Who: Toledo Rockets (9-3) vs Utah State Aggies (10-2)
Where: on the Blue Turf in Boise
When: Saturday December 15th, 4:30 PM ET
Line: Utah State by 10.5
Ross: Toledo was one of several MAC teams that had strong seasons this year -- they finished 9-3 overall, with the three losses coming by a combined 21 points. They handed Cincinnati their first loss of the season, took Arizona to overtime, and lost by just a touchdown to Orange Bowl-bound Northern Illinois. Utah State was even better -- 10-2 and their two losses were by a combined 5 points to Wisconsin and BYU. They bring a top-10 scoring defense into the game (15.4 ppg, 8th best) and an increasingly potent offense: they scored 40+ in five of their last six games. I think Utah State rolls over Toledo to cap off an impressive 11-2 campaign.
UTAH STATE 41, TOLEDO 21
Kevin: Both of these two teams have some decent wins on their resumes. Toledo beat Cincinnati and Bowling Green (8-4) and Utah State beat Utah, SJSU (10-2) and La Tech (9-3). The guy to watch when the Aggies have the ball is QB Chuckie Keeton. He completed 67% of his passes and had a 3:1 TD to INT ratio this season. He can also make you pay with his feet when he needs to (121 yards rushing and 2 rushing TDs against La Tech). The bottom line here is that this game should be fun. Utah State played in 2 overtime games this season (winning both) and Utah played in one. As Ross mentioned, the margin of defeat has been very small for these teams (Toledo's is 7 ppg and Utah State's is 2.5 ppg). I think this could go either way but I'm going to take Utah State.
UTAH STATE 35 TOLEDO 28
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