#13 Eastern Michigan
#10 Ball State
#09 Western Michigan
#07 Bowling Green
#06 Central Michigan
2010 MAC Pass Defense
From what we’ve heard, the Rocket defense will be improved this season. Obviously, there were facets of the defense where the Rockets were lacking. Whether the deficiency was personnel or play-calling or fundamentals (or all three), there were clearly areas that needed improvement to make Toledo competitive. Word from the staff is that they focused the bulk of their attention this off-season in fixing the defense and allowing changes to be made to facilitate their improvement. Will they be the top rated defense in the conference ? No. Will they be last? No. The defense should be much stronger than what was witnessed last year and as they solidify it will take some pressure off the offense to keep us in games and allow the offense some support and breathing room. We see no reason for Toledo to not be the the most improved (overall) team in the MAC this year. -- LetsGoRockets
But even if the offense clicks, their woes on defense and a brutal schedule point to another restful december for Toledo:Losing 2 NFL caliber players and a seasoned QB will be a challenge for the Rockets. Church was a defensive leader and made key plays down the stretch (See NIU game) Not having a QB who has seen very much actual play-time will also be a tough obstacle to overcome, but we feel Dantin will gain confidence from the move to starter (rather than injury relief last year) and the more games he plays, the more the offense should click. We’re fortunate to have a stable of talented WRs to help fill the gap left by Williams and give Dantin capable targets. -- LetsGoRockets
|Fri, Sept 3||Arizona|
|Sat, Sept 11||@ Ohio|
|Sat, Sept 18||@ Western Michigan|
|Sat, Sept 25||@ Purdue|
|Sat, Oct 2||Wyoming|
|Sat, Oct 9||@ Boise State|
|Sat, Oct 16||Kent State|
|Sat, Oct 23||Ball State|
|Sat, Oct 30||@ Eastern Michigan|
|Tue, Nov 9||@ Northern Illinois|
|Wed, Nov 17||Bowling Green|
|Fri, Nov 26||Central Michigan|
There is no give me game on their out of conference schedule, the closest thing to that would be when Wyoming invades the glass Bowl. Purdue is another game that the Rockets may have a shot at but make no mistake Toledo going 2-2 out of conference would be a huge victory for the program.
A strong showing in our OOC schedule would be a confidence booster for the team. Purdue, in particular, has beaten the Rockets pretty bad the last few seasons and an early statement would bolster our chances of doing well in the bulk of our conference schedule. Nabbing a quick win against Arizona to start the season would certainly get things started on the right foot. -- LetsGoRocketsTheir is not a lot of love for Toledo coming from the MAC front office in regards to division cross over games, Ohio and Kent are probably two of the top three teams in the East and they draw Ohio in Athens. They catch a break getting Bowling Green, and Central Michigan at home but drawing them so late in the season gives those squads 10 plus games to fine tune their retooling offenses.
Of course, the Toledo / BGSU rivalry is on every Toledo fan’s radar every season. But, the reality is that no one game can be overlooked and in the current landscape of college football, every game is a must win game. -- LGRIf Toledo is going to compete for the MAC West Archie Donald is going to have to carry a ton of the pressure on defense. Last season he had more than one hundred tackles
|Fum Rec||Yds||TD||Tkl Ass.||Tkl Solo||TFL Ass||TFL Solo||Loss||Sacks Ass||Solo||Yards|
|at Ball St.||0||0||0||8||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|at Miami (OH)||1||4||0||5||5||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|at Central Mich.||0||0||0||2||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|at Bowling Green||0||0||0||7||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Donald is about the only sure thing on Toledo's defense, the unit had serious problems on the line last season and much of that sat with the defensive line. seniors Douglas Westbrook and Alex Johnson will join Sophomore T.J. Fatinikun, who played well as a true freshman last fall, is also going to be one of Coack Beckmans key linemen. Juniors Tackles Johnathan Lamb and Malcolm Riley sit atop a pile of potential contributors like Phil Lewis, Johnnie Roberts, Danny Roberts and Ben Pike. Toledo needs some mix of these players to create a pass rush otherwise their secondary won't be any more effective than last season.
Toledo is getting picked by many to finish second in the west, and by quite a few to win the west. Neither prediction is completely off base, but then again neither is another 5-7 season. Like any true fans the writers at LGR want to see a breakout season but concede that there is some room between their best case scenario and where they end up
In our approximation, finishing the season 8-4 would send a message to the rest of the MAC about Toledo’s return to success. Unfortunately, we fear those numbers might be unrealistic. A winning season would show that the transition back to winning is well underway and we’re turning this around. Toledo has difficult OOC games on the schedule this year and that won’t help matters any. A dismal situation would be another losing season, especially if there is no extraneous circumstance, like the plethora of injuries that hit the team last year (see UT’s 2009 QB situation). If we remain, for the most part, intact and still produce a 5-7 season - it will be evidence that more changes have to take place in Toledo. -- LGRBest case scenario sees the Rockets get their pass rush on, stay healthy, and catch Purdue napping they split the Kent and Ohio games beat Bowling Green and lose to only NIU in the west. Even assuming they punt one game they should win they will finish 7-5 and play in a Bowl game.
The nightmare happens if the loss of Church diminishes an already struggling defense. The offense might eventually recapture last years potency but dropping six of their first seven is possible, and ending the season with seven, or even eight losses.
Rather than try to come up with my own Despair poster I will borrow from One Bronco Nation Under God (and who knows where he got it)