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Week 12 Preview: Toledo Rockets at Bowling Green Falcons

Rockets look to get back on track after last week’s tough loss

NCAA Football: Toledo at Miami Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Battle of I-75 has seen its prestige drained due to lack of competition.

Arguably one of the most battle tested rivalries across the Mid-American Conference, the lack of relevancy by the Bowling Green Falcons in the series since 2010 has caused a major damper.

It also can be said that the Toledo Rockets have played some of their best football ever during this eight-year span, sitting as high as No. 19 in the AP Top 25 poll and winning three bowl games.

That dominance has continued this season for U-T, who’re coming off their second loss on the road to Ohio. Its other loss came against No. 2 ranked Miami back on Sept. 23.

For Bowling Green, Wednesday’s kickoff means an opportunity to build a foundation for possible success in 2018 and earn bowl eligibility for the first time under coach Mike Jinks.

When Bowling Green Has The Ball

The Falcons have the capability to score points.

In the five games following the Akron loss back on Sept. 30, Bowling Green has averaged over 30 points a game, scoring a season-high of 44 two weeks ago on the road at Kent State.

Freshman Jarret Doege, who’s started the last week games, has completed over 66 percent of his passes for 855 yards and six touchdowns. Bowling Green’s rushing attack is controlled by freshman Andrew Clair and senior Josh Cleveland, who’ve combined for 1,246 yards and seven touchdowns.

On the other side of the ball, however, Bowling Green ranks last in the MAC in total defense, allowing over 500 total yards a game.

When Toledo Has The Ball

The Rockets no question have the most productive offensive unit in the conference.

After scoring 20 points against the Bobcats, coach Jason Candle’s squad ranks near the top 10 nationally in total offense with 497.6 yards per game. Toledo also leads the MAC in passing offense at 294 yards a game.

For senior quarterback Logan Woodside, who was recently named a candidate to be one of the finalists for the Heisman Trophy, has completed 64.8 percent of his passes for 2,919 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Woodside is also in contention for the Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien Award and Manning Award. His three interceptions thrown so far are the third lowest among all starting quarterbacks in the country.

Prediction

The MAC West is still Toledo’s to lose.

Despite having the same conference record with Northern Illinois, the Rockets own the tiebreaker with two games remaining, as they’ll finish out the regular-season at home against Western Michigan.

U-T controls its destiny in getting back to the MAC Championship in Detroit for the first time since 2004 and a win over the Falcons would simplify things.

Even with how much this rivalry means to Bowling Green, the program is outmatched to garner a realistic chance, regardless if Wednesday is a home game.

Toledo picks itself back up from last week’s fallout with ease.

Game Information

Where: Doyt Perry Stadium

When: 8 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 15

TV/Streaming: ESPNU

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