Ohio vs. Toledo - 11/8/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ohio vs. Toledo - 11/8/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Toledo Rockets (8-1) at Ohio Bobcats (7-2)

College Football: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Peden Stadium)

The Line: Ohio Bobcats +6 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Toledo Rockets will travel to Peden Stadium to take on the Ohio Bobcats this Wednesday night in College Football action.

The Toledo Rockets improved to 8-1 (5-0 MAC) on the season after defeating the Nothern Illinois Huskies 27-17, this past Thursday. Toledo scored 14 unanswered points in the 3rd quarter to take a 24-14 lead and was outstanding on the defensive end in the 4th to hold on for the victory. The Rockets outgained the Cardinals by a 527-430 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin. Leading the way for Toledo was RB Terry Swanson who carried the ball 29 times for 116 yards and 3 TD's. On the season, the Rockets are averaging 39.0 ppg on 517.8 total yards per game (297.4 passing yds/g; 220.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Toledo is led by QB Logan Woodside who has completed 64.3% of his passes on the season for 19 TD and 2 INT while averaging 295.1 passing yds/g. The main receiving threats for Woodside and the Rockets have been Cody Thompson (5.6 rec/g, 107.4 yds/g, 4 TD), Diontae Johnson (5.1 rec/g, 95.4 yds/g, 8 TD) and Jon'Vea Johnson (2.7 rec/g, 39.3 yds/g, 3 TD). Toledo’s backfield is led by Terry Swanson (20.0 att/g, 105.5 yds/g, 11 TD) and Art Thompkins (9.4 att/g, 51.8 yds/g, TD), and Shakif Seymour (7.9 att/g, 51.9 yds/g, 6 TD). Defensively, Toldeo is holding their opponents to an average of 24.4 ppg on 370.9 total yds per game (206.4 passing yds/g; 164.4 rushing yds/g). The Rockets have forced 12 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +5.

The Ohio Bobcats won their 3rd straight game and improved to 7-2 (4-1 MAC-East) on the season after defeating the Miami (OH) RedHawks 45-28, last Tuesday. Ohio went into halftime with a 28-21 lead and used a strong defensive 2nd half to help pull away from the RedHawks. Ohio was outgained by Miami by a 448-443 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin. Leading the way for the Bobcats was QB Nathan Rourke who completed 21-33 passes for 294 yards with 3 TD and 2 INT while also rushing for 3 TD on the ground. On the season, Ohio is averaging 41.2 ppg on 424.4 total yards per game (191.6 passing yds/g; 232.9 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Ohio has been led by QB Nathan Rourke who has completed 57.0% of his passes for 13 TD and 3 INT while averaging 167.1 passing yds/g. Rourke has also gotten it done with his legs as has 16 rushing TD’s on the season while averaging 61.4 rushing yds/ g. Also in the backfield for Ohio is RB A.J. Ouellette who had 6 TD’s on the season while averaging 91.9 yds/g on 15.6 att/g. The leading receivers for Rourke and the Bobcats have been WR Brendan Cope (3.9 rec/g, 54.5 yds/g, 3 TD), Andrew Meyer (3.1 rec/g, 45.1 yds/g, 2 TD), and Cameron Odom (2.0 rec/g, 24.8 yds/g, 2 TD). Defensively, Ohio is holding their opponents to an average of 25.7 ppg on 374.3 total yards per game (251.3 passing yds/g; 123.0 rushing yds/g). The Bobcats have forced opponents into committing 15 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of 2.

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The Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 road games. The Bobcats are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.

This should be an exciting game on Wednesday as both Toledo and Ohio are two of the better teams in the MAC conference. Toledo has been excellent this season as although their offense gets a lot of the credit as they have playmakers at the all the major positions, the Rockets defense has been excellent since conference play has started, holding MAC opponents to just an average of 16.0 ppg. Ohio has a great duel-threat QB Nathan Rourke, however, as shown in the 1st half against Miami (OH), their defense can at times struggled stopping the ball. Toledo’s on loss this season came on the road against Miami, in a game that they were actually winning at halftime, and as I think the Rockets are just a better team on both sides of the ball, I think they’ll do enough on the road to win this one by at least a TD. Take Toledo to cover.  

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Brett’s Pick Toledo Rockets -6

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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