Sept. 1, 2012; Tucson, AZ, USA; Toledo Rockets quarterback Austin Dantin (4) throws during the second half against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium. The Wildcats beats the Rockets 24-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE
This is the story of two teams from non-major conferences that went on the road in week one looking for an upset over their bigger and richer foe. Unfortunately both teams came away empty handed despite some bright points. It is a story that we are all too familar with. Now these teams meet in week two looking for the first win of 2012. In a perfect world Mountain West and MAC schools could all go undefeated in their non-conferences games and stick it to the BCS and the system that is agains them.
After Saturday one team will feel optimistic with a 1-1 record while the other will be looking at a 0-2 hole. The Wyoming Cowboys and Toledo Rockets are squaring off in Laramie and you can check out the action at War Memorial or a radio near you. This contest between two highpowered spread offenses will not be televised, so I suggest dusting off your collection of "action figures" and reanacting the plays as you listen to the game. Bobbleheads will also work. Make sure you join us in the game thread as well on Saturday.
The Rockets may be jetlegged after back to back western road trips. However if the Cowboys are still worrying about their loss to Texas, then there could be trouble. We take a closer look at the Rockets after the jump.
The site Let's Go Rockets asked me three questions about the Cowboys. Check out my answers.
4. The defense gave up 624 yards to Arizona. How was Toledo able to keep that game so close? Is the defense that terrible?
Prediction: Wyoming 31, Toledo 30 (OT). Always bet on UT overtime. It's like rock in RPS. Nothing beats rock.
Here are the answers from Matt Culbreath.
1. Toledo had a bunch of changes happen in the off season. Tell us about the new coaches and what key players left.
Yes, the team has a new coach, but it's all the same system. Matt Campbell was the offensive coordinator under Tim Beckman for the past 3 years, and when Beck left for Illinois, and in his introductory press conference, Beckman very explicitly mentioned Campbell as one of the guys he wanted to bring to Champagne. He's not the only one who wanted him in their system: your very own Dave Christensen mentioned how he tried to woo Campbell over when he first got to Wyoming. Toledo moved quickly to keep the young guy in the Glass City, not just because he's a Wunderkind; the players flat out love the guy. I'm not expecting any player to say "Nah, I'm not too thrilled with that guy as coach," but ask any returning player, from the QBs, the receivers, the rushers, and even the guys on D, and they get a big smile when they talk about Coach Campbell.
I'll also throw in a prediction: Toledo 27, Wyoming 24. Game ball to Jeremiah Detmer, Placekicker Savant.
THANKS TO BOTH MATT AND MATT FOR HELPING ME OUT. AND HAVING A GREAT NAME.