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Week 1: Arizona vs. Toledo Preview & Pick

Arizona Wildcats vs Toledo Rockets Gambling Preview + Predictions

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Date/Time: Friday, September 3, 8:00 PM ET
Venue: Glass Bowl in Toledo, OH.
Arizona Wildcats at Toledo Rockets Lines
Money Line: Not available yet
Spread: Arizona -14
Over/Under: 60
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The Arizona Wildcats will open its 2010 season with non-conference bout against the Toledo Rockets at the Glass Bowl in Toledo, Ohio in one of only two NCAA contests on Friday night.

The last time most of us all saw the Wildcats; they were being dismantled by the Nebraska Cornhuskers 33-0 in the 32nd annual Pacific Life Holiday Bowl. The game was the bowl’s first shutout in its 32-year history and probably the worst bowl performance ever by a Pac-10 team that finished the season with 8-5 overall record.

But Arizona remains optimistic that not only is this year’s offense going to put more points on the board on a regular basis, but feel they have taken the necessary steps to get back into contention for a PAC-10 title and possible Rose Bowl appearance.

Considering USC’s postseason ineligibility and Oregon’s loss of Jeremiah Masoli, this could be the year of the ‘Cat.

Quarterback Nick Foles who became the program’s unpredicted leader last season throwing for 2,486 yards and 19 touchdowns, returns stronger and more polished for his junior campaign.

In addition, running back Nic Grigsby will look to improve upon a 567-yard and five TD season after recovering from injury. Foles will be protected by a solid o-line staring with center Colin Baxter along with tackles Grant and Phillip Garcia, who when combined form one of the best blocking squads in the PAC-10.

Foles will have to his advantage junior wide receiver Juron Criner, who caught 45 passes for a team-high 582 yards and nine touchdowns a year ago.

The defense for Arizona is another story. The question to ask in this Friday’s match up against Toledo is whether the defense can slow down the Rockets offense. The Wildcats has replaced seven starters from a team that finished second in the Pac-10 in total defense a year ago, but will return junior cornerback Trevin Wade who tallied 71 tackles and five interceptions in 2009.

He will lead a team that will primarily receive contribution from players that have zero starts in the front seven. UA’s defensive success will hinge on how its youngest players perform.

Over in Toledo the offense was not a problem as they scored the second most points in the MAC, but concluded the season 5-7 overall.

Again it would be the Rockets defense that would be the team’s demise, allowing almost 38 points per game and giving up a MAC-worst 241.4 passing yards per game.

The Rockets will bring in their first new signal-caller in four years, and leading the candidate list of one freshman and four sophomores is Austin Dantin. The true sophomore played in seven games last season, starting three and including victories against Northern Illinois and Eastern Michigan.

He will have the talents of receiver Eric Page at his call as well as an offensive line that returns four starters and should provide plenty of pass protection.

There is a bunch of solid depth in the Rocket backfield, but junior Morgan Williams is the best of this group and appears ready to take over the lead role.

Neither one of the teams should be able to stop the other, hence the reason the odd makers have listed a game total of 60 points. This betting total looks to go over, as both teams should put points on the board in this high scoring affair.

Arizona vs. Toledo Betting Trends

Arizona is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toledo’s last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toledo’s last 6 games at home
Toledo is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Arizona’s last 7 games
Arizona is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games
Toledo is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games

Arizona vs. Toledo Free Week 1 College Football Pick: Arizona -14

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Matt Martz is a sports writer for the Bakersfield Californian located in Central California. Blessed is the gambler who expects nothing, for ye shall not be disappointed.

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