 loss to Miami (Ohio) that cost the Bobcats the MAC East title. The Bobcats rank 20th nationally averaging 34.7 points per game. Nevada’s defense improved as the season progressed and was at its best in its 17-13 upset of San Diego State. But the Wolf Pack allowed 28 points to Fresno State in a win and 33 to UNLV in an overtime loss to close out the regular season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Ohio: QB Nathan Rourke will play his final game for the Bobcats. It will be his 39th career game and 37th start since he arrived at Ohio. Rourke was a first-team All-MAC selection after throwing for 2,676 yards and 20 touchdowns this season. He also rushed for 780 yards and 12 scores. In his career, Rourke has thrown for 60 touchdowns and run for another 48.
Nevada: DE Dom Peterson must have a big game if the Wolf Pack are to slow down Ohio’s offense. Peterson led Nevada with eight sacks — second in the Mountain West — and 13½ tackles for loss. Peterson was the only Nevada player named a first-team All-Mountain West selection.
FACTS AND FIGURES
Ohio is trying to to become the third program in MAC history to win bowl games in three consecutive seasons, joining Toledo (1969-71) and Miami (1973-75). … Nevada QB Carson Strong threw for a career-high 351 yards in the regular season finale against UNLV. He has seven TDs and one interception in the past four games. … Ohio is fourth nationally converting 51.6% of third downs.