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December 28, 2011

College Football Report - 2011 Bowl Picks - Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman:

Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman

Toledo (8-4) vs. Air Force (7-5)

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4:30 PM, ESPN, Wednesday, Dec. 28, Washington, D.C.

Why Watch: The Military Bowl turned out to be a perfect fit: the Rockets versus men who fly giant rockets. It’s always fun to watch old style football preformed to perfection, which is exactly what the Falcons run with their option attack. Air Force averages over 320 yards a game on the ground. Toledo is as hot as anyone right now, having won seven of their last eight games.

Who to Watch: That’s an easy one when talking about the Rockets. Junior wideout and return specialist Eric Page has been a playmaker since setting foot on the Toledo campus. This season Page brought in 112 catches for 1,123 yards, his third straight season in which he surpassed the 1,000 yard mark. Against Ohio State, Page had 12 receptions for 145 yards and two scores. For Air Force, keep an eye on outside linebacker Alex Means. The 6-foot-5 junior finished third on the team in tackles with 71, including nine for a loss and first with six sacks.

How it’s Going Down: Toledo isn’t going to beat themselves with mistakes and turnovers. An extremely disciplined team, the Rockets rank No. 3 in the country in turnover margin. Ranked second in the country in rush yards per game at 320.3, the Falcons offense can be near impossible to slow down when it’s rolling. Led by senior quarterback Tim Jefferson, the Falcons have made a bowl for the fifth straight season. They’ve won three of their last four, much in part to their option attack. Toledo has big play potential, offensively averaging 42 points a game, but they’ve yet to face the option this season. The Falcons will get their third straight bowl victory thanks in part to their ground game. Pick: Air Force 28 – Toledo 23

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