Keys to the game.
- To quote Dickey Nutt, "Don't dig a mountain". Against Toledo, AState went down by 7 after one offensive play in the GoDaddy Bowl, and at Toledo down 10 without running a play. Don't force the offense to play catch-up from the start.
- Contain the run. Toledo has averaged over five yards per carry the last three seasons. AState must force the Rockets to earn every yard on the ground and prevent the big runs. Toledo's offense uses the big runs to break games open.
- Move the chains. Defensive depth is a concern for Toledo. AState has offensive experience but not as a unit, moving the chains will give the offense a chance to develop.