Similar to predecessor Matt Campbell, Jason Candle will likely be the next Toledo head coach to soon roam the sidelines of a Power 5 conference team.
In his 9 years on the coaching staff for the Rockets, including the last three as head coach, the Rockets went bowling 8 times. The team has been explosive under Candle, scoring at least 50 points in six games during 2018, a school record, as well as eleven times in his three years leading the team. On the flip side, Kentucky was gutted by player losses including five NFL draft picks.
Star RB Benny Snell is now with the Steelers and #7 overall pick DE Josh Allen is with Jacksonville, so it will be extremely difficult to replace the more than 2,000 rushing and 2,000 passing yards the Wildcats have tallied each of the past three seasons – something they had accomplished only two other times in school history.
Head coach Mark Stoops will have to rely on QB Terry “Touchdown” Wilson who returns after passing for 1,889 yards and rushing for 547 more last year. But it’s simply not enough today, not for a team that was 1-7 ATS as home chalk the past two seasons with a much more talented roster.
We expect the Rockets to take advantage of Kentucky’s lack of Returning Production (No. 114 in the nation, including 127 on defense) and their 7-2 ATS mark in road openers is another buy-sign. The MAC’s 9-0 ATS tally vs SEC foes of late seals the deal.
Toledo by 6 over the ‘Cats.