Toledo (7-4) at Eastern Michigan (2-9) (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Rynearson Stadium (30,200) -- Ypsilanti, Michigan. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Toledo 5-1, Eastern Michigan 2-2. Away Record: Toledo 2-3, Eastern Michigan 0-7. Neutral Record: Toledo 0-0, Eastern Michigan 0-0. Conference Record: Toledo 6-1, Eastern Michigan 1-6. Series Record: Toledo leads, 30-11.

GAME NOTES: The Toledo Rockets aren't finished yet, and will hope for a Mid- American Conference title game appearance as they square off against the Eastern Michigan Eagles in conference play Friday at Rynearson Stadium.

Toledo sits at 6-1 in the MAC West Division - tied with both Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. NIU and WMU clash this weekend, both with MAC title hopes. NIU needs a win to make it, owning the tiebreaker over Toledo. The Rockets need a Western Michigan win and a victory over Eastern Michigan to get to the conference championship. Toledo is coming off a big 27-20 win over Bowling Green last week.

Eastern Michigan is, for all intents and purposes, finished. The Eagles sport a 2-9 overall record with a dismal 1-6 ledger in conference play. They've lost five straight games - all against MAC competition - with a 45-30 defeat at Ball State the most recent.

The two teams have met 41 times on the field before, with this clash marked as the 42nd. Toledo owns a commanding all-time series lead, 30-11, over the Eagles.

Toledo's offense is based on the run game, and it may have to be even more this week depending on the health of quarterback Logan Woodside. The Rockets average 254.2 rushing ypg, with 26 touchdowns this season coming via the ground attack. Kareem Hunt missed some time earlier in the season due to injury, but is back to full health and averaging 156.2 rushing ypg. He's scored 10 times and gained 1,250 yards on 151 carries (8.3-yard average).

Woodside has been steady in filling in for Phillip Ely, who went down earlier this season with an ACL tear, throwing for 1,764 yards and 14 touchdowns. But Woodside didn't play the entire game last week because of an injury, and while he's expected back for the game against EMU, his status remains uncertain.

The receiving game for the Rockets largely falls on the hands of Alonzo Russell, who has a team-best seven touchdown receptions with 628 yards on 45 catches. Corey Jones tops the squad with 62 receptions and 758 yards, adding in four touchdowns to the mix. The Toledo passing game is certainly a threat, especially in play action.

Toledo started off the season with a tough non-conference schedule, and games against teams like Missouri and Cincinnati jacked up the team's scoring defense average. Entering the contest with Eastern Michigan, the Rockets are allowing an average of 30.5 ppg to opponents, and are giving up 420.0 offensive ypg as well. It's been three weeks since an opponent has scored more than 27 points against the Rockets, and Eastern Michigan's sub-par offense isn't much of a threat to find the end zone repeatedly.

Linebacker Junior Sylvestre leads Toledo with 88 tackles, adding in 8.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, four quarterback hurries and five pass breakups to his resume. Fellow linebacker Trent Voss has a team-best 10.5 tackles for loss, and lineman Orion Jones chips in a team-high five sacks. They'll be tasked with containing athletic EMU quarterback Reginald Bell.

Bell hasn't been able to help out too much for the Eagles, who average just 15.1 ppg this season (123rd in the FBS). In seven games this season, Bell has passed for 1,178 yards and seven touchdowns against four interceptions. The dual-threat signal caller has added a team-best 569 yards with four touchdowns on the ground to his resume.

The team's run game hasn't been very effective outside of Bell. Ryan Brumfield has matched Bell's four rushing touchdowns, but has only managed 328 yards on 84 carries this season otherwise. Entering the game against Toledo, Eastern Michigan is gaining 141.6 rushing ypg and just 296.4 offensive ypg as a unit.

The Eagles' tight end Tyreese Russell is not only the leading receiver on the team (37 receptions, 506 yards, three touchdowns), but he's also the only pass catcher to have played in all 11 games this season. The next closest player statistically to Russell is Dustin Creel, who has 23 catches for 227 6 2 3 R.Butler 9 139 7.2 1.4 0.9 1 12 13 8 2 1 3 14 G.Temple 13 336 6.9 3.2 1.8 12 30 42 24 19 5 13 31 K.Humphries 12 194 6.8 5.2 0.8 20 42 62 10 2 6 9 17 K.Seraphin 12 178 5.8 3.1 0.8 9 28 37 10 1 5 15 29 A.Miller 13 161 4.1 1.4 2.9 6 12 18 38 4 0 10 20 G.Rice Jr. 5 43 2.2 0.8 0.4 2 2 4 2 0 0 2 11 D.Blair 3 11 0.7 0.3 0.3 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 5

FG 3PT FT M-A PCT M-A PCT M-A PCT PTS HI J.Wall 90-210 .429 10-34 .294 64-82 .780 254 31 B.Beal 25-55 .455 6-14 .429 7-9 .778 63 21 P.Pierce 56-140 .400 17-49 .347 42-48 .875 171 25 M.Gortat 71-133 .534 0-0 .000 21-32 .656 163 20 N. 52-111 .468 0-1 .000 13-24 .542 117 22 O.Porter 37-72 .514 6-14 .429 15-19 .789 95 21 D.Gooden 24-49 .490 5-10 .500 5-10 .500 58 18 R.Butler 24-41 .585 13-24 .542 4-4 1.000 65 18 G.Temple 27-78 .346 16-44 .364 20-26 .769 90 18 K.Humphries 32-72 .444 0-3 .000 18-27 .667 82 16 K.Seraphin 31-61 .508 0-0 .000 8-12 .667 70 15 A.Miller 23-37 .622 0-1 .000 7-11 .636 53 12 G.Rice Jr. 3-15 .200 1-7 .143 4-6 .667 11 5 D.Blair 1-1 1.000 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 2 2

Game Date and Time

Friday, November 28, 1 p.m. (ET)

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