Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at UTSA Roadrunners - 9/25/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (0-2) at UTSA Roadrunners (2-0)
College Football: Friday, September 25, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Alamodome)
The Line: UTSA Roadrunners -6.5 -- Over/Under: 59.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will travel to the Alamodome to take on the UTSA Roadrunners this Friday night in College Football action.
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders dropped to 0-2 (0-0 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the Troy Trojans, 47-14, this past Saturday. Middle Tennessee was hoping for a strong bounce back effort after being shutout by Army in their season opener, 42-0, but had no answers for the Trojans, who cruised to victory in the 2nd half after going into halftime with a 26-7 lead. Middle Tennessee was outgained by a 496-241 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 3-2 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Blue Raiders was WE Jarrin Pierce who has 11 receptions for 81 yards.
On the season, Middle Tennessee is averaging 7.0 ppg on 212.5 total yards per game (131.5 passing yds/g; 81 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Middle Tennessee is led by their duel-threat QB, Asher O’Hara who has completed 67.6% of his passes for 155 yards & 3 INT. O’Hara leads the team in rushing, as he has 63 yards and a TD on 24 carries. Middle Tennessee also has more of a traditional QB in Chase Cunningham who has completed 9 of 17 passes this season for 73 yards & 2 INT. The top receiving targets for the Blue Raiders have been Jarrin Pierce (15 rec, 114 yards), Jaylin Lane (2 rec, 38 yards, TD), and CJ Windham (5 rec, 24 yards). Contributing to the Middle Tennessee backfield has been Frank Peasant (7 att, 40 yards), Chaton Mobley (6 att, 28 yards), and Jayy McDonald (6 att, 24 yards).
Defensively, Middle Tennessee is allowing their opponents to average 44.5 ppg on 432.0 total yards per game (142.0 passing yds/g; 290.0 rushing yds/g).
The UTSA Roadrunners improved to 2-0 (0-0 C-USA) on the season after defeating the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, 24-10, this past Saturday. UTSA had no trouble piling up the yards against the Stephen F. Austin defense and put the game away after a Frank Harris 23-yard TD run gave the Roadrunners a double-digit lead with just 7:08 left in regulation. UTSA outgained Stephen F. Austin by a 498-344 margin and limited the Lumberjacks to just 15 first downs in the victory. Leading the way for the Roadrunners was QB Frank Harris who completed 23 of 36 passes for 269 yards, 1 TD, & 1 INT, while also gaining 104 yards & 2 TD’s on the ground.
On the season, UTSA is averaging 37.5 ppg on 498.5 total yards per game (279.5 rushing yds/g; 219.0 passing yds/g). Offensively, UTSA has been led by QB Frank Harris who has completed 68.7% of his passes for 438 yards, 2 TD & 1 INT. Harris is also a major threat on the ground as he has 155 rushing yards and 5 TD’s on 28 carries. The top receiving threats for the Roadrunners have been Joshua Cephus (14 rec, 133 yards, 2 TD), Brennon Dingle (7 rec, 96 yards), and Sheldon Jones (6 rec, 68 yards). Leading the way for the UTSA backfield has been Sincere McCormick who had 295 yards and a TD on 48 carries.
Defensively, UTSA is allowing their opponents to average 29.0 ppg on 409.0 total yards per game (317.0 passing yds/g; 92.0 rushing yds/g).
The Blue Raiders are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 conference games, however, are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in September. The Roadrunners are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Middle Tennessee looks like they could be in for a long season as the Blue Raiders cannot seem to get anything going in what is usually a decent passing game while also having major issues slowing down their opponents rushing attacks. UTSA can allow some points, however, has been solid agianst the run and I just do not see the Blue Raiders being able to slow down the duo of Frank Clark & Sincere McCormick. The line is about where I thought it was going to me as UTSA needs to cover by less than a TD, I think the Roadrunners are the pick here as I just can't behind a Middle Tennessee team that has shown nothing on either side of the ball so far this season. Good Luck!