In Idaho, they have a tradition around the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. And we here at Outsider are all about traditions. Especially ones that involve deep-fried potatoes.
This year, the winners of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl were the Wyoming Cowboys, who beat Kent State 52-38. They owed their win in no small part to their coach, Craig Bohl. And so to celebrate their victory, the Cowboys dumped a big ol’ bucket of French fries over his head.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Includes Plenty of Tater-Themed Events
As befits its title, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl includes lots of events focused on spuds. For example, before the big game, kids participated in a French fry-eating contest. They couldn’t use their hands, and had to dive right into the pile of golden fries using only their mouths.
As if that weren’t enough, the trophy at the event is… you guessed it: a giant bowl of potatoes. It was rolled out onto the field with 3 minutes left in the game. And while the trophy itself is hulking, get a look at those potatoes, which are likewise not for amateurs.
Of course, no Famous Idaho Potato Bowl game would be complete without an appearance from a massive potato. While the bowl’s mascot Spuddy Buddy was apparently making himself scarce, the Famous Idaho Potato Tour pulled up into the parking lot with their truck-sized spud. “Is it real?” indeed.
Bowl Is Big Event for Boise
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is the northernmost bowl game in the country. It’s among 17 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events. And the game aired on ESPN this Tuesday afternoon.
Traditionally, the game pits a Mountain West team against a Mid-American Conference (MAC) team. The 2020 matchup saw Nevada beat out Tulane, 38-27.
“The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl has been a signature event for the city of Boise for a quarter century and we are proud to continue that tradition,” Kevin McDonald, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Executive Director, said in a news release earlier this year. “We cannot wait to get back to a traditional bowl season and we are so excited our game will be right in the middle of it yet again.”
In Tuesday’s game, Wyoming’s Levi Williams turned in a particularly impressive performance. He became the first quarterback ever with 200 rushing yards and four rush touchdowns in a bowl game, per ESPN.