Ohio Bobcats (5-3) at Toledo Rockets (6-1)
|Date & Time||Thursday October 27, 2016, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toledo Rockets -18.5 -- Over/Under:
The Ohio Bobcats face a tall task in slowing down the Toledo Rockets in week nine college football.
The Ohio Bobcats have played some ugly college football in 2016 and when I say that I mean they win by grinding things out without flash. That’s what the Bobcats did in a 14-10 victory at Kent State. Ohio leaned hard on their defense with a 345-254 yardage advantage and three very painful turnovers. Bobcats quarterback Quinton Maxwell completed 11-19 for 127 yards and an interception in a very short passing attack. Sebastian Smith led the Ohio receiving corps with four receptions for 58 yards but the strength of this offense was on the ground with Dorian Brown totaling 110 yards and a score on 12 carries while Maleek Irons added 83 yards and a touchdown on 13 touches.
The Toledo Rockets are one of the best college football teams in the MAC but they not been the dominant squad most have expected. The Rockets eventually took care of business in a 31-17 victory versus visiting Central Michigan but this was only a 3-0 contest heading to the locker room. Toledo outgained CMU 410-344 and forced a pair of turnovers while going mistake free themselves. Rockets quarterback Logan Woodside was spectacular, connecting on 23-32 for 264 yards and four touchdowns with Cody Thompson hauling in seven passes for 122 yards and all four scores. Kareem Hunt led the Rockets with 87 yards on 20 touches with Terry Swanson adding 47 yards but rushing the ball wasn’t anything more then average.
The under is 7-0 in Ohio last 7 games overall and the under is 5-0 in Ohio last 5 conference games while Ohio are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games. Toledo are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games and the under is 8-0 in Toledo last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record while Toledo are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game. The home team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
I’m not betting Toledo because they have not been covering and I’m not betting Ohio because I don’t think they are good but I will make a pick…