Cincinnati Bearcats Football: Trip to Toledo Brings About Huge Test
The 5-0 Cincinnati Bearcats will play their first true road game of the season on Saturday when they travel north to take on Toledo.
Playing a MAC team, whether it is on the road or not, may not seem like a daunting task, but this season is a bit of a different story.
The conference is not as deep as some others, but at the top there are a few talented teams and the Rockets are one of them.
Toledo comes into the game 6-1 with its only loss coming in overtime at Arizona. It is one of four MAC teams with one loss or less. Ohio is 7-0, Kent State is 5-1 and Northern Illinois is 6-1.
These four teams are no pushovers, and the Bearcats can not take the Rockets lightly.
As in years past, Toledo does it with offense, and this season the group ranks 29th in the country, averaging 36.4 points a game.
The Rockets are led on that side of the ball by quarterback Terrance Owens. Owens can do a little bit of everything with the ball in his hands. So far this season the junior has passed for 1,900 yards and 12 touchdowns with only three interceptions. He has not run the ball as much in years past, but has still totaled 192 yards with four touchdowns.
Also paving the way for the Rockets is running back David Fluellen. The junior has already totaled 792 yards with nine scores, while averaging 5.8 yards per carry.
Cincinnati will need to slow down those two studs, and the rest should take care of itself.
On defense, Toledo has struggled for most of the season, particularly in recent weeks. The Rockets are allowing over 28 points a game and allowed 35 and 47 points in the last two contests respectively. The Bearcats will likely have no problem putting points on the board.
The Cincinnati defense will need to force a few turnovers, which is something it has done for most of the season. The group ranks ninth in the country in average points given up, allowing only 14.4 points a game.
This is a game that will likely be decided by who wins the turnover battle, and both teams excel in that category. The Rockets have forced 14 turnovers in seven games, while Cincinnati has forced 12 in only five games.
For the Bearcats to come out on top on the road, they will need to win the turnover battle. If they can do that then their record will improve to 6-0 heading into their biggest road game of the season at No. 16 Louisville on Friday.
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