Troy Trojans (0-0) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (0-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Johnny (Red) Floyd Stadium)
The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders +4.5 -- Over/Under: 64 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Troy Trojans and the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders meet Saturday in college football action from Floyd Stadium.
This will be Troy’s first action of the 2020 season. The Trojans are coming off a dim 5-7 overall record last year, going 3-5 in Sun Belt play. That result left Troy just one spot out of the basement in the East Division. As for Middle Tennessee, their first game didn’t go so well, as they were dispatched by Army 42-0 in blowout fashion back on September 5. Check back all season long for free college football picks and college football predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Trojans fell quite a ways from their solid 2018 run last season, despite coming out of the gate at 2-1. Troy would lose six of their final nine games to end up 5-7, and only three Sun Belt teams had a worse conference record than the Trojans’ 3-5 mark. This year marks the second season of the coaching staff, anchored by head coach Chip Lindsey, offensive coordinator Ryan Pugh and defensive coordinator Brandon Hall.
Over on the Middle Tennessee side, they fared even worse in 2019, stumbling to a 4-8 finish with a 3-5 Conference USA tally. That put the Blue Raiders in fifth place in the East Division and out of a bowl bid.
2020 didn’t start out so well for Middle Tennessee either. The Raiders coughed up 21 points in both the first and second halves, and couldn’t get into the end zone in the 42-0 loss. Quarterback Asher O’Hara went 9-of-14 for 46 yards and two interceptions, while Chaton Mobley had 27 yards on five carries. Jarrin Pierce was the top receiver for Middle Tennessee with 33 yards on four catches.
The Trojans are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games in September and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 versus a team with a losing record. Troy is 2-7 ATS in the last nine games on turf and 1-4 ATS in their last five road games.
Meanwhile, the Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last five games as a home underdog and 0-4 ATS in their last four games in September. Middle Tennessee is 0-4 ATS in their last four non-conference games and 5-2-1 ATS in the last eight versus the Sun Belt.
Pick: I’m leaning Middle Tennessee, but in reality staying away from this one. The Blue Raiders were supposed to be semi-competitive in the season-opening game versus Army, but completely laid an egg in almost every phase. The team needs to regroup and get back on track here. Middle Tennessee does have some talent on the roster and is a better team than they looked like in Week 1, but it may take a few games to see it.