Middle Tennessee Beats Toledo 31-24: Bahamas Bowl 5 Thoughts, Instant Reaction

5 Thoughts and Instant Reaction to Middle Tennessee’s Bahamas Bowl win over Toledo.

Middle Tennessee vs Toledo. 5 thoughts and instant reaction after the 31-24 win by the Blue Raiders in the Bahamas Bowl.


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Middle Tennessee vs Toledo: Bahamas Bowl

5. Middle Tennessee went for it. Toledo didn’t.

Toledo played a strange game. It sort of went conservative when it shouldn’t have, and it sort of kept pushing when it shouldn’t have, and Middle Tennessee thanked the Rocket coaching staff and left with a win.

The Rockets needed to keep moving the chains, the running game was great – more on that in a moment – and they didn’t push it too much as they went for field goals – missing a few of them – and not trying to capture the momentum to take over the game.

Middle Tennessee didn’t do anything crazy, but it kept bringing the defensive pressure, took advantage of the opportunities that were there, and got the win.

It helped the cause that …

4. Toledo stopped running the ball

Bryant Koback was ripping through the Blue Raiders.

The Toledo back ran for 126 yards and averaged seven yards per carry, but he only had 18 carries. QB Dequan Finn was running well when he got his chances. The ground attack overall averaged 7.3 yards per carry, and yet the offense stopped going with what worked.

Toledo finished with just 32 carries, Finn completed just 18-of-39 passes, and it all played right into Middle Tennessee’s defensive strengths.

Toledo needed to keep running and running and running, and it didn’t, and it lost control of your 2021 Bahamas Bowl.

3. Middle Tennessee got it done without having to be Middle Tennessee

Toledo came into this as the most penalized team in the country, and it didn’t disappoint with 12 for 119 yards – including a big one early that led to a touchdown.

Middle Tennessee came into this as the best team in the country at taking the ball away, but it only got one, it came late, and it didn’t really need it.

The Blue Raiders were able to win with ball control, timely plays, and again, with an aggressive nature that Toledo didn’t have.


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2. Toledo just never found its footing

Toledo piled up a good 7-5 record with wins over a whole slew of bad teams, but it also pushed Notre Dame. It rocked a flaky Western Michigan squad, and it managed to go 4-1 over the final stretch to overcome a disappointing season – this was a MAC Championship-caliber team on talent – with a shot at ending with something strong.

Instead, the passing game didn’t work until late, the double-digit favorite lost, and it’s a fourth straight bowl loss for head coach Jason Candle.

The team is loaded for next year, but the pressure is on. Toledo should be – and should’ve been – must stronger than this Bahamas Bowl loss.

1. Middle Tennessee has its quarterback … maybe

Chase Cunningham was the star of the Blue Raiders before suffering a knee injury with four games left, and freshman Nick Vattiato burned his redshirt year to carry the team down the stretch.

He doesn’t run, he’s not big, and he had interception issues, but he didn’t throw any picks, he went for 270 yards and two touchdowns – including the game-sealer – and he left the running to Mike DiLello, who stepped in and ran for 44 yards and a score – but threw an interception.

Middle Tennessee finishes at 7-6 with a great finish after a 2-4 start to the season. After two straight losing seasons, it was a great way to close things out for a program with a big upside for 2022.

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Toledo vs Middle Tennessee: Bahamas Bowl Prediction, Game Preview

Bahamas Bowl: Toledo vs Middle Tennessee prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might or might not win.

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Date: Friday, December 17
Game Time: 12:00 pm ET
Venue: Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
Network: ESPN, Live stream on ESPN+
Records: Middle Tennessee (6-6), Toledo (7-5)
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It wasn’t the season Toledo was hoping for. It came into the year with enough talent to win the MAC Championship, but after a rough start it got hot late with three straight wins to close things out thanks to the league’s best defense and an offense that scored 49 points in three of its last four games.

A strange team, Toledo got flagged more than anyone in America, but it made up for the mistakes by leading the nation with the fewest turnovers. The small things mattered – four of the five losses were by three points or fewer. Now the team that gave the ball up less than anyone faces the team that led the nation in takeaways.

