Team preview: Toledo

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They call him "Toledo Tom," and with Tom Amstutz's impressive record the last four years, he could probably run for mayor in his hometown.

Since Amstutz took over at his alma mater in 2001, the Rockets have had four winning seasons, been to three bowl games, won three MAC West titles and two conference championships.

But when the Rockets take the field in the Glass Bowl on Sept. 1 to play Western Illinois, none of that will matter to their head coach. As far as Amstutz is concerned, UT will be back to square one even though they are a heavy favorite to win the MAC West this season.

"I look at each season as a new challenge," he said. "Each season is a clean slate. We have a tradition of winning here but that doesn't assure us of even one victory next year."