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Idaho has been largely uncompetitive in 21 seasons at the FBS level, so the program is dropping down to FCS status, beginning with the 2018 season.So it is no stretch to say the Vandals are probably the most unlikely participant of the 80 bowl teams this season.Idaho (8-4) concludes its next-to-last season as part of college footballs top level by playing in a bowl game for only the third time when it meets streaking Colorado State (7-5) in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Thursday (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) in Boise, Idaho.The Vandals made the decision to drop down a level after being dismissed from the Sun Belt Conference. The university figured it might enjoy more success and lose less money as an FCS school.So expectations were even lower than normal at the outset of this season and Idaho certainly didnt look like it was headed to its first winning campaign since 2009 or second in the past 17 seasons when it lost back-to-back September games to Washington and Washington State by a combined 115-20.Yet coach Paul Petrino kept the squad from crumbling and Idaho finished the regular season by winning four straight and six of its last seven. And saying the Vandals are reveling in the bowl berth would be quite the understatement.Thats one reason Im so proud of our players, Petrino said during a press conference. Theyve been kicked out of a conference and told they were going to change divisions. They never worried about that. They worried about playing one game at a time.The date with Colorado State will definitely be challenging for the Vandals. The Rams won four of their past five games, and put 63 points on the scoreboard in a late-season road trouncing of Mountain West champion San Diego State.Colorado State averaged a scorching 47.4 points and 520.6 yards over its final five games and the four victories during the stretch were by an average of 26.5 points. The Rams are playing in a bowl for the fourth consecutive season, the second-longest streak in school history (five under Sonny Lubick from 1999-2003).Junior quarterback Nick Stevens tossed 14 touchdown passes against one interception over the final six games and standout junior receiver Michael Gallup (70 catches for 1,164 yards) had 11 touchdown receptions, second most in school history.Senior weak-side linebacker Kevin Davis posted a team-high 101 tackles as the leader of the defense.Our football team has consistently improved throughout this season by the way they have worked and learned to compete, and I believe we are playing our best football late in the season, Rams coach Mike Bobo said. We are appreciative of this invitation to play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, and Im excited for this football team to have one more chance to play together, to keep improving and finish the season on a high note.The Idaho defense limited three of its last four opponents to 14 or fewer points. Sophomore middle linebacker Tony Lashley recorded a team-best 99 tackles.Vandals junior quarterback Matt Linehan passed for 2,803 yards and 15 touchdowns against 10 interceptions. He is the son of Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. Cheap Chiefs Jerseys Authentic . The 25-year-old Japanese star has officially been posted by his club team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles. Cheap Chiefs Jerseys . -- Its been a long road back for Sean Bergenheim. .H. -- Matt Kenseth made it 2 for 2 in the Chase, holding off teammate Kyle Busch to win Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Authentic Tremon Smith Jersey . 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After the Wolves 117-90 loss, players had some pretty strong words about their latest performance.We didnt play with heart, point guard Ricky Rubio told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It was a two-point game and suddenly it was a 25-point game. And it seems like we didnt care.Guard Zach LaVine echoed Rubios sentiment following Minnesotas 17th loss.We got blown out at home, and its unacceptable, LaVine told the Star Tribune. Weve got to play as a team. We have to come out and give it all weve got. Because we have to get out of this hole. This is our job. Our passion. Its about us.Golden State reeled off four straight wins before suffering a 110-89 loss Saturday to the Memphis Grizzlies. That loss was only the fourth of the year -- and the third by at least 20 points -- for the reigning Western Conference champion. Steve Kerrs team has still looked like the team to beat in the NBA through the first few months of the 2016-17 season.ddddddddddddIn Saturdays loss, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were each 4-for-14 from the floor. Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 21 points, while Curry was held to 17 points -- including an uncharacteristic 3-for-11 from 3-point range.I think (Currys) set the bar so high the last couple years, Warriors coach Steve Kerr told the San Jose Mercury News after Saturdays loss. Hes got high standards. Hell find his stroke.Defense has been one of the weakest parts of Minnesotas game this year. The young Timberwolves rank near the bottom of the league in many defensive categories, including points against and opponent field goal percentage. They havent held an opponent to fewer than 100 points in eight straight games.That doesnt necessarily bode well for Minnesota on Sunday, considering Golden State is the highest-scoring team in the NBA. 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