Toledo throttles Western Michigan, returns to MAC Championship Game

The Toledo Rockets finally did it.

After coming up just short on a number of occasions, UT will return to the MAC Championship game for the first time in 14 years.

Make no mistake about it: this win was a sweet one for the Rockets. After all, Western Michigan has a history of ruining things for Toledo. The Broncos derailed UT’s bid for a perfect season in 2000 with a stunning 21-14 upset in Kalamazoo. They also knocked the Rockets out of the league title game in 2015, outscoring the Rockets 35-30 in the final week of the season.

Toledo made sure that history wouldn’t repeat itself in 2017. The Rocket defense took control of the contest from the opening whistle, forcing Western Michigan to go three-and-out on three of its first four possessions. While the UT offense struggled with drops early in the game, it still finished the afternoon with 455 yards of total offense, including 300 through the air from senior quarterback Logan Woodside.

Now that the Rockets have finally made it back to the championship game, what are the odds that they will win it?

Based on how well the team played against Western Michigan, you have to like their chances. Remember, the Rockets throttled Akron 48-21 on Oct. 21. Even though the Zips have improved quite a bit since that contest, it’s tough to see them scoring enough points (23.3 ppg, 10th in the MAC) to upset Toledo in the league title game, especially with the way the Rocket D is playing right now.