2011 Military Bowl: Toledo Rockets vs. Air Force Falcons

Toledo Rockets vs. Air Force Falcons
Wednesday, 12/28/11, 4:30 PM EST, TV:  ESPN
Opening Point Spread:  Toledo -3
Current Betting Line:  Toledo -3.5
Opening Total:  71
Current Total:  70.5
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The Toledo Rockets have one of the best offenses in the country

Toledo is set to battle Air Force in the 2011 Military Bowl inside RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.  The Rockets will be playing this contest without former head coach Tim Beckman, who has gone on to take over the program at Illinois.  “We are very pleased that Matt Campbell has agreed to become the head football coach at the University of Toledo,” commented Rockets athletic director Mike O’Brien.  It’s certainly a well-deserved honor with the team averaging 42.3 points this season during his time as offensive coordinator.  Toledo is 4-5 ATS as a favorite of 3.5 to 10 points the last two-plus years.

The Rockets have tallied back-to-back 7-1 MAC seasons for the first time in school history and set a school record with five straight games scoring 40 or more points over the final five games of the season.  Wide receiver Eric Page is an absolute star, setting school record for most receptions in a season (112) and for a career (293).  Sophomore quarterback Terrance Owens is the pilot, completing 71.4 percent of his passes, ranking sixth nationally in passing efficiency.  Six players were named to the All-MAC football team—led by page landing on the first team at three positions.

Air Force is making its first-ever trip to this exciting postseason affair, making a school-record fifth consecutive appearance in a bowl game.  The Falcons are certainly aware that they are up against it defensively on Wednesday in facing an explosive offense.  “The first thing that pops out to me is they can put up a lot of points,” stated Falcons quarterback Tim Jefferson.  The Falcons are 1-1 all-time against teams from the Mid-American Conference, with both games coming against Kent State.  Air Force is 4-1 ATS as an underdog of 3.5 to 10 points the last two-plus years.

The Falcons will look to move their record above .500 in bowl competition, posting a 10-10-1 all-time mark in their first 21 opportunities.  Air Force has won its last two bowl games, including a 14-7 win over Georgia Tech in the 2010 Independence Bowl.  Head coach Troy Calhoun has registered a solid 17-8 record against non-conference opponents, which includes a 3-2 mark in neutral site games.

Bettors will likely back the Rockets due to their 8-3 ATS mark as a favorite, while the Falcons are 2-7 ATS when playing on grass.

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