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UTAH STATE vs. TOLEDO
Saturday, Dec. 15, 4:30 pm
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl features the Toledo Rockets and Utah State Aggies squaring off. Toledo began the 2012 campaign blistering hot at 8-1 with a season opening loss to Arizona marring perfection. However, just when the Rockets were looking like the team to beat in the MAC West, back to back defeats to Northern Illinois and Ball State left Toledo in the third spot of the division. When this team is clicking the points flow with the offense with equally strong running and passing attacks. For the offense to be effective, quarterback Terrance Owens has to make throws and limit mistakes. Owens has a pair of quality receivers to lean on. The ground game is Doug Fluellen. The defense gave up over 27 points including 295 yards in the air but actually kept the scoreboard manageable despite giving up 463 yards per contest.
Utah State had showed positive signs the past few years but really burst on to the scene in 2012. The Aggies are literally a few plays from being unbeaten with a two point loss to Wisconsin and a three point defeat to Brigham Young. What makes this team so dangerous is they can score and defend with just about anyone. The success of this offense has been the emergence of Chuckie Keaton. Kerwynn Williams and Matt Austin were almost interchangable receivers but Keaton had a bunch of receivers with at least 23 receptions.
For me this game boils down to defense because both teams can score but Utah State has the ability to to more stops than Toledo. I still hate laying the big number but I like teams that can get it done on the defensive side of the football. I see Utah State winning easily in this game by more than 3 touchdowns. Once again I will update this matchup closer to kickoff with any changes, write up, thoughts and final determination.