CFB Picks: Middle Tennessee vs North Texas College Football Picks, Predictions 10/17/20
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North Texas Mean Green (1-2) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (0-4)
College Football: Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Johnny (Red) Floyd Stadium)
The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -7 -- Over/Under: 67.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The North Texas Mean Green and the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders meet Saturday in college football action from Floyd Stadium.
North Texas is sitting at 1-3 so far. The Mean Green opened up with a win over Houston Baptist, but since have lost to SMU, Southern Miss and Charlotte. As for Middle Tennessee, they’re currently 1-4 this year. The Raiders lost their first four games as they stumbled out of the gate, but regrouped for a win over FIU last weekend. Check back all season long for free college football picks and college football predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Mean Green came out strong in their first game, a 57-31 victory over Houston Baptist. The 31 points allowed were a sign of bad defense to come, as North Texas has hemorrhaged points since then. The Green fell 65-35 to SMU, 41-31 to Southern Mississippi and 49-21 to Charlotte.
In the loss to the Niners, North Texas QB Austin Aune put up 382 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. DeAndre Torrey was the lead rusher on 14 carries for 89 yards in that one, and Jaelon Darden had a monster game on 13 catches for 244 yards and three scores.
Over on the Blue Raiders’ side, they’ve been improving steadily since their 42-0 blowout loss to Army in the opener. In the last three games, Middle Tennessee has been competitive: 37-35 versus UTSA, 20-17 versus Western Kentucky and finally a win versus FIU 31-28.
In the win over the Panthers, Middle Tennessee quarterback Asher O’Hara threw for 268 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, also leading the team in rushing with 106 yards and two scores on 23 carries. Tops in receiving for the Blue Raiders in that game was Jarrin Pierce with five grabs for 80 yards and a TD.
The Mean Green are 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 conference games and 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games overall. North Texas is 1-4 ATS in their last five as a road underdog and 5-16 ATS in their last 21 after an ATS loss.
Meanwhile, the Raiders are 5-0 ATS in their last five conference games and 4-0 ATS in their last four games in October. Middle Tennessee is 4-1 ATS in their last five after an ATS win and 5-2 ATS in their last seven overall.
PICK: I’m going with Middle Tennessee here, but realistically I'm probably staying away from this one. North Texas will certainly provide ample opportunities for the Raiders to post points, and this one should be a pretty high-scoring affair. MTSU has looked better offensively over the last few games, and provided the team doesn’t waste too many scoring chances I like the Raiders to set a nice pace here. This should be a competitive and fun one to watch if you like offense.