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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Florida International Golden Panthers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 11/9/13

Florida International Golden Panthers (1-7) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (5-4)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm (Floyd Stadium)

The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -15 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX College Sports

The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders host the Florida International Golden Panthers Saturday.

The Golden Panthers inaugaral season in the CUSA hasn't been one for the scrapbooks and their 1-7 record says as much. Not enough scoring and too much scoring by the opposition sums up the year with both trends continuing in a 34-13 defeat at the hands of visiting East Carolina. Florida International simply struggled to move the chains with 267 yards but some how held the ball for over 40 minutes which proved TOP can be over rated. The rushing attack totaled just 73 yards with Lamarq Caldwell running for a game high 53 yards on ten carries. That wasn't enough to do much damage on the scoreboard and the passing of EJ Hilliard couldn't find the end zone either. Hilliard completed 21-33 for 194 yards and an interception while ECU scored every time they sniffed the end zone.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Florida International Golden Panthers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 11/9/13

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Middle Tennessee State has three games left on their schedule and none of them have a winning record so a postseason berth has to be part of the thinking. I would say consistency is something this team needs to work on with a boost in scoring being a big help with their defense not being the toughest around. Ironically the defense came up big in a 24-21 victory over Alabama-Birminghamas this unit held a capable Blazers defense to 356 yards with the offense totaling 429 yards. MTSU did the majority of their damage on the ground with 259 yards and over 7 1/2 yards per touch with Reggie Whatley leading the way with 155 yards on 15 tries with Jeremiah Bryson adding another 57 yards on ten carries. Logan Kilgore struggled at times through the air with an 11-22 performance producing 170 yards with a pair of touchdowns and an interception.

Middle Tennessee State is a tough team to nail down for me and I guess it's because I can't figure out Kilgore. Do I think they should be huge favorites? No, but I believe it's MTSU or walk away and I wouldn't blame you if you chose the latter...

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