BOISE -- The University of Toledo Rockets will play on the blue against the Utah State Aggies in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl this Saturday.
Boise's bowl is one of the first games of the month-long NCAA bowl season. With less time to plan, both schools wanted to get their fans out to Boise. We wanted to find out how successful they were.
The Toledo Rockets played at Bronco Stadium two years ago where they were defeated by BSU. On Saturday, they'll get another shot at a win -- but not against the Broncos. They'll line up against the 18th ranked Aggies, who are expected to have thousands of fans cheering for them.
"The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl has been very considerate and thoughtful and they understand the situation. And they understand the challenge for these Midwestern schools from the MAC to try to get out here for the weekend." said Paul Helgren from the University of Toledo Athletic Department.
University of Toledo fans bought about 300 tickets to Saturday's game.
"For a school like Toledo, where you're a long ways away, that's a bit of a challenge to get people to pick up on short notice and make the trip out," said Helgren.
It's a different story for Utah State. Less than five hours Southeast of Boise, thousands of their fans bought tickets.
"We have 4,000 tickets that we'll get rid of, and we'll have all those out, but there's so many more that buy. We have quite an alumni base in Idaho and in Northern Utah, so we'll have a lot that have bought already and will continue to buy," said Scott Barnes, the Athletic Director for Utah State University.
Barnes hopes that helps his team on the blue.
"It's huge. When you're a student athlete you want to know you're supported. The emotion of the game is so critical, and when you've got 12,000 Aggies here rooting you on that means something," said Barnes.