BEST BET TOLEDO over Mi­ami Florida by 6

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As Arte John­son used to say while wear­ing a World War II Ger­man sol­dier’s uni­form on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In ( re­mem­ber that?), this matchup be­tween the Hur­ri­canes and Rock­ets looks to be “Ver­rry in­ter­est­ing.” Even though the MAC is off to a 9-12 SU start ver­sus non-con­fer­ence foes in 2018, the truth is SEVEN of those wins came at the ex­pense of FCS op­po­nents. And with league stan­dard-bear­ers like North­ern Illi­nois and West­ern Michi­gan off to mis­er­able 0-2 starts, it’s a ne­ces­sity that some­one step for­ward to re­store the con­fer­ence’s dwin­dling rep­u­ta­tion. We’ll hand that job to Toledo, 20-7 SU in two sea­sons un­der HC Jason Can­dle, and prob­a­bly the only MAC squad cur­rently ca­pa­ble of go­ing toe-to-toe with a big-time Mi­ami team. Although we do have to say ‘shame’ on the Hur­ri­canes for sched­ul­ing hap­less Sa­van­nah State last week, a team blanked 52-0 in a sea­son-open­ing loss at UAB two weeks ago be­fore be­ing flat­tened by Mi­ami last Satur­day, 77-0. And if that blowout of SSU isn’t enough to put the Canes back in good graces with the poll­sters de­spite Mi­ami’s lop­sided loss to LSU to kick off the year, then the new 7-pound turnover chain they un­veiled drew enough at­ten­tion to con­firm the fact that, at the very least, the bling is back. UM shows up at the Glass Bowl with a solid 7-1 ATS mark as non-con­fer­ence road chalk but cur­rent head coach Mark Richt has ac­counted for only one of those spread wins. Toledo coun­ters with a log in non-MAC games when com­ing off a win of 21 or more points, plus the Rock­e­teers are an in­trigu­ing

of late as home dogs when they own a win­ning record. We’ll light this can­dle with

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