Game Time: 4:00 pm ET, Saturday, September 18, 2021
Venue: Glass Bowl Stadium, Toledo, OH
Where to Watch: ESPNU
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Rams +14.5, Rockets -15.5; Over/Under: 58.5 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Rams +14.5, Rockets -15.5; Over/Under: 58.5 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Rams +14.5, Rockets -15.5; Over/Under: 58.5 points
Colorado State Rams: 0-2 (6th place, MW Mountain)
Toledo Rockets: 1-1 (1st place, MAC West)
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Colorado State Rams vs Toledo Rockets Preview and Analysis
Colorado State Rams: lost 2
Toledo Rockets: lost 1
Last season the Colorado State Rams averaged a 50.9% completion percentage, 199.5 passing yards, and 1 touchdown per game through the air. They also averaged 124 rushing yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game on the ground. The Toledo Rockets were averaging a 65.3% completion percentage, 325.8 passing yards, and 3 touchdowns per game through the air. They also averaged 168.2 rushing yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game on the ground.
Last season the Colorado State Rams were allowing teams a 60.7% completion percentage, 250.3 passing yards, and 1.3 touchdowns per game through the air. They also allowed 108.5 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns per game on the ground. The Toledo Rockets were allowing teams a 56.1% completion percentage, 233 passing yards, and 2 touchdowns per game through the air. They also allowed 129.2 rushing yards and 1 touchdown per game on the ground.
Rams vs Rockets Prediction
Colorado State is coming into this matchup with a 0-2 record overall, this will be their 3rd non-conference game in a row on the schedule. They lost their first game of the college football season 42-23 against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits and went on to lose their previous game 24-21 against the Vanderbilt Commodores at home. Todd Centeio struggled a bit in that game as he completed 20/38 passes for 238 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. David Bailey led the team in rushing with 80 yards and 1 TD on 15 carries. Trey McBride had a great day for the receiving corps as he led the team with 114 receiving yards and 1 touchdown pass catch on 8 receptions. Tywan Francis led the Rams' defense with 6 solo tackles and 3 assisted ones. Toby McBride and Mohamed Kamara both recorded 1 sack each while Scott Patchan and Devin Phillips both had a 0.5 sack each in the game. No one on the defense had an interception. The Rams have scored 44 points in their 2 games so far while they have allowed their opponents to score 66 points against them. Their offense is averaging 453.5 YPG while their defense is allowing 404 YPG.
Toledo is coming into this college football game with a 1-1 overall record and have not played in any conference games yet. They won their first game of the regular season 49-10 against the Norfolk State Spartans and then went on to lose in their last game 32-29 against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Carter Bradley played very well in that game completing 17/27 passes for 213 yards, zero touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Bryant Koback had a big day in the run game as he led his team in rushing with 122 yards and 1 TD on 21 carries. Devin Maddox had a big day for the receiving corps as he led the team with 135 receiving yards on 9 receptions. Dyontae Johnson led Toledo's defense with 8 solo tackles and 2 assisted ones. Terrance Taylor led the team in sacks with 2 while Chris McDonald came away with the only interception for them in the game. Toledo has scored 78 points in their 2 games while allowing their opponents to score 42 points against them. Their offense is putting up an average total of 397 YPG while their defense is allowing 360.5 YPG in the Rockets games this season.
Colorado State has not looked good on both sides of the ball to start this season. They lost 1 game by almost 20 points to an FCS team and the other to an awful Vandy team, both were home games too which is a real kick in the teeth. Toledo just went on the road and lost to a very good Notre Dame team by 3 points and will now be at home for this one. A bet on Toledo to cover this spread is great as they will win in a blowout fashion.
Rams Rockets Prediction: Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, September 18, 2021 (4:00 pm ET start time) is Rockets 49 Rams 17.
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NCAAF Betting Trends
Colorado State Rams: 8-10 ATS in all games. 2-4 ATS as a road underdog.
Toledo Rockets: 1-3 ATS when the total is between 56.5 and 63. 1-5 ATS after 1 or more consecutive wins against the spread.
Colorado State Rams: D. Wright (WR) Ques Sat - Knee injury. M. Valecce (QB) out for season - Lower Body injury. L. Crump (DB) out for season - Upper Body injury.
Toledo Rockets: None.
Players to Watch
Colorado State Rams: Dante Wright is one player to watch on this team. He was 2nd on the team in receiving in the last game and will be looking to make a bigger impact here. They will likely be playing this game from behind so they will need to get him more involved if they want to have a chance here.
Toledo Rockets: Quarterback Carter Bradley is one player to watch in this game. He played great in their last game, almost pulling off a big upset against Notre Dame. Look for him to lead the offense here for some big plays against a team that they should destroy with the way both are playing right now.
“I don’t feel sorry for myself because I’m not going to drop my head. There ain’t a coach in this program that’ll drop their head. So it’s my job to make sure we just keep swinging away, because that’s all loser stuff.” - Steve Addazio after their 2nd loss of the season.
"This is a big deal not only for Notre Dame fans but Toledo fans and fans of college football. We’re looking forward to going out and playing a great football team and giving it our best shot." - Jason Candle before playing Notre Dame in week 2 talking about giving their best effort no matter how tough the opponent is.
Colorado State Rams
WR Wright, Dante
WR Scott, E.J.
TE McBride, Trey
TE Butler, Cam
QB Centeio, Todd
RB Bailey, David
WR McKinley-Lewis, Danzel
WR Mitchell, Bryce
WR Maddox, Devin
TE Rosi, Drew
QB Bradley, Carter
RB Koback, Bryant
Colorado State Rams
Passing: T. Centeio (542)
Rushing: D. Bailey (126)
Receiving: T. McBride (230)
Touchdowns: D. Bailey (2)
Sacks: M. Kamara (1)
Tackles: T. Francis (11)
Passing: C. Bradley (396)
Rushing: B. Koback (174)
Receiving: D. Maddox (226)
Touchdowns: B. Koback (3)
Sacks: T. Taylor (2)
Tackles: D. Johnson (11)
Colorado State Rams: Steve Addazio
Toledo Rockets: Jason Candle (7th season)
78 degrees F partly cloudy, 69% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 9 mph wind speeds NE.