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How and what to watch for Toledo vs. Eastern Michigan

Toledo is coming off one of the most shocking losses of the season. Can the Rockets get past that against Eastern Michigan?

Toledo Rockets mascot Rocky the Rocket celebrates the win over the Colorado State Rams at Sonny Lubrick Field at Canvas Stadium. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Toledo Rockets are coming off the most heartbreaking loss you’ll see in this college football season, so we’ll see how they respond on Wednesday night when they head on the road for some MACtion against the Eastern Michigan Eagles.

Toledo comes in with a 1-1 record, blowing out Bowling Green in Week 1 but allowing two touchdowns to Western Michigan in the final 45 seconds to lose last weekend. Yikes. This should be a very telling game for this Rockets program. Will they be eager to get out there after such a devastating loss, or are they still in shock sulking in disappointment. To be honest, I’d probably go the sulking route, but that’s why I wouldn’t make it in college football. Yep, that’s the only reason.

Eastern Michigan lost twice in one-score games to Kent State and Ball State to begin this season with an 0-2 record. Preston Hutchinson did it all for the Eastern Michigan offense last weekend against Ball State as he was part of all four touchdowns for the Eagles. Hutchinson completed 17 of 29 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 104 yards on 17 carries with three scores on the ground.

Toledo won 12 of the last 13 games of this matchup including a 37-34 home win in 2019.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Toledo vs. Eastern Michigan on Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network, or you can stream it via the CBS Sports app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Toledo (-6.5) vs. Eastern Michigan
Point Total: 60
Money line: Toledo (-235) vs. Ball State (+185)

  • Toledo did not cover in any of its last seven road games and went 1-6 straight up in that span.
  • The point total went over in six of Eastern Michigan’s last eight games, though the unders cashed in 14 of its last 19 games at home.

Betting splits

Toledo: (82% of handle, 78% percent of bets)
Eastern Michigan: (18% of handle, 22% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

Eastern Michigan started its season with a pair of road games but will play at home for the first time in 2020. The Eagles were so close to winning both of their first two games and were winning or tied in the fourth quarter of both. Toledo has to be kicking itself for somehow losing last week’s game against Western Michigan. Let’s take the home dogs to cover this spread at less than a touchdown.

Pick: Eastern Michigan +6.5

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