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Kentucky vs. Middle Tennessee - 11/17/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (7-3) at Kentucky Wildcats (7-2)
Date & Time Saturday November 17, 2018, 12:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -14 -- Over/Under:
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CFB | Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (7-3) at Kentucky Wildcats (7-2)
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The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders and the Kentucky Wildcats meet in college football action from Kroger Field in Lexington, KY on Saturday afternoon.

The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders will look to add a big road win to their current 4 game winning streak following a 48-32 win over UTEP in their last outing. Brent Stockstill has thrown for 2,287 yards, 21 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 68.6% passing, while Chaton Mobley leads the Blue Raiders on the ground with 390 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns. Ty Lee leads the Blue Raiders’ receiving corps with 51 grabs for 621 yards and 5 touchdowns while Patrick Smith has 42 catches for 433 yards and 5 scores of his own. As a team, Middle Tennessee is averaging 380.9 yards of total offense to go along with 30.4 points per game this season.

The Kentucky Wildcats will look to rebound from back-to-back losses following a 24-7 setback at the hands of Tennessee last time out. Terry Wilson has thrown for 1,386 yards, 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions on 66.7% passing while Benny Snell Jr. has rushed for 1,114 yards and 10 touchdowns this year. Lynn Bowden Jr. leads the Wildcats’ receiving corps with 55 catches for 566 yards and 3 receiving touchdowns this season. As a team, Kentucky is averaging 350.3 yards of total offense to go along with 22.9 points per game this season.

Middle Tennessee is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against the SEC and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 non-conference games. Kentucky is 3-13 ATS in their last 16 non-conference games and 8-22 ATS in their last 30 home games while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall.

Middle Tennessee has struggled against the SEC in the past, but this could be a game where things turn for the Blue Raiders. MTSU is playing some solid football right now, putting up at least 29 points in each of their last 3 games. Kentucky is reeling after back-to-back losses, and while you feel that the Wildcats are due, one has to wonder if they have enough offensively to keep up with Middle Tennessee if the Blue Raiders get going. All in all, I think this is a game that Middle Tennessee can keep close, so I’ll take the Blue Raiders and the points here.

Pick:
Middle Tennessee +14

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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