The 2018 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 21, 2018. It was the 22nd edition of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, and one of the 2018–19 bowl games concluding the 2018 FBS football season. The game was sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission.
|2018 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl|
|22nd Famous Idaho Potato Bowl|
|Date||December 21, 2018|
|MVP||Zach Wilson (QB, BYU)|
|Favorite||BYU by 12|
|Referee||Jeremy Parker (Sun Belt)|
|United States TV coverage|
|Network||ESPN and Gameday Radio|
|Announcers||Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey and Alex Corddry (ESPN)|
Scott Garrard, Hans Olsen and Chris Lewis (Gameday Radio)
The game matched the Western Michigan Broncos, from the Mid-American Conference, and the BYU Cougars, an independent team. The programs previously had met five times, most recently in 1970, with BYU holding a 3–2 edge.
Western Michigan received and accepted a bid to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on December 2. The Broncos entered the bowl with a 7–5 record (5–3 in conference). This was Western Michigan's second appearance in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, having lost to Air Force in the 2014 edition.
BYU received and accepted a bid to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on December 2. The independent Cougars entered the bowl with a 6–6 record. BYU became the first independent team to play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
|Time of possession||35:21||24:39|
|Western Michigan||Passing||Kaleb Eleby||20/36, 175 yds, 1 INT|
|Rushing||Jamauri Bogan||13 car, 62 yds, 1 TD|
|Receiving||D'Wayne Eskridge||2 rec, 61 yds|
|BYU||Passing||Zach Wilson||18/18, 317 yds, 4 TD|
|Rushing||Riley Burt||13 car, 110 yds, 1 TD|
|Receiving||Dylan Collie||6 rec, 124 yds, 2 TD|
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