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Eastern Michigan Eagles at Toledo Rockets: Betting Guide

The visiting Eastern Michigan Eagles and Toledo Rockets try to stay in a tie for second place in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference when they square off on Tuesday night.

The two teams are part of a five-way tie for second in the division currently, two games behind first-place Northern Illinois. The winner of this one stays in second while the loser falls into last and out of division title contention. There’s a lot at stake, and we’ll look at the college football odds for this key contest to help you bet online on the game.

Eastern Michigan Toledo
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  • Game: Eastern Michigan Eagles (5-3, 2-2) at Toledo Rockets (4-4, 2-2)
  • Location: Glass Bowl
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Television: ESPN2

Betting Lines

Team Point Spread Moneyline Over/Under
Eastern Michigan +9 53
Toledo -9 53

Head-to-Head

Toledo has dominated this longtime rivalry, winning 27 of the 36 all-time matchups. The Rockets have won the last two and 13 of the last 14, including a 45-28 victory on the road last season.

The Eagles have won just twice in 18 trips to Toledo (1987, 1999), dropping its last 10 games played in the Rockets’ home stadium. Last season’s game was a 17-point margin, but the previous three encounters were decided by one score.

Eastern Michigan Eagles

Next game: vs. Ohio

Last Game

After falling behind 10-7 in the first quarter, the Eagles came roaring back, outscoring host Bowling Green 48-14 the rest of the way to cruise to a 55-24 victory. Quarterback Ben Bryant led the way, completing 20 of 26 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns.

Even when Bryant stepped to the sideline, the Eagles kept flying with four different players catching touchdown passes from three QBs in the game. Gunnar Oakes had four catches for 79 yards and a score while Dylan Drummond had six receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown.

Eastern Michigan improved to 3-5 against the spread this season, including wins in three of its last five games. It was the first road win ATS for the Eagles, who are 1-3 as the visitor.

Injury Report

Injuries don’t seem to be a problem for the Eagles for Tuesday’s matchup.

Toledo Rockets

Next game: at Bowling Green

Last Game

The Rockets snapped a two-game losing streak with a 34-15 home win over the Western Michigan Broncos in NCAA football action on Oct. 23. Toledo entered the second half trailing 15-13, but scored 21 points in just under eight minutes in the third quarter to turn things around.

Quarterback Dequan Finn completed just 8 of 24 passes for 138 yards, but two of those completions were for touchdowns. The defense came up big as well, forcing two turnovers, including a 35-yard fumble return by Zachary Ford for a touchdown during the third-quarter run.

Toledo improved to 4-4 against the spread, with its last six results reflecting its straight-up results. The Rockets are just 1-3 ATS at home, with the win over Western Michigan being the team’s first victory.

Injury Report

The Rockets are fairly healthy, with no significant injuries to report.

Betting on the Game

The story of this one could be whenever Eastern Michigan has the ball. The Eagles are averaging 32.8 points but the Rockets are allowing just 18.3 per contest. The offensive explosion in their last game against Bowling Green shows how potent the Eagles can be, but Toledo has been very strong against the pass, allowing only 180.4 yards per game.

Toledo can also put points on the board, averaging 28.5. The quarterback situation remains in flux, with Finn taking over the duties just recently. If he struggles in this one, coach Jason Candle could go back to Carter Bradley for a spark.

This one seems like it’s going to be tight, so the nine-point spread seems a little difficult for the Rockets to cover. Expect a close game when making your college football picks on this one.

As far as the over/under is concerned, 53 seems a little low. These two teams combine to average over 61 points per game, so even if they both go slightly under their averages, this game should hit the over. Since it’s a nationally televised game on a Tuesday night, expect some wild things — and plenty of scoring.

Final Score: Toledo 33, Eastern Michigan 28

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