Middle Tennessee sputtered early, but turned things around in the middle of the season. Just as it looked like it was about to make a move, it lost star QB Chase Cunningham for the season before the final month.

The Blue Raider offense picked it up with a decent balance, the defense kept taking the ball away, and the two wins in the final three games – including a clutch performance at Florida Atlantic to get bowl eligible – were enough to get here.

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Florida Atlantic vs Middle Tennessee Prediction, Game Preview

Florida Atlantic vs Middle Tennessee prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win this Saturday.

Florida Atlantic vs Middle Tennessee prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, November 27


Florida Atlantic vs Middle Tennessee How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 27
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL
How To Watch: Stadium
Record: Florida Atlantic (5-6), Middle Tennessee (5-6)
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Why Middle Tennessee Will Win

It’s just this simple. Take the ball away and – usually – win, don’t take the ball away and lose.

Duh – that’s life for a whole lot of teams, but turnovers mean something extra for Middle Tennessee.

The Blue Raiders continue to lead the nation in takeaways, coming up with 29 on the year with five in the win over Southern Miss, four against FIU, and 21 in the last seven games.

The loss to Liberty was the only time since September that they didn’t win after generating a takeaway.

On the other side, Florida Atlantic’s offense has stalled. It hasn’t totally collapsed, but it’s struggling to score – it hasn’t pushed past 17 in any of the last three games – and …

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Why Florida Atlantic Will Win

Florida Atlantic doesn’t really have a turnover issue.

It has big problems in a whole slew of areas, but it’s been able to control the turnover margin. Even when it gives the ball away – like it has over the last few games – with five turnovers in the last two – the defense makes up for it.

The Owls haven’t been in the negative turnover margin since early October.

Not, the offense hasn’t been great, but the Middle Tennessee attack hasn’t been consistent enough.

At home, as long as the FAU running game can get in control of the game, everything else should work.

The Owls are 4-1 in Boca Raton with the only loss coming to Marshall.

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What’s Going To Happen

So it’s an interesting situation.

Both teams are 5-6, but there probably won’t be enough bowl eligible teams. If that’s the case, the schools with five-win football teams get in based on the Academic Progress Rate, and Middle Tennessee should be right there in the mix.

So if Florida Atlantic wins, both teams will likely go bowling. If Middle Tennessee wins, FAU will be out.

Middle Tennessee’s offense will stall just enough on the road – it’s not quite the same against good teams without starter Chase Cunningham – and the Owls will own home once again.

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Florida Atlantic vs Middle Tennessee Prediction, Lines

Florida Atlantic 24, Middle Tennessee 20
Line: Florida Atlantic -3.5, o/u: 50
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1

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Old Dominion vs Middle Tennessee Prediction, Game Preview

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Old Dominion vs Middle Tennessee prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, November 20


Old Dominion vs Middle Tennessee How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 20
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN
How To Watch: ESPN+
Record: Old Dominion (4-6), Middle Tennessee (5-5)
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Why Old Dominion Will Win

Who’s the hottest team in Conference USA?

It’s WKU and UTSA, but all of a sudden, Old Dominion has become a player with three straight wins with a stunner over Florida Atlantic. Now the team can get bowl eligible with wins over Middle Tennessee this week and Charlotte to close.

What is it doing right? The passing game has improved, the defense has been solid, and to be obvious, the schedule has been easier. FAU was a great win, but all six of the losses were supposed to happen.

Middle Tennessee kicked its own offense back in against a miserable FIU team, but the O is struggling to get to 300 yards on a consistent basis. However …

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Why Middle Tennessee Will Win

After taking a week off in the blowout loss to WKU, the defense cranked up the turnover train again.

The best in the nation in takeaways, the D forced four FIU turnovers last week and came up with 21 in the the last six games – and that’s without coming up with any against WKU.

Old Dominion is doing a whole lot of things right, but it also turns the ball over on a consistent basis with two or more in each of the last seven games. It’s going to give it up at least twice in this and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Middle Tennessee QB Nicholas Vattiato appears to have settled in. In place of injured starter Chase Cunningham, Vattiato completed 20-of-24 passes for 147 yards and two scores against FIU – and with no picks.

