Miami vs Toledo : Reigning Mid-American Conference champions, the Toledo Rockets, don’t appear to be much different from the 2017 version UM fans watched last year — at least on paper. The Hurricanes ultimately pulled out a 52-30 win over a resilient Rockets squad. With Miami well aware of Toledo’s offensive capabilities, the rematch could pose the ultimate game of chess between Toledo’s HC Jason Candle and Miami’s HC Mark Richt. Will those Rockets continue to be a thorn in the side of the Canes or does UM have a better idea of Candle’s modus operandi
How to watch Miami vs Toledo
Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Glass Bowl, Toledo, OH
Miami (1-1) vs. Toledo (1-0) Game Preview
One Reason Why Miami Will Win
The defense hasn’t been a problem.
The offense might have blown up on Savannah State, but all offenses blow up on Savannah State. It sputtered against LSU, and after the way last year ended, it still has to prove itself.
The defense, though, has continued to be a killer.
Lost in the loss to LSU was how the D held the Tiger ground game in check, and for all of the love given to QB Joe Burrow, he only completed 46% of his throws for 140 yards.
The defense has the pass rush, it continues to have the elite ability to get into the backfield, and it continues its swarming ways under defensive coordinator Manny Diaz.
One Reason Why Toledo Will Win
Toledo had a scrimmage against VMI, and then it got two weeks to prepare for the Hurricanes. The team should be ready, and the passing game is more than ready to go.
The Rockets have the receivers. Diontae Johnson and Cody Thompson are as good as any twosome the Hurricanes will face all year, and Jon’Vea Johnson cranked up three catches for 80 yards and a score in the opener.
Can Mitchell Guadagni handle the pressure from the Canes? If he gets time to work, the big plays and the deep throws will be there.
And then there’s the question about the Hurricane offense and if it can keep up. Malik Rosier only completed 15-of-35 throws against LSU, and while this is a step down in competition, he and the Miami attack has to prove once again it can explode against a decent opponent.
Prediction & Line
Miami 40, Toledo 27
Line: Miami -10, o/u: 57
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2