Toledo Rockets (1-0) at Nevada Wolf Pack (0-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Mackay Stadium)
The Line: Nevada Wolf Pack +9 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Toledo Rockets go on the road to face the Nevada Wolf Pack in week two college football.
The Toledo Rockets will be shooting for a 2-0 start to 2017 after knocking off FCS foe the Elon Phoenix 47-13. The game wasn’t all that close with the Rockets logging a 553-175 advantage in total yards which makes us wonder how the margin of victory wasn’t larger. The Rockets were potent throwing the ball with Logan Woodside connecting on 19-31 for 314 yards with Cody Thompson and Diontae Johnson doing most of the damage among the receiving corps with a combined nine catches for 214 yards with Johnson posting a 69 yard reception. Toledo dominated the trenches on the ground with Shakif Seymour totaling 102 yards on eleven totes including a touchdown while Art Thompkins ran 15 times for 99 yards. The Rockets special teams found their way in to the stat book with Johnson returning the second half kickoff 99 yards for a score. Toledo wanted to win and get out of this game healthy and both goals were met.
The Nevada Wolf Pack are hoping for some home field magic when the high powered Toledo Rockets pay a visit on Saturday in week two action. The Wolf Pack hope to rebound from an opening week 31-20 loss at Northwestern where they led 17-7 heading to intermission as a 24 point underdog. Unfortunately for Nevada the Wildcats woke up in the second half and piled up a 508-341 yardage edge with 27 first downs and 39 minutes of possession. Nevada had their moments but could not generate a consistent air attack with Ty Gangi connecting on 16-37 for 199 yards with a pair of touchdowns and an interception. McLane Mannix caught a pair of passes for 76 yards including a 41 yarder for six while Wyatt Demps logged five receptions for 51 yards with an eleven yard TD to lead the Nevada receiving corps. The Wolf Pack rushing attack saw Jaxson Kincaide log 86 yards on 15 carries while Kelton Moore chipped in with 40 yards on just five totes. A more efficient air game from Nevada could have made this closer then the final.
Toledo are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games and the under is 5-1-1 in Toledo last 7 games overall while Toledo are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 road games. The under is 4-1 in Toledo last 5 games in September and the over is 4-1 in Nevada last 5 games overall while the over is 4-1 in Nevada last 5 home games.
I think this is a game of potential. The Wolf Pack had a nice lead and momentum at Northwestern and it slipped away while Toledo went through the motions in their opener. I’ll back the Rockets who should get the job done if focused…