The final game on the opening docket of MAC football season is a battle between a MAC West favorite, Toledo, and the No. 4 ranked FCS New Hampshire Wildcats. Toledo returns 19 starters, but is breaking in a new quarterback (Alabama transfer Phillip Ely) and a new starting running back (sophomore Kareem Hunt).
Meanwhile, New Hampshire, though not a nationally known name, is an FCS power coming off of a 10-5 season that saw them advance to the FCS playoff semifinals. They return stud quarterback Sean Goldrich and his running back partner in crime, Nico Steriti, and eight defensive starters on a unit that forced 26 turnovers in 2013.
While this should be one of the better FCS-FBS matchups of the year, Toledo has history on its side. The rockets are 20-2 all time vs FCS foes since the split happened in the 1970s, and haven't lost to an FCS team since 1988. Toledo returns four starters on one fo the most productive offensive lines in the nation, and on defense returns the bulk of last year's talent as well, including first-team All-MAC linebacker Junior Sylvestre.
WHEN: Sat., Aug. 30, 7 p.m. ET.
WHERE: The Glass Bowl in Toledo, Ohio.
STREAMING: This game won't be on TV, but it will be streamed live via ESPN3 and WatchESPN. Wayne Randazzo and John Gregory have the call. A valid cable subscription is required to stream.
RADIO: Rockets fans can hear the game live on WSPD 1370 AM, or stream the audio live on UTRockets.com.