He gave up five interceptions in the loss to WKU, but Old Dominion doesn’t take the ball away. As long as the Blue Raider running game can work a wee bit against the solid Monarch defensive front, and as long as there aren’t any forced throws, the D should be able to take care of the rest to get the team bowl eligible.

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Old Dominion vs Middle Tennessee Prediction, Lines

Middle Tennessee 26, Old Dominion 20
Line: Middle Tennessee -4, o/u: 50
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5

Must See Rating: 2.5

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FIU vs Middle Tennessee Prediction, Game Preview

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FIU vs Middle Tennessee prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, November 13


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Date: Saturday, November 13
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN
How To Watch: ESPN3
Record: FIU (1-8), Middle Tennessee (4-5)
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Why FIU Will Win

The offense continues to be fun.

It’s not consistent, and it doesn’t move the chains well enough, but there’s a passing game Middle Tennessee has to worry about. The Golden Panthers have thrown for 260 yards or more in five of the last six games, and they’re about to push for 300 yards because they’ll have to.

They bomb deep – they’re averaging close to 17 yards per throw – and Middle Tennessee doesn’t have the pop with a new quarterback after losing Chase Cunningham a few weeks ago.

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Why Middle Tennessee Will Win

Just win the turnover battle.

The Blue Raiders couldn’t force enough mistakes to matter against WKU in a 48-21 loss, and it was the opposite. They lead the nation with 25 takeaways, but they didn’t come up with any last week and they turned it over seven times.
Fortunately, they’re going against a defense that never, ever takes the ball away – FIU has only come up with six takeaways.

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What’s Going To Happen

Can this be when FIU finally gets its first win over an FBS team?

Middle Tennessee has turned the ball over 11 times in the last two games, but the D was able to make up for it in the win over Southern Miss. In this, run, run, run, don’t take any deep shots, and assume the pass defense will come up with enough takeaways to matter.

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FIU vs Middle Tennessee Prediction, Lines

Middle Tennessee 34, FIU 27
Line: Middle Tennessee -10, o/u: 56
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

Must See Rating: 2

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10 Best College Football Predictions Against The Spread: Week 11. Going West

What are the 10 best college football predictions against the spread? This week we go West for some of the more interesting predictions of the week.

What college football games appear to be the best bets and the best picks against the spread going into Week 11? This week we go West for some of the more interesting predictions of the week.


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Results So Far ATS: 62-48-1

After a rocky run it’s time for a road trip to shake things up a bit.

This week we go west for most of the 10 best predictions against the spread. There’s a reason for this – there are a TON of good-looking matchups – Nevada shouldn’t be an underdog against San Diego State and Utah State will probably beat San Jose State outright.

But first come the tried and true foundation selections.

While the picks have been up-and-down over the last few weeks – fewer games to choose from and less big spreads to exploit like there are in September – the overall record is still solid because of four core beliefs.

If you’ve been with the program, you know by now that …

1. Always go over on a point total in the mid-30s. Too many things can go right, unless it’s Army-Air Force, which once again proved to defy all laws of logic and reason.

2. Always go under on a point total in the mid-70s. Too many things can go wrong, like a torrential downpour late in the Pitt-North Carolina game.

3. Always take the underdog if it’s getting 45 points or more. Games can be blowouts without being brutal.

Over the long haul, if you stick with those three principles you should be okay – as long as you’re using good judgment, like going over on the Wednesday night Central Michigan-Kent State insanity.

Two of the three are foundations are represented this week, and there’s a fourth tried and true belief that – if you’ve been with this all year – has done you a big-time solid.

We kickoff our trip out west by making a stop at the fourth core belief for 2021. You ALWAYS go against …

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10. Kansas at Texas

LINE Texas -31
ATS PICK Texas

Full disclosure – I wouldn’t come near this if it didn’t involve Kansas, but as the man said, you dance with the one that brung ya.

Oklahoma couldn’t get the job done against Kansas against the spread a few weeks ago, but that’s been it. 1-8 ATS – including not covering the +24 in a 35-10 loss to Kansas State last week – to continue an epic heater of a run going back to the beginning of last year.

Texas is a mess.

