Notre Dame Football News: A quick look at the Toledo Rockets

In the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football offseason, we’ve finally got to the point where we can talk about this year’s opponents without thinking that it is all months away. The conference media days are underway (remember any conferences?) And camp is just around the corner. So let’s dedicate every day (except Chick-fil-A Day) to the opponents of Notre Dame 2021 and start these days with a quick preview. Participate in the discussion in the preview and in the editorial in the respective comment areas and / or use the FanPost / FanShot function to share more in-depth information.

Let’s go!

Where: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, IN
When: September 11
So you can see: NBC at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time

The Toledo missiles

The Toledo Rockets had a respectable 4-2 record in their 2020 season. If we all remember or maybe not because things have changed so quickly over the past season, the MAC has set a 6-game plan for all members. All teams in the MAC only played conference games. Toledo took second place in the MAC West with Western Michigan. They did pretty well considering there were only 6 games. In addition, her starting QB Eli Peters suffered a knee injury that left him out for the last two games of the shortened season. Carter Bradley, who played for the injured Peters, will take over the starting QB in 2021.

In defense, the Rockets will return all 11 of their starters from 2020. They had some stats on interceptions that didn’t break the bank, but they come back with some strong and skilled defensive backs. Toledo also got a transfer from Georgia in the off-season. He’s not on the defensive, but plays a wide receiver. Matt Landers Jr. went from the Bulldogs to the Rockets at a whopping 6-5, 200 pounds. He should be a great addition to their offensive who already have a strong offensive line.

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More information

The Irish and the Rockets play their very first competition against each other. In fact, this is only the 6th time the Irish have played against a MAC opponent. The Irish are 5-0 against the MAC and all games were played in the Brian Kelly era. This will also be the 6th different MAC opponent the Irish have played.

Rocket hype

They published a video commercial to buy season tickets to a full stadium in the coming season.

Toledo’s top 3 players

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  1. Isaiah Winstead, Jr. – WR
  2. Dyontae Johnson, Jr. – LB
  3. Bryant Koback, Jr. – RB

Final drive

Ok listen I will definitely respect that Toledo has a lot of talent and experience that they had last season. It seems like they’re doing pretty well on the MAC in 2021. As a friend of the MAC, I have to respect the hectic pace, especially when setting up Big 12-esque points and more (#MACtion). However, there are some circumstances that no one can overlook.

This game will be the first home game at Notre Dame Stadium in 2021, the first time Notre Dame Stadium has been full since 2019. The place will be absolutely JUMPING. I predict a very electrifying atmosphere because the fans have eaten again after a “normal” day of the home game. A crowded stadium with all the events and students back should make for a fun time. Brian Kelly went on with the streak of not losing to unranked teams and it should go on like this. I think Toledo is also hyped, but I just don’t see that as too problematic for the Irish. You will feed on the eager spectators for an entertaining opening home game.

Difficulty 1-10: 3rd
Early profit or loss forecast: Irish victory

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