Toledo is starting a new era – sort of – with a new head coach, while Arkansas State is looking to get a nice home win to kick things off. Check out the Toledo vs. Arkansas State fearless prediction and game preview.
Toledo vs. Arkansas State Game Preview
Date: Friday, September 2nd
Game Time: 9:00 pm
Venue: Centennial Bank Stadium, Jonesboro, AR
Why Toledo Will Win
Can Arkansas State handle the Rocket running game?
The Red Wolves are loaded with veterans on D, but it’s about to get hit hard by an offensive front that should be among the best in the MAC paving the way for a few of the nation’s most productive backs.
The combination of Kareem Hunt and Terry Swanson should be able to pound away for new full-time head coach Jason Candle, creating manageable third down situations time and again for the ultra-effective offense.
This isn’t going to be a hard formula. Use the line with four returning starters, don’t turn the ball over, and take the crowd out of the equation with long, sustained drives. The Rockets are built to do that as well as anyone in the MAC.
Why Arkansas State Will Win
Oh yeah, the Toledo defense.
It’s not going to be a major problem, but the Rocket secondary is the weak link in the chain after getting picked apart way too often and easily. The pass rush will bother the ASU backfield, but not enough to overcome a decent passing game that should be able to dink and dunk its way to decent drives.
Former Pitt quarterback Chad Voytik beat out former Oklahoma quarterback Justice Hansen for the job, and he should be exactly what the Red Wolves need to balance out an already strong ground attack. However, Hansen will see time, too – Toledo has to prepare for a variety of looks. Neither quarterback will be fazed by the nationally televised spotlight.
What’s Going To Happen?
For those excited about a rematch of the 2015 GoDaddy Bowl, here you go.
The Arkansas State pass rush and the tremendous defensive front will be the difference.
Toledo is the better overall team, and it has the type of running game able to take over, but Voytik will be terrific and ASU will do what its neighbor, Arkansas, couldn’t get done last season and beat the Rockets.
It’ll be worth staying up late on a Friday night with both teams battling it out on a good, hard-fought thriller that’ll go the full four quarters.
Toledo vs. Arkansas State Prediction
Final Score: Arkansas State 31, Toledo 27
Line: Arkansas State -3.5, o/u: 64.5
ATS Confidence: 5: Lock of the Century – 1: Move Along … 1
Must See Rating: 5: Any Ryan Lochte interview – 1: Bridget Jones’s Baby … 3