For those who haven't been paying close enough attention this week, I don't condone it, but here is a helpful cheat sheet so you can be an informed fan heading into Saturday's game at Toledo.
Where: The Glass Bowl, Toledo, (turf, outdoors)
When: Saturday, 7 p.m., ESPN3/700WLW
Forecast: Temperature in 40s, 40 percent chance of rain, 15mph wind
2012 records: No. 18 Bearcats 5-0, 1-0 Big East, Rockets 6-1, 4-0 MAC
Ranking: Toledo received two votes in the coaches poll.
Tickets: Reports from Toledo say the game is sold out.
What to wear: Layers.
Past results: Last meeting came in the 2001 Motor City Bowl, a 23-16 UT win. UC leads the overall series, 4-2.
Need to know: Toledo will score And score. And score. And score. The Rockets are averaging just under 40 points a game and rack up points with anyone. On the flip side, every game seems to be a shootout because the Rockets defense has been a disaster area. Most of the damage has been done through the air where they rank 116th in the nation in pass defense.
Need to know stat: Five of the seven Toledo opponents have seen their QB throw for 300+ yards.
Who to know: WR Bernard Reedy. The junior caught 11 passes for a school-record 237 yards last week against Eastern Michigan. Reedy can hit the explosive play -- caught TDs of 65 and 59. Don't forget him in the special teams, Reedy took a kickoff back 89 yards for a score. He finished that game with 407 all-purpose yards. The guy is electric.
Defining matchup: Greg Blair/Maalik Bomar vs. Toledo RB David Fluellen. While QB Terrance Owens and Reedy post many of the highlight plays, what really makes the Rockets offense tick is the the balance with Fluellen on the ground. He's averaging 113.1 yards per game (16th nationally). Making their offense one-dimensional takes away their versatility and allows Walter Stewart and company to pin their ears back off the edges.
Delving deeper: Pointing to the Rockets 6-1 record infers they bring an impressive pedigree into the. Sure, the record is nice, but they are yet to beat a team of any substance. Of their seven opponents only 4-3 Bowling Green currently owns a winning record.
Arizona (3-3) L
Wyoming (1-5) W
Bowling Green (4-3) W
Coastal Carolina (2-4) W
Western Michigan (3-4) W
Central Michigan (2-4) W
Eastern MIchigan (0-6) W
By the numbers: The Bearcats allowed 72 total points this season. Toledo scored 71 points in the last five quarters.
By the numbers, Part II: The Bearcats own 10 consecutive wins against MAC opponents.
Quotent Quotables: Munchie Legaux on UC's slow starts the last two weeks, they outscored Fordham and Miami 63-11 in the second halves:
"We are hurting ourselves and that is not getting into the rhythm fast enough. We have to start the game off smooth, no penalties, continue to move the ball, play pitch and catch and run the football."
Looking ahead: UC doesn't want to get caught looking ahead to one of the two biggest games of their season next when they travel to No. 16 Louisville on Friday for an ESPN game.
Words from Butch Jones: Tommy G sat down with Butch Jones to discuss Saturday's game and the state of the Bearcats. Here's the link.
Hype video: Video Shane with this trailer about a team that follows the trend of making national pundits look foolish. Good stuff as always.