The Colorado State Rams will travel to the Glass Bowl late Saturday afternoon as they take on the Toledo Rockets in a non-conference game. The Rams are 0-2 and are coming off a 24-21 home loss against the Vanderbilt Commodores. Senior quarterback Todd Centeio struggled in their last game as he went 20-of-38 for 238 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. The Rockets are 1-1 and are coming off a 32-29 road loss to the eighth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Sophomore quarterback Carter Bradley is coming off going 18-of-28 for 21 yards with a touchdown.
These teams are coming off tough one-possession losses and are looking to right the ship. Let’s take a deeper dive into Colorado State and Toledo to determine where we should be betting in this game.
Never the Bridesmaid, Always McBrideThe Colorado State Rams depend on the passing game to lead their offensive output and senior tight end Trey McBride leads the way. Looking at his season thus far, McBride has 21 receptions for 230 yards and a touchdown. In his last game against the Vanderbilt Commodores, he finished with eight catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. McBride is definitely the biggest target in quarterback Todd Centeio’s arsenal. If he can continue to be a huge option in the passing game, it can be a chance for the Rams to pick up their first victory of the season.
The Colorado State Rams are not a very good defensive team in the early stages of the season as they are allowing 33 points per game. In their last game against Vanderbilt, they gave up 24 points and allowed 342 total yards of total offense (238 passing, 104 rushing). They were decent at stopping the Commodores on third down as they converted on 6-of-18 third down attempts. If the Rams can figure out how to continue their defensive showing without giving up as many points, they will be in a better situation.
Maddox Stepping UpThe Toledo Rockets love to throw the ball and it seems like quarterback Carter Bradley has found his favorite weapon in sophomore wide receiver Devin Maddox. Through the first two games of the season, he has 11 receptions for 226 yards (20.5 yards per catch) with a touchdown. He did most of the damage last week against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as Maddox finished with nine catches for 135 yards. If the Rams cannot figure out how to keep the ball out of his hands, it could be a long day at the office for their secondary.
The Toledo Rockets have been doing pretty well so far on the defensive side of the football as they are allowing 21 points per game. In their last game against the eighth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish, they gave up 32 points on 449 total yards of offense (317 passing, 132 rushing). They need to get stops on third down as they allowed conversions on 8-of-14 third down attempts. The Rockets biggest sign of life is the fact that they forced three turnovers in the game (two fumble recoveries, one interception). If Toledo can figure out how to correct some of their mistakes, this game should be out of reach in the early portions.
- Toledo: 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win