Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Texas El Paso Miners Pick-Odds-Prediction - 11/30/13
Texas El Paso Miners (2-9) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (7-4)
College Football: Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 3:45 pm (Floyd Stadium)
The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -21 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Live
The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders play host to the Texas El Paso Miners in week 14.
This has been a disappointing season for Texas El Paso fans with just a pair of wins and a few close defeats. The second half of 2013 has been especially difficult with only 24 points scored in the last four defeats while giving up at least 41 points in the same stretch. I thought the Miners had a shot of staying reasonably close to Tulane in week 13 but was way off with the Green Wave winning 45-3. A 35-3 deficit at the half told us this wasn't going to be the Miners day especially with their run first tendency. UTEP mustered 232 yards and needed a big effort from the backfield which didn't happen with less then 75 rushing yards. The Miners turned to Matt Leftwich and the airwaves but his 13-24 effort for 128 yards was well short.
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Middle Tennessee State has enjoyed a successful first season in the CUSA with a 5-2 mark including a win over Marshall. The Blue Raiders have been peaking at the perfect time with four consecutive victories which will have them Bowling somewhere. Of course the naysayers will bring up that three straight wins have come against the lower tier squads in the conference which is simply how the schedule played out. MTSU took care of business in week 13 in a 42-21 rout of Southern Mississippi on the road behind 418 yards of offense and a pair of pick six's. Shane Tucker paced the rushing attack with 103 yards with a pair of touchdowns with Jeremiah Bryson adding 80 yards. Logan Kilgore was a bit unsteady in the air, going 11-25 for 172 yards and a score.
I'm looking at the numbers each team has put up and I feel more comfortable backing the Blue Raiders. No guarantee with the big spread because this team gave up the back door TD versus Southern Miss but that's how these turn out sometimes...