The Toledo Rockets (3-0) will waltz into Hard Rock Stadium to take on the #14 Miami Hurricanes (1-0) who have been off the last two weeks because of the inclement weather in Florida. The Rockets have been rolling, starting their season of with three straight wins. Their latest victory was in shootout with Tulsa 54-51. The Hurricanes hammered Bethune-Cookman 41-13 in their only game of 2017.
A Davey O’Brien Award candidate, Logan Woodside, has been phenomenal in 2017. Woodside has thrown for 1,004 yards, eight touchdowns and only one interception in Toledo’s three wins. Woodside’s lone interception of the season came against Tulsa last week. The senior quarterback has found great chemistry with senior wide receiver Cody Thompson. Thompson is fourth in the NCAA in receiving yards with 391 through three games. Miami will have to be in top form on Saturday to stop this dynamic duo.
Toledo’s defnese has been shaky, allowing 29.3 points per game so far. Even though Miami has not proven much this year by beating Bethune Cookman by 28, the Rockets will still need to bring their best efforts on the defensive end. Miami’s offense is led by quarterback Malik Rosier. This is the Alabama native’s first season as the starting quarterback, and his debut was impressive. Rosier threw for 217 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. A very efficient quarterback, with speed that is taken lightly by opponents. The Rockets will have to be ready for whatever the Hurricane offense and Rosier bring at them.
Rosier will have running back Mark Walton alongside him in the backfield on Saturday. Walton rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns in Miami’s only game of 2017, and is considered on of the best backs in the ACC. This does not bode well for the Rockets considering they gave up 423 yards on the ground last week against Tulsa.
The matchup between Walton and the Rockets starting running back, Terry Swanson, will be interesting to watch. Swanson has already found the end zone five times this season, and he will be looking to relieve some pressure off of Woodside’s arm in this contest.
There is not a whole lot of information on Miami’s defense this season. Allowing Bethune-Cookman to score 13 points does not really justify a good or bad defense. The Hurricanes defense will have to key in on stopping the air raid offense that Toledo has dominated teams with in 2017.