It completely lost its stuff ever since that fourth down run by Caleb Williams halfway through the loss to Oklahoma. However, as bad as things look, the five teams Texas has lost to – at Arkansas, Oklahoma (in Dallas), Oklahoma State, at Baylor, at Iowa State) are all terrific.

How many times as Kansas lost by more than 31? Three in the last seven games.

Whatever. It’s Kansas, there’s a spread, and we stay on the ride until it stops for good.

So that’s one of the staples. Another foundation pick …

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9. New Mexico State at Alabama

LINE Alabama -51.5
ATS PICK New Mexico State

Besides the gimmicky aspect of always taking the underdogs with a point spread this high, this actually isn’t a bad call.

Of course New Mexico State will get annihilated – it lost 62-10 to Bama back in early 2019, hence the number – but this version can actually score a little bit.

No, it’s not going to keep up, but all you’re looking for are 10-to-14 points, and the Aggies can do that.

Mercer got 14 on this Tide team back in September. Southern Miss got rolled 63-14. Neither one of those games pushed past the 51.5, and New Mexico State is better.

As always with these picks, think of it this way – you’re walking into the stadium up 51-0. It can be a total wipeout – like 63-14 – and you’re fine.

Keeping with the weekly foundations, the over.

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8. Minnesota at Iowa

LINE 37 Point Total
ATS PICK Over

Last week in the exact same spot I said the exact same thing.

Too many things can go right with a low 37 point total, like one team can get the job done all by itself.

Last week here at the 8: Wisconsin 52, Rutgers 3.

Minnesota scored 41 against Northwestern. Before that it scored 34 against Maryland and put up 31 on Nebraska on the way to hitting the 30-point mark six times so far.

The problem is Iowa.

This team just doesn’t score. Something is wrong if you’re beating Northwestern 17-12, and yes, I demanded you go over on the low point total against Wisconsin. Both teams sort of decided they were done early in the fourth of a 27-7 Badger win.

It’s a point total of 37, and it’ll probably drop.

Before going west, two ACC games.

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Middle Tennessee vs WKU Prediction, Game Preview

Middle Tennessee vs WKU prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win this Saturday.

Middle Tennessee vs WKU prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, November 6


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Date: Saturday, November 6
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Houchens Industries LT Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, KY
How To Watch: Stadium
Record: Middle Tennessee (4-4), WKU (4-4)
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Why Middle Tennessee Will Win

The WKU offense is amazing, Middle Tennessee is without its quarterback, and there are several issues with the running game and on the offensive line and …

No. 1 in the nation in turnover margin, No. 1 in the nation in takeaways.

How has the team with so many problems been able to win three of its last four games? Five takeaways against Southern Miss. Three against UConn. Six against Marshall, and 17 in all over the last four games.

The Blue Raider pass defense hasn’t been all that bad, but …

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Why WKU Will Win

The Bailey Zappe thing has worked.

The WKU quarterback is hitting 72% of his passes for over 3,400 yards and 33 touchdowns with just six picks for a passing game that hit 365 yards or more in every game.

Meanwhile, the Middle Tennessee success has been great, but beating UConn and Southern Miss isn’t any big deal. Now it’s about to deal with a Hilltopper defense that’s been solid over the last few weeks and now just has to hold serve because …

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What’s Going To Happen

Blue Raider starting QB Chase Cunningham is out for the season with a leg injury.

There won’t be a whole lot happening through the air from the Blue Raiders, but likely new starter Mike DeLiello can move. The running game will come up with close to 200 yards, the defense will do its part to come up with a few takeaways, and it’ll be just enough to keep this from getting ugly.

WKU will win, but Middle Tennessee will have its moments.

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Middle Tennessee vs WKU Prediction, Lines

WKU 37, Middle Tennessee 26
Line: WKU -17.5, o/u: 67
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3.5

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10 Best College Football Predictions Against The Spread: Week 10. Righting The Wrong

10 best college football predictions against the spread for Week 10, with a whole lot of big calls after an epic weekend of craziness in the betting world.

What college football games appear to be the best bets and the best picks against the spread going into Week 10? After one of the wildest weekends ever, we’re righting the wrong.


