Colorado Buffaloes at Toledo Rockets Preview and Pick

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Colorado Buffaloes at Toledo Rockets
Friday September 11th 9:00PM Eastern betting line – Colorado -4

The Toledo Rockets will host the Colorado Buffaloes at the home of the Glass Bowl featuring college football’s only game this Friday night. Toledo and Colorado are both attempting to rebound from opening week losses. The Rockets were blasted by Purdue 52-31 in a high scoring affair. On the other hand, Colorado entered their opening match-up with Colorado State as a near two touchdown favorites before surrendering a 23-17 upset. The Buffaloes look to get things headed back in the right direction this week and will enter as favorites for the 2nd straight game. Colorado had hopes of joining the rest of the Big 12 in terms of offensive production this season, but managed just 17 points in their first showing. The Buffaloes could be in for another solid test by a solid defense from Toledo this weekend and must find some ways to post some points on the scoreboard to prevent dropping to 0-2.

Toledo is led by senior Aaron Opelt behind center. Opelt had mediocre season last year throwing just 2,676 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 7 picks. However, the veteran quarterback got the Rockets offense sparkling in their battle with Purdue. Opelt threw for 423 yards and 3 touchdowns in the opener. Opelt threw for an unheard of 67 passing attempts and perhaps even more surprising completed 41 of those passes. Wide out Stephen Williams and Eric Page both racked up over 100 yards of receiving combining for 3 touchdowns. Williams is the big playmakers, but the emergence of another threat in the passing game could really help the offense.

The Rockets defense was expected to play a big factor in helping rack up a few more wins this season. Toledo returned 10 starters on the defensive side of the ball that played pretty decent in the MAC last year. However, the defense gave up over 500 yards of total offense to the Boilermakers. The Rockets may have nearly matched that total with their offense posting 493 yards of total offense, but their defense must play better if they are to score their first victory this Friday night.

Colorado had a lot of troubles on both sides of the ball in 2008 which led to a dismal 5-7 record that included 7 losses in the last 9 games of the year. The Buffaloes failed to deliver any offense in their loss to Colorado State. Colorado did mange 222 yards through the air, but that was overshadowed by just 29 yards of rushing on the night. The offensive line troubles from 2008 continued and QB Cody Hawkins was brought down 4 times. The Buffaloes must establish some success through the air because it is quite apparent the offensive line can not get the job done or at least become fairly functionable overnight. Hawkins has a fairly good arm, but needs to get help from WR Riar Geer and make some big plays.

The Buffaloes defense has had their share of struggles as well. The Colorado defensive front is not nearly as bad as the offensive line, but still they may be far from good. The Buffaloes however can get by this weekend if they can just get stellar play from the secondary. After all, they will see a heavy dosage of passing considering Opelt through 67 passes last week. If Colorado can play solid defense with its back four, then they should be alright. However, if the secondary does not show up it will be a long night.

Pick – Colorado can not move the ball on the ground, and may not have the firepower to keep up with the air attack from Opelt and company. Expect Toledo to pull away in this one. Take Toledo +4

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