Both Toledo and Ohio enter the MAC Championship Game with issues under center. Ohio’s starting QB went down with a season-ending injury a couple of weeks ago, and they will be starting their second stringer. Toledo’s QB went down last weekend, and his availability for Saturday is uncertain.
Toledo Coming off Back-to-Back Losses
Toledo is struggling as much as a team heading to a conference title game can. They are losers of two games in a row and may be down their starting quarterback.
While the Rockets’ straight-up record is shaky of late, their record against the spread has been bad for over a month. In fact, Toledo hasn’t covered a spread since Oct. 15 at home against Kent State. Toledo is 1-3 ATS coming off a loss and 4-7 (36.4%) as betting favorites.
Despite this and the injury to starting QB Dequan Finn, Toledo enters as slight betting favorites at -1.5 on the spread.
Where Toledo shines, however, is on defense. With a top-10 squad, they will make life tough for the Bobcats’ backup QB. The defense is susceptible to big plays, but Ohio’s passing threat is on the bench with a knee injury.
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Ohio is Down to Backup QB
The big news out of Ohio last week was the loss of star quarterback Kurtis Rourke after a season-ending knee injury. Rourke ranked 16th in the league in yards when he went down. In his place, backup QB CJ Harris stepped up with 196 yards and a touchdown. However, he did most of his damage on the ground with 65 yards and three touchdowns.
There wasn’t much work for the offense to do, considering how Ohio’s defense dominated their season final against
The combination of the Bobcats’ defense, and Rourke under center, led this team to the fourth0 best ATS record in the nation. Ohio bettors are up 5.70 units with a stellar ROI of 43.18%. The Bobcats have covered eight straight weeks by an average margin of 16.2 points. Ohio hasn’t even come close to not covering during that streak. They covered by double digits in four straight games and six of their last seven.
While the loss of Rourke will not help the Bobcats moving forward, Harris proved to us that he is capable of leading this team. He may not be near the level passer that Rourke is, but let’s be honest, few are. What Harris does have is a lot of speed and the ability to put his legs to good use.
We expect a heavy dose of Harris, Sieh Bangura, and Nolan McCormick out of the backfield in this game.
Toledo vs Ohio Game Injuries
Toledo vs Ohio Game Information
- Game: Toledo vs Ohio
- Location: Ford Field, Detroit, MI
- Day/Time: Saturday, Dec. 3, 12 p.m. ET
- Toledo vs Ohio Live Stream: ESPN
Toledo vs Ohio Betting Lines
Toledo vs Ohio Picks & Prediction
With backup quarterbacks and one top-10 defense, this game could be a snoozefest in the scoring department.
The UNDER is 1-3 in the Rockets’ last four games and 4-2 in the Bobcats’ final six.
The Toledo Rockets are listed at -125 in our Vegas NCAAF lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Toledo, you have a chance to win $80. The Ohio Bobcats are +105, offering a chance to win $105 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Toledo a 55.56% chance to win, with Ohio at 48.78%.