After consecutive games against Power 5 teams that resulted in big wins for the program, the Rockets are set to host Arkansas State in a matchup of two of the better Group of 5 programs in the country.
Toledo has now defeated an SEC and Big 12 opponent in consecutive weeks. That's not something that usually happens and it shows in the polls. Toledo has finally started to receive votes in the polls, and with another impressive win, could end up in the Top 25.
For Arkansas State, it started out the season 1-2, and while it seems everyone is playing Missouri close so far this season, being able to hang with the two-time defending SEC East champion is impressive any way you put it. This past week, the Red Wolves entered the win column with a 70-7 victory over Missouri State.
Quick Game Info
Game time, date: Saturday, September 26th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. EST.
Location: Glass Bowl in Toledo, OH.
TV: The game can be streamed live on ESPN3.com, or the WatchESPN App.
Radio: The game's live audio can be heard here.
Odds: Toledo is seen as a 7 point home-favorite by most oddsmakers.
Players to Watch
Kareem Hunt (RB, Toledo)
Hunt is the best running back in the MAC, and it really is not a competition. After being suspended the first two "games" (Stony Brook counted towards his suspension, even though it didn't count statistically) Hunt already has 24 carries for 129 yards in the one game he did play. Hunt is currently questionable with a hamstring injury, and the decision of him playing or sitting could determine the winner and loser of this game. If he is unable to play, look for Damion Jones-Moore to continue to step up in his place.
Jaylen Coleman (LB, Toledo)
Coleman is a key contributor for this Rockets defense, leading the team so far with 29 total tackles, including 2 TFL. If this defense is going to contain the Red Wolves spread attack, Coleman is going to need to lead the way.
Fredi Knighten (QB, Arkansas State)
Knighten missed last week's game against Missouri State, but is expected to return for the Red Wolves this week. If he is able to return at full strength, Knighten is thought of as one of the better quarterbacks in not only the Sun Belt, but the entire Group of 5.
J.D. McKissic (WR, Arkansas State)
McKissic is the do it all, Dri Archer-like weapon for the Red Wolves, and has been since he stepped on campus for the first time. McKissic had several preseason accolades, and thus far this season he has over 400 all-purpose yards. He is going to have to continue to excel in the open field for the Red Wolves to be able to keep up with this Toledo offense.