Sept. 1, 2012; Tucson, AZ, USA; Toledo Rockets head coach Matt Campbell (center) speaks with his players during a time out in the first half against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE
With one game under every team's belt, we can help get an idea of how things may play out for the Pokes for the rest of 2012. 11 games remaining and certainly some interesting story lines. We covered all the conference games in our Mountain West Monday post yesterday. We'll focus on the non-conference games in this story.
Overall the remaining opponents went 6-5.
If you stayed up late on Saturday night then you witnessed Toledo try and knock off Arizona. The game ended up in overtime and the Wildcats gave Rich Rod a 24-17 victory in his debut in the desert. The historically powerful Toledo offense only managed 358 yards. Meanwhile the defense gave up an incredible 624 yards. This contest was very close in the scoring but really Arizona did everything possible to give the game to the Rockets. Arizona had three turnovers, missed two short field goals and had two touchdowns called back on penalties. This very well could have been an easy 20 point victory.
If the Toledo defense allows that many yards to the Cowboys then Brett Smith could have a field day. I think this could be a trap game for either team as both Wyoming and Toledo are coming off road trip against Non AQ schools. Wyoming a 2 point favorite heading into the game.
The Mustangs are coming off a 6-5 finish in 2011. In week one they beat up the San Diego Toreros 41-14. Senior quarterback Andre Broadus had a big game by throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for two more. He only had a total of 248 yards combined. Deonte Williams ran 21 times for 109 yards. So you can certainly expect plenty of rushes from the Mustang and the added dual threat of Broadus. He has shown that he can sling the ball if needed. The team will also be very rested when the head to Laramie. Cal Poly enjoys a bye week this Satuday and so they will have two weeks to prepare for the Cowboys.
It is easy to say that the Vandals got off to a rough start in week one. They started the season on Thursday night and hosted their FCS neighbor Eastern Washington. The Eagles are led by former SMU QB Kyle Padron but this one was still ugly. Idaho only managed 237 yards of offense in the 20-3 beatdown and they were never in this game. The one ray of hope may be that fact that starting quarterback Dominique Blackman missed the game due to violating a team rule. Perhaps he can provide some type of spark that Logan Bushnell wasn't able to. Blackman is a transfer from Old Dominion, we'll have to see what he can do.
The Vandals take back to back roadtrips to Bowling Green and then (gulp) LSU. They may just forfeit the reason of the season after facing the Tigers. The rest of the WAC looked pretty good in week one. The soon to be independent Vandals will need to improve a ton if they are looking to a conference home for football.