Toledo and Arizona will open their respective seasons opposite each other tonight at Arizona Stadium in Tucson. This evening’s clash between the MAC and PAC 12 has a scheduled start time of 10:30pm ET on ESPNU. Toledo at Arizona Odds have the hosting Wildcats listed as a -11 against the spread favorite while the Rockets are drawing +330 moneyline odds ($100 to win $330) to spoil Rich Rodriguez head coaching debut at Arizona. Tonight’s game total is set at 62 points.
The only thing Arizona needs to make this evening’s season opener more special is a drunken David Hasselhoff cavorting in the student section. Hasselhoff or no, the school is hoping tonight represents a change of course for its football program, which produced just three winning seasons during Mike Stoops eight year tenure.
New head coach Rich Rodriguez is also hoping to turn a page or two at Arizona as his brief time at Michigan nearly soiled his reputation as a good coach. Rodriguez may find the roster and lack of football tradition at Arizona better suited to his offensive approach, making the prospects of a successful stay in Tucson more likely.
While Rodriguez did not inherit a great deal in the way of experience at the skill positions, he does have an offensive line that returns all five starters from last season. He also has a quarterback in senior Matt Scott who appears suited for the spread offense.
Tonight should provide a good opportunity for the Wildcats to work out any early season kinks as Toledo, a 9-4 team last season, returns just four starters from a defense that allowed 31.7 points and 402 yards per game in 2011.
The Rockets are also operating under a new head coach with offensive coordinator Matt Campbell taking over for Tim Beckman (Illinois). Campbell lost seven starters from last season’s potent offense, but Toledo should still pose a threat to opposing defenses with quarterback Terrence Owens still at the controls. Owens completed over 70 percent of his passes last season while throwing 18 touchdowns to just three interceptions.
Free Pick: Toledo is 1-9 both straight up and against the spread in its last 10 games as a road dog with a total of 54.5 or more points. Consider the Wildcats -11 in tonight’s game.
Toledo at Arizona Odds:
Toledo Rockets +11 (-110), Over 62 (-110), +330 (Moneyline)
Arizona Wildcats -11 (-110), Under 62 (-110), -400 (Moneyline)
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