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I’m a professional.

I’ve seen it all, done even more, and I know well enough that when a pick goes the wrong way, you have a short memory, brush it off, and move on.

Last week was something … different.

I was already mad that the over didn’t come in my absolute lock of Wisconsin-Iowa at 36.5 – it stalled at 34 when both teams basically quit with 13 minutes to play and had a TON of chances to score.

Fine. It happens.

So Oregon and Cincinnati didn’t play like teams that really want to make big national statements against bad teams. Okay, no big deal.

That didn’t bother me, but Wyoming and San Jose State was going absolutely nowhere – until the Cowboys scored in the final moments to hit the over on the 41.

And then there was the game that will live in infamy.

Everyone had a part of Clemson and Florida State one way or another.

The under on the 48 was supposed to be a rock, all was fine, and … well, you know what happened.

I literally had to take a walk around the block on that one.

But that’s the deal. This is the life we’ve chosen. The belief systems are sound, you don’t stray from what you know to be right, and that’s why these picks are all correct.

I think.

We deserve it after the Death Valley Disaster.

So how do we get over this? We start with a pick that I know in my heart is probably wrong, but …

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10. Wake Forest at North Carolina

LINE 77 Point Total
ATS PICK Under

This pick is wrong, but a man is nothing without his principles.

When finalizing the picks in the game previews, I always go with the score before looking at the lines – I don’t want to be influenced one way or the other.

In this, we went with a shootout that goes just over the 77-point total. But if you’ve been with this piece all year, you know that over the long haul, if you do the same thing every time you will be up if …

You ALWAYS go under on a massive point total of 80 or more, and 77 is close enough.

Wake Forest games are wild, North Carolina has thrown a couple of 59 spots on the board, but – and there are no such things as jinxes or curses … I think – we’ve nailed this dead-cold this year when going with the unders on massive totals.

Like the under on Wake Forest-Duke last week, which came at 51 on the 71.5.

As always, if it’s wrong, then you’re paying for the entertainment of a wild game, and enjoy the show.

(Everyone, now take a deep breath, because we’re diving right back in and about to right a horrible, horrible wrong.)

If you have kids around, please don’t let them look at this NSFW pick …

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9. Clemson at Louisville

LINE 46.5 Point Total
ATS PICK Under

Yeah, this is an all-timer YOU OWE ME, WORLD of a chaser, but like Clemson -4, and if it’s not too soon for you – I still have leftover trays of meats and cheeses sent to me by close friends and acquaintances after the day of mourning – go back in on the point total.

We were right. We were ALL right.

Of course the under was the play last week on Florida State-Clemson.

OF COURSE it was.

It took an all-timer of a final play – brilliantly broken down by Scott and Steve on their Bad Beats segment – for us to lose that.

The pick didn’t come in. It doesn’t mean we were necessarily wrong, and the same belief still holds.

Clemson games are really, really, really low scoring. Take out that putrid late touchdown, and the Tigers scored 23 points or fewer in every FBS game.

The Louisville defense isn’t playing that poorly, and the offense only came up with 13 on NC State. It’s not likely to crank it up in the high 20s here.

While we’re purging all of last week’s pain and suffering by begging for more of it, let’s go with another before moving on to more mature picks for serious people.

Wisconsin, let’s go.

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8. Wisconsin at Rutgers

LINE 37 Point Total
ATS PICK Over

It’s the SAME thing.

It took something catastrophic to lose the Florida State-Clemson point total, and it took something totally weird to get the Iowa-Wisconsin total wrong.

Just like you always go under on the massive point totals, you always go over on the puny ones. Too many things can go right, and in this, there’s one thing that might really make this work.

Wisconsin could hit the 37 all by itself.

The Badger offense is still awful, and it would be more than happy to get up 23-3 and sit on the ball for the last half hour of the game.

I know, three of the last four Wisconsin games haven’t hit 35, much less 38. I know, the last two Rutgers games made college football sad – and they didn’t get to 35, either.

Michigan State scored 31 on Rutgers. Ohio State got to 52.

Fiiiiiiiiiine, the under is the smart, sensible call considering how amazing the Badger D is, but all you’re asking for is 27-10 to get there, and anything else to go over.

