The Rockets will take on Western Athletic Conference champion Utah State in a matchup to start at 4:30 p.m at Bronco Stadium. The Aggies (10-2) are ranked No. 18 in the latest Associated Press poll and finished the regular season on a six-game win streak. Their only losses came on the road by a combined five points to Wisconsin (16-14) and BYU (6-3).
This will mark the second year in a row Utah State participates in this bowl following a 24-23 loss to Ohio. The Aggies are coached by Gary Andersen, who has put together a 25-24 mark in four seasons at the school.
Toledo (9-3) will appear in a bowl for the 13th time and for the third straight year. The Rockets captured the Military Bowl title in 2011, topping Air Force, 42-41.
“I think the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will provide our student-athletes with an outstanding bowl experience, as well as the opportunity to play against a very tough Utah State team,” UT coach Matt Campbell said in a statement. “Playing in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is an excellent reward for our players, coaches and everyone involved in our team’s success.”
In recruiting news, the Rockets picked up a verbal commitment Sunday from a wide receiver. Zach Yousey, of Harvest Prep in Columbus, holds offers from several Mid-American Conference programs. Yousey (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) is the 16th commitment and the first receiver in Toledo’s 2013 class.