Armed Forces Bowl Navy Midshipmen vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/30/13
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (8-4) at Navy Midshipmen (8-4)
College Football: Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:45 am (Amon Carter Stadium)
The Line: Navy Midshipmen -6 -- Over/Under: 60 See the Latest Odds
The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders face the option of the Navy Midshipmen in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.
Middle Tennessee State's first season in the CUSA was a good one with a 6-2 conference mark with Marshall and East Carolina at the top of the East Division. The Blue Raiders were one of the hottest teams in the league as they ended the regular season on a 5-0 run behind outstanding performances on both sides of the ball. Overall the defense gave up over 400 yards but a manageable 26 points while scoring 31 points on 415 yards with an above average rushing attack producing 207 yards. Logan Kilgore completed 61% of his throws for 2,289 yards for 16 scores and and eleven picks with Tavarres Jefferson and Marcus Henry combining for 1,060 yards on 77 receptions. Jordan Parker paced the running game with 727 yards followed by Reggie Whatley with 631 yards with the rest of the team adding over 1,000 yards.
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This might be the best Navy team we've seen in several years with a decent defense and terrific running the winning formula. Obviously putting the ball in the air didn't happen a lot but the number two running game in the land made up for it with 324 yards that led to 34 points. The defense was mostly an afterthought but kept things competitive on 402 yards and 26 points. Keenan Reynolds didn't throw much but could be effective with a 1,038 yards with eight scores and a pair of interceptions on around 54% completions. Four players totaled between 150-220 yards in receptions which was good because the option was generally clicking on all cylinders. Reynolds was the star on the ground with 1,260 yards on 280 totes and a whopping 29 touchdowns with seven others posting between 263-400 yards so there was no shortage of production.
The over seems low and almost too obvious with Navy being able to run but struggling to stop MTSU through the air. Right now I'll take the Middies and finalize by game day which seems to work well...