2017 Football Preview – MAC – Rockets
Looking for 2017 Toledo Rockets predictions? The Rockets had a nice season last year, but a couple slip ups in close games against BYU and Ohio prevented them from having an even more successful season. They feel like they have fixed their issues from last year though, and the team has expectations that they will be the team winning the MAC Conference this year.
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So are the problems fixed and they will make the next step forward? Or have the problems become habit and they will fall back?
2017 Toledo Rockets Predictions: Team Strengths
Offensive Firepower : Not only does this team expect to win the MAC Championship this year, they feel like they can compete with most teams in the Power Five conference. All the success this year is going to start with the offense, and they have a really good one.
Last year the Rockets averaged 517.8 yards per game and 38 points, both which were tops in the conference. The good thing for them is they have most of they key pieces back from the offense last year, that made it so successful.
The Rockets are led by Senior quarterback Logan Woodside. Last year he was one of the best quarterbacks in all of college football. He threw for 4129 yards and 45 touchdowns.
The 45 touchdowns was the top in all of college football. He also did a good job of hanging onto the football only throwing nine interceptions which is impressive for a guy who had 419 attempts throwing the ball.
But it wasn’t just Woodside who made the offense click. Two of the top three receivers from last years team are back for another season.
Cody Thompson who had 68 catches and 11 touchdowns and Jon’Vea Johnson who had 40 catches and 10 touchdowns should be ultra productive this year, and should be able to really improve on those stats.
At the running back position Kareem Hunt is gone, but the Rockets have two really good backs to replace him. Terry Swanson and Art Thompkins, might not be exactly able to replace Hunt, but they should do a good enough job that the rushing attack is still a threat.
Baring no injuries this team might be the best offense in college football, but no mo matter what they should be top five.
2017 Toledo Rockets Predictions: Team Weaknesses
Leaders on Defense: On the defensive side of the ball, Toledo is good and they are experienced but the one thing they are really lacking is a true leader.
There is a big difference between experience and a leader, and the latter is what the Rockets are missing out on. They don’t have one guy who can take control of the team if he needs to and hold the others accountable.
If they can find a guy to step up and fill that void, this team should be even better then it was last year, on the defensive side, and they didn’t struggle by any means.
Special Teams Concerns: There isn’t many weakness on this team, as they are solid all around for the most part.
The one part where there are some questions marks though are on the special teams. They didn’t find anyone solid to take over the punting duties so they are turning the keys over to backup quarterback Michael Julian to handle those duties.
Toledo Rockets Prediction: 10-2
The MAC Conference is expected to be very competitive this year, and that will really test the Toledo Rockets.
Their toughest game of the season comes in week four when they travel to Miami to take on the Hurricanes, a team that is expected to be competing for the ACC. I think they will play the Hurricanes tough but I don’t see a path to victory for them in this game.
I also believe they will have one slip up in conference play and that will lead them to a loss. I think they will still get their chance though in the MAC Championship game.
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