The Ohio Bobcats have won four of their last five, but they were upset at home by Ball State two weeks ago and barely escaped with a win last week at Kent State.
Toledo’s sole loss on the entire season was a 55-53 at BYU, ending with the Cougars kicking a game-winning field goal as time expired.
UT has . . .
Toledo held a 17-10 lead heading into the fourth period of last week’s win over Central Michigan.
One matchup within this week’s game is the MAC’s No. 2 scoring offense (Toledo, 41.3 ppg) against the Conference’s No. 3 defense (Ohio, 24.2 ppg).
Flipping possession, however, it will be Toledo’s No. 2-ranked scoring defense (22.4 ppg) against the ‘Cats No. 7-ranked scoring offense.
One thing that could be an edge for Ohiois turnover margin. Ohio is second with a +6 margin for the year, but it did commit three turnovers (to none for Kent State) last week.
This series dates back to 1925, with Toledo holding a 31-19-1 advantage. Much of that margin is recent, since UT has won the last 10 meetings.
► Ohio ranks third nationally with 3.63 sacks per game.
► Senior Tarell Basham became the all-time leader in Ohio history in career sacks earlier this year. He ranks fifth on the NCAA active career leaders list. Basham needs 1.5 more sacks to tie the single season record at Ohio. He is 13th in the country and leads the MAC in sacks.
► Redshirt freshman Javon Hagan ranks fourth nationally in forced fumbles (4).
► Head coach Frank Solich is the fourth-longest tenured head coach in the NCAA.
► Ohio is the only program in the NCAA to have the same head coach, offensive and defensive coordinator over the last 12 years.
► Freshman Quinton Maxwell was at the helm again last week, completing 11 of 19 passes for 127 yards with one interception.
► RB Dorian Brown rushed 12 times for 110 yards and a touchdown last week. Maleek Irons added 83 yards and one scoe on 13 carries against KSU.
► Two Bobcats have at least 31 receptions. Sebastian Smith tops the team with 36 catches for 562 yards and three TDs. Jordan Reid owns 31 catches for 338 yards with three TDs.
► Kicker Louie Zervos has connected on 4 of 5 field goals over 40 yards with a long of 47.
► Toledo is third in the nation in successful third down attempts, converting 55 of 102 (53.9%). UT opponents, on the other hand, have made just 18 of 91 third down tries (19.8%). That is second best in the nation.
► Quarterback Logan Woodside leads the nation with 28 touchdown passes. The all-time Rocket record is 29, set by Bruce Gradkowski in 2003 and again in 2005.
► Woodside and junior Cody Thompson combined for a big night against Central Michigan. Thompson grabbed four TD passes – all in the second half.
► Thompson and senior tight end Michael Roberts each have nine TD receptons in 2016. That puts them in a tie for fifth place in the nation.
► Senior Kareem Hunt leads UT with 152 carries for 740 yards with five TDs. Terry Swanson registered 76 carries for 382 yards and two TDs.
► Michael Roberts is fourth among Rockets in receptions (27) b ut is gied for first in TDs (9).
► Ja’Wuan Woodley (38) and DeJuan Rogers (38) lead the Rockets in tackling. John Stepec is two stops back at 36 and leads the team in tfl (9.0).