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Little Caesars Bowl Betting – FIU, Toledo Make Rare Appearances In Little Caesars Bowl

Posted by Blake Frazier on 12/23/2010 5:20:18 PM
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It will be a matchup of teams no one could have projected would make it when Florida International meets Toledo in this year’s Little Caesars Bowl. The Rockets haven’t played a postseason game in five years, and will return to face a Golden Panthers’ program that has never played in a bowl game in school history.

  • Little Caesars Bowl
  • Florida International Golden Panthers v. Toledo Rockets
  • Sunday December 26, 2010 – 8:30 PM ET
  • Online Sports Betting Odds: Toledo – 1.5

Florida International is in just its ninth season of play and just its sixth year in the FBS, but has proven its worth by claiming a share of the Sun Belt conference championship with Troy. The Golden Panthers will try to show that they belong against a Toledo team that bounced them 41-31 a year ago.

NCAA Football Betting Preview: Florida International

It has to be a surprise that a team that has gone 9-39 the past four seasons is now playing in a bowl game, but that is the case after head coach Mario Cristobal helped turn around this program. Florida International went 6-2 in the Sun Belt including a 52-35 road win over Troy that earned them a share of the Sun Belt title. The Golden Panthers seemed to do better as the college football betting season wore on with an average of 38 points in their final five games, four of which they won.

Running backs Darriet Perry and Darrian Mallary are the biggest reasons for their success, combining to rush for over 1,300 yards and 16 touchdowns. Quarterback Wesley Carroll has benefited from the solid rushing attack with the ability to go over the top, and completed 61.8-percent of his passes for 2,483 yards and 15 touchdowns, but will need to be more careful with the football in this game after throwing 13 interceptions.

NCAA Football Betting Preview: Toledo

The Rockets took off in the MAC, going 7-1 in conference play to establish themselves as a power once again. Toledo has played in this bowl before, which was formerly recognized as the Motor City Bowl, but hasn’t played a postseason game since 2005. The Rockets had lost 16 times over the last two seasons, but showed dramatic improvement under head coach Tim Beckman to finish second in the MAC. Beckman did lose his starting quarterback Austin Dantin to a shoulder injury in October, but Toledo has persevered with Terrance Owens doing a wonderful football betting job of keeping possession with 12 touchdowns compared to just two interceptions. He’ll continue to look for wide receiver Eric Page, who caught 94 passes and eight touchdowns this season

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The Match Up: FIU v. Toledo

The Rockets have won eight of their last 10 bowl games, and should give FIU fits with their spread offense, something the Golden Panthers have struggled with all year. Toledo’s defense has been very opportunistic all year, and will be there to take advantage if Carroll isn’t careful.

NCAA Football Betting Pick: Toledo

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