college football picks Toledo at Ohio University 9-11-10

September 10, 2010


DATE & TIME: Saturday, September 11th, 7:00 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Peden Stadium (24,000) — Athens, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: Toledo 0-1, Ohio 1-0. Away Record: Toledo 0-0, Ohio 0-0. Neutral Record: Toledo 0-0, Ohio 0-0. Conference Record: Toledo 0-0, Ohio 0-0. Series Record: Toledo leads, 30-19-1.

GAME NOTES: Mid-American Conference play will begin this Saturday for two teams, as the Ohio University Bobcats will host the Toledo Rockets at Peden Stadium.

The Rockets closed out last season with four losses in their last five contests, and the new campaign did carried on that same theme. Toledo fell to Arizona by an embarrassing, 41-2 margin, dropping its fifth consecutive season-opener. Over the past two seasons, the Rockets have claimed just five league wins, which makes this upcoming matchup a pivotal one.

The Bobcats are coming off a nine-win season, which included a 7-1 league ledger, a trip to the MAC title game, and a bowl appearance. Now, entering his sixth season. coach Frank Solich is hoping for more of the same and the Bobcats delivered in their opener, defeating Wofford, 33-10.

The Rockets own a 30-19-1 edge over Ohio in the all-time series, but out of those 19 wins for Ohio, 14 have come at home.

It was definitely not the start coach Beckman was looking for from his offense, as the Rockets finished with just two total points. Nothing0 went right for Toledo, which totaled only 10 first downs and 183 yards.

The ground game was held in check by a tough Arizona squad, as the Rockets finished with just 80 yards on 2.9 yards per attempt. Adonis Thomas led the way with 52 yards on 10 carries, while Morgan Williams was limited to just 21 yards on nine totes.

The passing attack was just as bad, if not worse, as Austin Dantin proved ineffective under center. The sophomore finished with just 103 yards through the air, completing just 14-of-23 passes. Dantin was sacked twice in the loss and also threw an interception.

Toledo’s inability to stop the pass was a major problem for the team last season, and it looks like the team’s struggles in that area have carried over into this year, as the Rockets surrendered 413 yards through the air in the loss to Arizona.

The Wildcats, who scored three passing touchdowns, converted 20 of their 25 first downs via the pass against a clearly weak Toledo secondary. Overall the Rockets did finish with one interception, but allowed Arizona to convert on 8- of-11 third down attempts and four of six red zone chances.

Desmond Marrow led the way with nine tackles in the loss, while four other players each tallied eight stops.

The Bobcats came out of the gates in the 2010 season running on all cylinders, as the team pulverized Wofford for 230 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

Vince Davidson led the way with 70 yards on 17 carries, while Ryan Boykin added 61 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Boo Jackson also scored on the ground for Ohio, but the signal caller did not have a great showing with his arm.

Jackson completed 7-of-12 passes, but finished with just 97 yards and one interception. No receiver had more than two receptions and Terrence McCrae, who led the team with nine touchdowns in 2009, finished with just one catch.

Ohio has enjoyed success over the years thanks to strong defense, and the Bobcat showed their claws in the opener against Wofford.

The Bobcats allowed only 230 total yards in the contest, but oddly enough all those yards for Wofford came on the ground. Ohio had some issues against the run last season, and although that problem seems to remain, the team softened th blow by forcing three turnovers.

Noah Keller racked up 155 tackles a year ago, and continued his tremendous play in the opener, collecting nine stops to begin the year.

Coach Beckman would probably like to start over from scratch, but unfortunately the Rockets, that is impossible. Toledo should perform better in this one, but a the road against the Bobcats is unlikely.

FREE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKSOhio University 27, Toledo 13

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