Toledo has put together five consecutive winning seasons and there's ample talent to keep the streak going. However, the offensive line lost its five starters and a quick rebuild will be the determining factor in how far the Rockets can soar.
It was football weather in Kalamazoo, Mich., site of Saturday's Mid-American Conference game between Toledo and host Western Michigan. Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin was in attendance and watched the Rockets win in overtime, 20-19.
Despite the weather, it's clear Kalamazoo has a lively tailgate scene. Check out the photos after the jump.
Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin spent Saturday night at the Glass Bowl in Toledo, where the hometown Rockets took on Mid-American Conference rival Eastern Michigan. The Rockets became eligible for a bowl game with a 55-16 victory. Toledo rolled up 729 yards on offense, the third-highest total in team history.
Toledo rattled off eight victories in a row in 2012 and finished with nine overall, but the Rockets couldn't beat nemesis Northern Illinois. The Huskies have three consecutive victories in the series, including that memorable 63-60 game in 2011.
Is this the season Toledo breaks through? Perhaps. The offense will be dynamic with quarterback Terrance Owens, receiver Bernard Reedy and running back David Fluellen, who are featured on the poster. Big-time success comes down to the defense. If the Rockets can slow down opponents, a Mid-American championship is within reach.
Matt Campbell takes over as Toledo coach, replacing Tim Beckman, who left for Illinois. Campbell is only 32, making him the youngest head coach in Division I-A. He actually has one game under his belt. He led the Rockets to victory over Air Force in the Military Bowl. Beckman presided over the offense last season, and it was the most prolific in team history, averaging 42.2 points a game. All of this has already made Campbell a big man around town. Check out the video of him pitching Better Buildings of Northwest Ohio after the jump. And we've included one other video of Toledo students, who seem to have a lot of time on their hands.
Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin spent Saturday at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field, site of the Mid-American Conference game between Toledo and Temple. The Rockets won, 36-13, before an announced crowd of 21,705.
There are more photos after the jump, and you can view Greg's full gallery by clicking here.