Breaking Down the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Win Total
2020-05-14 11:30:00 EDT
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will be looking to add a few more wins and get themselves to a bowl game in the 2020 college football season.
Middle Tennessee is coming off a pretty tepid football campaign in 2019. The Raiders finished at 4-8 overall and 3-5 in Conference USA play, landing in fifth place in the East Division and out of bowl contention. In 2020, Middle Tennessee is expected to take a step forward, and the team’s goal will be to qualify for a bowl game and bring home a victory. Check back all season long for free college football picks and college football predictions at Sports Chat Place.
Let’s take a closer look at Middle Tennessee’s current status and break down their chances at hitting six victories this year.
Conference USA play was fairly competitive last season; seven teams finished with winning conference records, then on the second tier five teams turned in 3-5 records, including Middle Tennessee. It was a pretty spotty campaign for the Raiders, and they weren’t able to string together consecutive victories at any point. Outside of a few games (North Texas, Rice and WKU specifically), Middle Tennessee wasn’t all that competitive in their losses either. Still, a few late-game decisions prevented the Raiders from becoming bowl-eligible.
The good news for Middle Tennessee is that they’re returning an experienced coaching staff, including Rick Stockstill in his 15th season. He’ll be joined by OC Tony Franklin in his fifth year, and DC Scott Shafer in his fourth year. Looking at the offense specifically, we should be in for a pretty solid set of numbers. QB Asher O’Hara showed some promise last year on 2,616 pass yards, 20 pass TDs, 1,058 rushing yards (team-high) and nine rush scores. Middle Tennessee has a good-looking group of backs and receivers to supplement the quarterback play this season, so things are looking up on that side of the ball.
Schedule-wise, there are a lot of ways Middle Tennessee’s season could play out. The Raiders start with a tricky trip to Duke in the opener, then have Virginia Tech a couple of weeks later. There are a few key home games in the next stretch: WKU, North Texas and Charlotte, and the road games in that area are manageable overall. This is on-paper speculation, but Middle Tennessee could be competing for a division title at season’s end if things break right.
Pick: I like the over here. I’m a little higher on Middle Tennessee than I am most of the other CUSA teams, but the Raiders seem to have a solid foundation (especially on offense) and an experienced coaching staff who can help them play to their capabilities. Provided Middle Tennessee can escape that early stretch with only a loss or two, they’ll be in great position to make a conference run as the season draws to a close.
2020 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Football Schedule
Day, Date Opponent
Saturday, September 5 at Duke
Saturday, September 12 Indiana State
Saturday, September 19 Virginia Tech
Saturday, September 26 at Old Dominion
Saturday, October 3 Western Kentucky
Saturday, October 10 at FIU
Saturday, October 17 North Texas
Saturday, October 24 at Rice
Saturday, October 31 OPEN
Saturday, November 7 Charlotte
Saturday, November 14 at Marshall
Saturday, November 21 at UConn
Saturday, November 28 Florida Atlantic
Saturday, December 5 C-USA Championship