Never let a point total of 37 go to waste.

Next, a point total that shouldn’t be right, and if it is, it’s not your fault …

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Southern Miss at Middle Tennessee Prediction, Game Preview

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Southern Miss at Middle Tennessee prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, October 30


Southern Miss at Middle Tennessee How To Watch

Date: Saturday, October 30
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN
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Record: Southern Miss (1-6), Middle Tennessee (3-4)
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Southern Miss vs Middle Tennessee Game Preview


Why Southern Miss Will Win

The defense hasn’t been all that bad.

It’s not the rock it needs to be – especially against the run – but it’s not the overall problem. It hasn’t allowed more than 400 yards in six of the seven games – Alabama is the only team to go off – and it should be good enough to keep the Middle Tennessee attack from taking over the game.

The Blue Raiders don’t do much on the ground and the O overall averages 350 yards per game. The Golden Eagle defensive front should make things happen behind the line, but …

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Why Middle Tennessee Will Win

Yeah, the Southern Miss offense. It’s a problem.

The running game would be the statistically worst in America by far if it didn’t go off against Grambling. It hasn’t hit 100 yards in any of the last five games, and the passing game isn’t steady enough to pick up the slack.

Southern Miss came up with a grand total of 107 yards of total offense in the loss to UAB two weeks ago.

Middle Tennessee leads the nation in turnover margin, the defensive front will live in the Southern Miss backfield, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

It’s not going to take much for the Blue Raiders to take over, and they’ll do it on the ground.

They’d like to be balanced, but the Southern Miss run defense has been a problem over the last month allowing over 200 yards in three of the last four games. It’ll be a third win in the last four games for a surging Middle Tennessee team that stays alive in the chase for a bowl bid.

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Southern Miss vs Middle Tennessee Prediction, Lines

Middle Tennessee 30, Southern Miss 16
Line: Middle Tennessee -13.5, o/u: 48
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

Must See Rating: 2

5: The French Dispatch
1: Finch

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Middle Tennessee vs UConn Prediction, Game Preview

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs UConn Huskies prediction, game preview, how to watch: Friday, October 22

Middle Tennessee vs UConn prediction, game preview, how to watch: Friday, October 22


Middle Tennessee vs UConn How To Watch

Date: Friday, October 22
Game Time: 6:00 ET
Venue: Pratt & Whitney Stadium, East Hartford, CT
How To Watch: CBS Sports Network
Record: Middle Tennessee (2-4), UConn (1-7)
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Why Middle Tennessee Will Win

The offense is inconsistent, the defense is spotty, and the team is having a hard time coming up with the big offensive plays at the right times, and …

Takeaways, takeaways, takeaways. They keep on coming.

The Blue Raiders lead the nation in turnover margin and are second behind Iowa with 17 takeaways on the year. They generated six in the shocking win over Marshall, and followed it up with three in last week’s blowout loss to Liberty.

UConn doesn’t have a massive turnover issue, but it gave it up three times in the loss to UMass, four times in the loss to Holy Cross, and it’s going to force things to try to stay in the game, but …

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Why UConn Will Win

Middle Tennessee isn’t getting good enough players from the lines.

The running game is sputtering – to be kind – the run defense isn’t good enough, and while there’s just enough pressure being generated to force mistakes, the secondary is still getting hit way too hard.

UConn has hardly been ale to crank up the offensive production, but it came brutally close to beating Vanderbilt and Wyoming, lost to UMass mainly because the team had covid issues, and it’s coming off a win over Yale.

The team is finding ways to stay in games, but …

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What’s Going To Happen

Middle Tennessee’s offense take over with a little help from the other side.

Give UConn credit. The defense has tightened up in a big way over the last month, but Blue Raider Chase Cunningham isn’t making a whole lot of big mistakes, the passing game should click early on, and the O will take advantage of three UConn turnovers to pull away as the game goes on.

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Middle Tennessee vs UConn Prediction, Line

Middle Tennessee 34, UConn 21
Line: Middle Tennessee -15.5, o/u: 56
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

Must See Rating: 2

5: Succession
1: Dancing with the Stars: Grease Night

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