Week Eight of college football continues as Toledo travels to Scheumann Stadium to take on Ball State on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2:00 P.M. This will be the 45th meeting between these two teams. The last meeting occurred last season when the Rockets beat the Cardinals at home by a score of 45-13.
Toledo Looks To Continue Its Dominance Over Ball StateSo far this season, the Toledo Rockets have been a bit underwhelming up to this point. After entering the season with hopes of competing for a conference title, Toledo is just 1-1 in conference play after losing outright to Bowling Green last week despite being favored by about four touchdowns. Now, Toledo's hopes of reaching the MAC title game are in jeopardy. However, Toledo now gets to face an opponent that it has dominated in recent years. Specifically, Toledo has won five straight meetings against Ball State with each win coming by at least 11 points. Now, Toledo will look to potentially save its season by extending that winning streak against Ball State on Saturday.
Leading the Rockets offensively will be senior quarterback Mitchell Guadagni who has been consistent so far this season. Specifically, he has 1,099 passing yards along with eight passing touchdowns and just two interceptions. In addition, he also has 332 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. However, Guadagni had to leave last week's game early with an injury and he is currently being listed as questionable to play in this game. If he is unable to play, either Eli Peters or Carter Bradley will take his place.
Toledo who was favored by 27.5 today over Bowling Green.— Barstool Bets (@barstoolbets) October 12, 2019
Bowling Green (+1400) wins it outright 20-7.
Toledo's biggest threat on defense is sophomore safety Saeed Holt who has been extremely physical through the first six games of the season. Specifically, he has a team-high 3.5 sacks. In addition, he is also leading the Rockets in both solo tackles and total tackles. Last season, Holt only had one tackle against Ball State so he will look to play a lot better in his second career matchup against the Cardinals.
Ball State Looks To Stay Undefeated In Conference PlayBall State has been okay up to this point in time. Specifically, the Cardinals are just 3-3 overall after starting the season with a 1-3 record. However, it has managed to win its first two conference games so it is actually in first place in MAC West Division. Ball State was not expected to compete for a conference title when the season started but times have changed and it will look to remain undefeated in conference play with a victory on Saturday. However, it did face two below-average MAC teams in Northern Illinois and Eastern Michigan so Toledo will be a step up in competition. Hopefully, for the Cardinals, they will be up to the challenge.
Leading the Cardinals offensively will be junior quarterback Drew Plittwho has been great so far this season. Specifically, he has 1,662 passing yards along with 13 passing touchdowns. However, he has thrown five interceptions while also being sacked 15 times so he has to make quicker decisions in the pocket moving forward. Although some of those turnovers are due to Ball State's below-average offensive line, Plitt has no choice but to adapt.
Ball State's biggest threat on defense is junior defensive lineman James Jennette III who has been decent through the first six games of the season. Specifically, he has a team-high 2.5 sacks along with 25 total tackles. However, he has gotten very little help from his teammates this season when it comes to pass rushing as there is only one other player with more than one sack on the entire roster. If Ball State plans on winning this game, someone else needs to step up and pressure the quarterback.
- Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss.
- Rockets are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game.
- Cardinals are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Cardinals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.