Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Pick-Odds-Prediction - 11/23/13
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (6-4) at Southern Miss Golden Eagles (0-10)
College Football: Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm (MM Roberts Stadium)
The Line: Southern Miss Golden Eagles +20.5 -- Over/Under: 55 See the Latest Odds
The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders visit M.M. Roberts Stadium to face the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles.
Middle Tennessee's first season has been a good one so far and will be a great one if they don't fall off the map in their last two contests. The Blue Raiders have turned the season around with three straight victories following a 48-0 blow out of Florida International. Both sides of the ball came together nicely with a 556-233 advantage in real estate split almost equally between the air and ground. The Golden Panthers were just the opposite with nothing going well while MTSU recorded a pick six and recovered three fumbles. The rushing attack totaled 249 yards with Shane Tucker leading six runners with 95 yards and a pair of TD's while Logan Kilgore was near perfect in the air with a 17-20 effort going for 269 yards and a score.
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It's been another tough year for the Southern Mississippi football program that a few short years ago was a top 20 calber squad. Obviously that talent base is gone and their 0-10 record says as much. It also says this team has struggled to score and keep the opposition from scoring with both trends continuing in a 41-7 defeat to visiting Florida Atlantic. The Owls jumped to a 27-0 lead after two quarters and never looked back with the USM offense held to 189 yards with three turnovers including a 61 yard pick six. The Golden Eagles needed a time consuming ground game but no luck in that department with under 50 yards. Nick Mullens and the passing game became the focus of the FAU defense and that turned in to a 12-37 performance for 169 yards with a pair of interceptions.
When you look at the numbers we say Middle Tennessee should win going away but this team isn't good on the road. I do struggle with this team at times and the spread would scare me if they were facing a high school team...