It took eight long years and a global pandemic to reunite the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and the Troy Trojans on the football field, but the Floyd Stadium. In fact, Saturday’s game will mark the first of two matchups this season between these former Sun Belt foes, with MTSU visiting Troy on Nov. 21. Click Here to watch College Football Live stream FREE
Troy vs Middle Tennessee Broadcast
Date: Saturday, September 19
Game Time: 4:00 ET
Venue: Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN
Why Troy Will Win
When we last saw Middle Tennessee, absolutely nothing was working.
Army’s running game was dominating in the 42-0 Knight win, Middle Tennessee couldn’t move the ball a lick, and it was one really, really ugly performance.
Troy hasn’t hit the field yet, but new QB Gunnar Watson has a loaded receiving corps to work with and a good ground game to rely on. Assuming that Middle Tennessee is able to get the offense going again after having time to regroup, the Trojans won’t have any issues whatsoever keeping up
Why Middle Tennessee Will Win.
Can the Troy defense show up?
The Middle Tenn. Blue Raiders have had a week off and are no doubt ready p.m. ET on Saturday at Johnny (Red) Floyd Stadium. Middle Tenn. was 4-8 last year and is coming off of a 42 to nothing loss against the Army West Point Black Knights last week. Meanwhile, Troy struggled last season, ending up 5-7.
A pair of last-season stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: The Blue Raiders ranked 18th worst in the nation with respect to passing average (bottom 87%). To make matters even worse for Middle Tenn., Troy was ninth best in the nation in passing yards per game, finishing the 2019 season with 313.2 on average. It might be a fun afternoon for Troy’s receiving core.
Since the experts predict a defeat, Middle Tenn. will need to dig deep. We’ll soon see whether they can make the experts look bad.
The Trojans are favored by three-points in the latest Middle Tennessee vs. Troy odds from William Hill, and the over-under is set at 64.5. Before entering any Troy vs. Middle Tennessee picks, you’ll want to see the college football predictions from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
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The offense was able to score and score some more, but only to see the defense letdown time and again. The Trojans have a pass rush, but it’s going to be possible to bomb away on the secondary.
The entire Blue Raider team had a bad game. QB Asher O’Hara is too good to struggle that much again, and he should be able to get free against a revamped front four on an overhauled Troy defense. If he’s struggling, Chase Cunningham is a good option who’ll get his shot again – he was one of the few bright spots against Army.
Middle Tennessee isn’t going to finish with 184 yards of total offense again. However …What’s Going To Happen
Troy might have a whole lot of defensive issues, but the offensive side will make up for them with a balanced attack that should be able to keep the pressure on all game long. As long as Watson is steady, the Sun Belt will get another good road win against a Blue Raider team that’s already struggling with injuries.
Troy vs Middle Tennessee Prediction, Line
Troy 35, Middle Tennessee 31
Bet on Troy vs Middle Tennessee with BetMGM
Troy -3.5, o/u: 64.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 2.5
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