Toledo Heavily Favored Over Eastern Michigan As MACtion Football Begins

Written By Julie Walker on October 31, 2021 - Last Updated on November 2, 2021

The Eastern Michigan football team travels to Toledo to play its first of three consecutive Tuesday MACtion football games this week.

Both the Eagles and Rockets are coming off 10-day breaks and big wins in Week 8.

Which well-rested team will keep on rolling?

Eastern Michigan a substantial underdog at Toledo

The shift to mid-week games meant Michigan sportsbooks released betting lines for Tuesday’s tilt later than usual.

When they were released Sunday, local oddsmakers gave Toledo the edge by 8 points at both DraftKings Sportsbook and Caesars Sportsbook.

For the over/under, both DraftKings and Caesars set the total at 57 points.

Check the live widget above for full odds as more sportsbooks release them. Or check our Mid-American Conference football page for full odds in all conference games as they are posted.

Eastern is 3-5 against the spread and 2-2 on the road, while Toledo has won four games against the spread and failed to cover three times. Toledo is 2-2 at home.

In its last four Eastern games, the over and under have each hit twice. A Toledo game has not hit the over since Sept. 11, when the Rockets lost to Notre Dame 32-29.

Eastern Michigan at Toledo: NCAA Football MACtion Odds

How to watch: Eastern Michigan Eagles at Toledo Rockets

  • Who: Eastern Michigan (5-3, 2-2 MAC) at Toledo (4-4, 2-2)
  • When: 7:30 p.m. ET, Tuesday
  • Where: Glass Bowl Stadium, Toledo, Ohio
  • TV: ESPN2
  • Radio: 89.1 WEMU-FM

Caesars Sportsbook comes through with MACtion parlay boost promo

Caesars Sportsbook was the first Michigan sportsbook to come through with an offer related to the mid-week MACtion.

At Caesars, get a 33% parlay boost token on a three-leg parlay involving the Eastern Michigan game, along with other MAC games on Tuesday: Ball State vs. Akron, and Miami (Ohio) vs. Ohio.

There is a $50 max bet on the wager, and the parlay must have +300 odds or higher.

Eastern Michigan flexes big on Bowling Green

Eastern Michigan’s football team went from a scoring drought in the first quarter to a scoring downpour in its 55-24 win over Bowling Green in Week 8.

After Bowling Green had the lone first-quarter score by way of a field goal, Eastern’s offense rained down the rest of the game.

The Eagles scored three touchdowns each in the second and third quarters and another in the fourth. Kicker Chad Ryland sprinkled in two field goals, too – a 40-yarder just before halftime and one from 47 in the fourth.

Quarterback Ben Bryant finished 20 of 26 for 286 yards with two passing touchdowns and one on the ground.

Dylan Drummond caught six passes for 63 yards and a touchdown pass thrown by running back Samson Evans. Evans finished with eight carries for 42 yards and went 2-for-2 for 18 yards and the score to Drummond in the air.

Also in on the scoring spree were Gunnar Oakes, who had four receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown, and Bryson Cannon, who had two catches for 56 yards and a touchdown.

Darius Boone Jr. had seven carries for 37 yards and a touchdown.

Quarterback Preston Hutchinson completed 3 of 4 passes for 21 yards and a touchdown to Thomas Odukoya. Odukoya finished with four catches for 37 yards and the touchdown.

Defensive back David Carter Jr. scored on a 42-yard punt return late in the first half.

Toledo comes alive in second half against Western Michigan

In just under nine minutes in the second quarter, Western Michigan scored twice to put Broncos up on Toledo 15-13, before the half.

But perhaps with the memory of their OT loss to Central Michigan the week before still fresh, the Rockets launched a scoring attack sparked by a 34-yard touchdown pass from Dequan Finn to Danzel McKinley-Lewis, his lone catch of the game, in the third quarter.

Zachary Ford then scored on a 35-yard fumble return. Micah Kelly’s 3-yard touchdown with under a minute to go in the third quarter was the final score of the game and enough to keep Toledo on top 34-15.

Finn was 8-of-34 for 138 yards and two touchdowns in the air and rushed 12 times for 27 yards.

Bryce Mitchell had one catch for 28 yards and a touchdown.

Bryant Koback carried the ball 17 times for 100 yards. Kelly finished with 8 carried for 38 yards and a touchdown.

History favors Toledo in the series, especially at home

The Eagles have never won more than three consecutive games against the Rockets in this series that Toledo dominates 36-12. Eastern last won against Toledo on Oct. 13, 2018, a 28-26 home win.

Before that, the Eagles had not beaten the Rockets since 2006. That win, 17-13, also was played at home.

Eastern has won in Toledo just four times, most recently in 1999. Santana’s “Smooth” was the No. 1 song in the country, by the way, when the Eagles won that contest, 20-13.

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Julie has written, edited and designed words at five Michigan newspapers and websites. She’s worked on two sports desks, including at The Oakland Press and most recently at The Detroit News. Julie has contributed to stories on many big sports moments, from the NFL's 100th season to Super Bowls to Justin Verlander’s trade to the closing of the Palace of Auburn Hills.  Julie loves lakes, bonfires, Dachshunds, coaching Little League and carrying on her Dad’s fantasy football legacy that he started in 1987 — before there was an app for that.

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