Toledo vs Eastern Michigan Preview: Toledo Looks To Become Bowl-Eligible With A Win

Two of the conference's best running backs will meet up at the Glass Bowl Saturday.

Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-7; 0-4 MAC) at Toledo Rockets (5-3; 3-1 MAC)

Glass Bowl -- Toledo, Ohio

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 -- 7:00 p.m. ET

Television: ESPN3 (online exclusive)


Remember the third quarter of the Eastern Michigan versus Toledo game last year? Yeah, that one, where the score started started 21-10 Toledo's lead and absolutely exploded and turned into a 49-37 contest, with Bronson Hill having one of the most memorable quarters of football in his lifetime.

Okay, so the chances of that happening again are less than slim-to-none, but cheers to high hopes.

Coming into this game, the Toledo Rockets are only one win shy of being bowl-eligible with a 5-3 record (3-1 in the Mid-American Conference), which would make them the fifth team in the MAC to hit that 6-win mark. After beating rivaled Bowling Green in "The Battle of I-75", Toledo is now on a 3-game win streak. As for Eastern Michigan, they hold a 1-7 record, winless in their last six games, as well as their four MAC contests thus far.

Ranking 18th in the nation in rushing yards (227.0 rush ypg) led by running back David Fluellen (1067 yards), this seems like it's going to be a cakewalk for Toledo as they're matched up against the third worst rushing defense in the nation (256.4 ypg). Fluellen has been hurt in the last couple of weeks, unable to finish the Navy and Bowling Green games with back and ankle issues. Even though he's third in the nation in rushing yards, true freshman Kareem Hunt has rushed for over 100 yards in both of those games, so it's safe to assume that they'll be fine in that regard. Toledo has the edge here with Eastern Michigan ranking 69th in the nation in rushing (161.6 ypg).

With no chance at getting into a bowl game, we've seen the Eagles reach deeper into the depth charts, giving more players some playing time last week against the Northern Illinois Huskies. Brogan Roback started at quarterback, but shared equal playing time with Tyler Benz throughout the game. Javonti Greene became the team's leading rusher for the first time this season. It wouldn't be very surprising if we saw more of the same out of Eastern this weekend. At this point, it's just practical to give everybody some playing time.

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