Toledo (9-3 Mid-American Conference) vs. No. 18 Utah State (10-2 Western Athletic Conference), 4:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Line: Utah State by 10 1/2

Series Record: First meeting.


Toledo: The Rockets are playing in their third straight bowl game and looking for two consecutive postseason wins after beating Air Force in the Military Bowl last year. Coach Matt Campbell, 33, is the youngest head coach in FBS and coming off his first full season after replacing Tim Beckman before last year's bowl game. It's been a historic season for the Aggies. Utah State won the conference title outright for the first time since 1936. The Aggies' 10 wins is the most in school history and its two losses to BYU and Wisconsin were by a combined five points. The Aggies are looking for their first bowl win since 1993.


Toledo's offense against Utah State's highly-ranked defense. The Rockets know how to move the ball and get in the end zone, averaging nearly 33 points per game and more than 456 total yards on offense. But the Aggies' defense has excelled all season at shutting down opponents. Utah State is ranked among the nation's top 15 defenses in points allowed, total defense and rushing.


Toledo: RB David Fluellen was chosen first-team, all-conference after rushing for 1,460 yards and 13 touchdowns. The junior is also a threat on passing downs and his 32 receptions are third best on the team.

Utah State: RB Kerwynn Williams is also a first-team, all-conference selection. He is also Utah's State's all-everything on offense. Williams leads the Aggies in rushing, receiving, touchdowns and scoring. He rushed for 12 TDs, scored five more receiving and averages 15.4 yards per catch.


Utah State is accustomed to quick starts, outscoring foes 131-6 in the first quarter this season ...The Aggies are on a roll, winning 15 of their last 18 games over the past two seasons ... The Aggies are playing in back-to-back bowl games for just the third time in school history, with the latest string coming in the 1960 and 1961 seasons ... Toledo LB Dan Molls leads the nation with 166 tackles and has recorded at least nine tackles in 17 straight games ... Toledo K Jeremiah Detmer has made 14 straight field-goal attempts ... No. 18 Utah State is the highest ranked team Toledo has faced in the postseason ... The Rockets have a 9-3 record in bowl games.