Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (6-4) at Charlotte 49ers (4-6)
College Football: Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Jerry Richardson Stadium)
The Line: Charlotte 49ers +4 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and Charlotte 49ers meet Saturday in a C-USA college football game at McColl-Richardson Field on ESPN3.
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders look for their fifth road win of the season to snap back-to-back losses. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have won six of their last eight road games. Brent Stockstill is completing 63.9 percent of his passes for 2,801 yards, 27 touchdowns and five interceptions. Stockstill has two or more touchdown passes in 10 of his last 12 games. Richie James and I'Tavius Mathers have combined for 1,763 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Ty Lee has 46 receptions. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders ground game is averaging 166.8 yards per contest, and Mathers leads the way with 1,190 yards and 13 touchdowns. Defensively, Middle Tennessee is allowing 32.6 points and 435.1 yards per game. Chris Melton leads the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders with 75 tackles, Raynard Felton has 2.5 sacks and Charvarius Ward has two interceptions.
The Charlotte 49ers look for a victory after losing their last four home games. The Charlotte 49ers need to win their last two games in order to become bowl eligible. Hasaan Klugh is completing 59.4 percent of his passes for 971 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions. Klugh and Kevin Olsen have combined for 14 touchdown passes this season. Austin Duke and T.L. Ford II have combined for 989 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Workpeh Kofa has 21 receptions. The Charlotte 49ers ground game is averaging 194.2 yards per contest, and Kalif Phillips leads the way with 828 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Charlotte is allowing 34.4 points and 444.8 yards per game. Nick Cook leads the Charlotte 49ers with 90 tackles, Larry Ogunjobi has 2.5 sacks and Terrance Winchester has three interceptions.
The Blue Raiders are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS loss and 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The 49ers are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 4-1 in 49ers last 5 games overall and the over is 4-1 in Blue Raiders last 5 games overall.
Charlotte is still playing for a possible bowl game and there's going to be a lot of emotion with it being the seniors last home contest. However, there's no denying the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are the better team here and are proven on the road. It's also hard to ignore Middle Tennessee beat Charlotte 73-14 last season. The Blue Raiders and the small chalk is a strong play here, as the 49ers are likely in over their head once again.