Charlotte 49ers (2-0) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (1-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 19, 2015, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -21 -- Over/Under: 60
The upstart Charlotte 49ers shoot for a perfect start to the season with a trip to face the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders.
The Charlotte 49ers first season in the FBS have gone perfectly with a 34-10 win versus FCS Presbyterian giving the team a 2-0 record. This was a complete mismatch as the Blue Hose trailed 34-0 before the foot was taken off their throats in the 4th. The 49ers held their FCS foe to only 112 yards and nine passing yards while rolling up 468 yards and subbing early. Matt Johnson threw for 187 yard and a pair of touchdowns with Austin Duke being the top receiving option with nine receptions for 166 yards and a score. Andrew Buie led Charlotte on the ground with 80 yards on 12 totes with Kalif Phillips totaling 53 yards and a TD on eight carries.
After beating Jacksonville State by 56 points to open the year the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders found the going tougher in a 37-10 defeat at Alabama in week two. The Crimson Tide rolled up 532 yards and eliminated the Blue Raiders rushing attack. MTSU was held to 275 yards and committed four turnovers along with eight penalties. The Middle Tennessee State offense was whatever quarterback Brent Stockstill could muster and that was 174 passing yards with an interception and a team high 29 rushing yards on five attempts. Richie James gave the Blue Raiders a viable receiving option with ten receptions for 95 yards but production was slim otherwise.
The over is 3-0-1 in Blue Raiders last 4 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game while the Blue Raiders are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in September and are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 conference games. The 49ers undefeated season will come to an end on Saturday and the only question will be by how much. For now I’ll take the points and keep an eye on the line…