Central Michigan concluded the 2017 season full speed, winning five-straight games to earn its best record since 2009. The successful finish landed the Chippewas into the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against Wyoming of the Mountain West Conference.
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl transpires on December 22 in Boise, ID on Boise State's iconic blue turf. It will be a much greater travel in terms of distance for the Chippewas, opposed to the Cowboys who reside just one state over.
Central Michigan (8-4) will play in its fourth-straight bowl game and its third under head coach John Bonamego. Despite the recent history of qualifying, the Chippewas haven't won a December showdown since they defeated Western Kentucky in the 2012 Little Caesar's Bowl.
In 2017, the Chippewas shed off a shaky start and experienced some great quarterback play by Shane Morris late in the season to finish 8-4 — the second-best record in the MAC. Central Michigan beat the likes of Ohio and Northern Illinois down the stretch and defeated its rival Western Michigan in a dramatic comeback during midweek MACtion.
Wyoming (7-5) experienced plenty of hype coming into 2017 thanks to NFL Draft hopeful Josh Allen. The quarterback's team started 1-2, but the Cowboys won six of their next seven to jump to 7-3. Losses to Fresno State and San Jose State spoiled what looked destined to be a great finish for the Mountain West program.
Wyoming shattered its four-year bowl drought last December and narrowly fell to BYU in the Poinsettia Bowl. The Cowboys will be aiming to win their first postseason battle since the 2009 season, when they defeated current conference foe Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl.
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl begins at 4 pm EST on December 22.