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The University of Toledo hosts the Miami Hurricanes for their first showdown at home Glass Bowl Stadium. Toledo goes into the game 3-2 and will try to end a three-game losing streak to start the year against one of the best teams in the country, the Florida State Seminoles. They meet on Saturday, September 16, at 7.30pm in front of a sold-out home crowd of more than 30,000 fans in a home game.
Toledo also hosts Bowling Green State University, which has always been a worthy opponent. Because the city of Toledo and Bowling Green are just off Interstate 75 and only 20 miles between the two universities, the rivalry is known as the Battle of I-75. With Ohio and Toledo, the state's second-largest city, only a few miles apart and separated by 20 miles, this rivalry has been known as the "Battle for I / 75" for more than a decade. With the City of Lucas oil stadium in Toledo's Glass Bowl Stadium in the heart of the Toledo-Toledo metropolitan area, and with both universities just off Interstate 75, just 20 minutes "drive from each other and 20 miles apart, these two universities have always had a rivalry.
The University of Toledo campus is just 20 minutes "drive from Bowling Green State University and 20 miles from Columbus.
The history of Toledo and its proud points are shared with visitors, students and alumni, and all are welcome in the glass bowl. Other Toledo sporting events are held at Savage Hall, which is just steps from the glass bowl and hosts the University of Toledo Athletic Hall of Fame, the largest athletics facility in Ohio State and home to more than 1,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni and staff. SavageHall is housed in one of the historic buildings on campus, which has as rich a history as Toledo.
Rockets fans will stay loyal to the team when they take on Kent State, the second-best team in the Ohio Valley Conference and the third-worst team in the league. Toledo has held opponents to an average of 66.5 ppg while shooting 42.5% from the field, so the sum is certainly a solid bet here. Kent State ranks first in defense nationally, while Toledo is second in scoring with 66 and 5.
If you have never visited the University of Toledo, I guarantee you will be impressed by the campus. Toledo will make the short trip north to play against Michigan State on Wednesday at 6 p.m. EST and Michigan State on Thursday.
Football in Toledo has its share of legends and has coaches and alumni, but it boasts the most victories in UT history, with a combined record of 73 - 37 - 3. Gary Pinkel came to Toledo as the first head coach in school history and the second in program history. Under his leadership, Toledo won three MAC titles, including the first in school history in 1967, won two consecutive Tangerine Bowl appearances and won the first bowl game in Toledo history. Perhaps the most important coach of Toledo is Frank Lauterbur, who oversaw one of the greatest seasons in Toledo's football history with a 7-5 record.
Nick Saban was the Rockets' head coach for two seasons, leading Toledo to a 7-5 record and a Tangerine Bowl appearance in 1990. Saban left Toledo after the 1990 season to become the offensive coordinator of the Alabama Crimson Tide in the National Football League (NFL).
Tom Amstutz, known as "Toledo Tom," led the Rockets to major success, including three consecutive trips to the Tangerine Bowl and three straight appearances in the College Football Playoffs. In his eight seasons as head coach, he led them to a 35-0 record, the best record in school history, and four consecutive appearances at FBS level. Legendary Rockets quarterback Chuck Ealey played his entire career in Toledo, didn't lose games and led the team to a 35-0 series in his last three seasons.
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In 1946 and 1949, the Rockets played a postseason game called the Glass Bowl, which was played at their stadium. The tradition was restored with a miniature replica of the peace pipe resting on the trophy created in the bowl. Toledo was nicknamed the "Rockets" and played under the nickname for the first few years, but the tradition has not been reintroduced since, except for the miniature replica of the Peace Pipe, which rests on a trophy created in 1949 from a glass bowl at the University of Michigan football stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.