Middle Tennessee at UTSA - 9/18/21 College Football Picks and Prediction

Middle Tennessee at UTSA - 9/18/21 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

UTSA Roadrunners (2-0) vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (1-1)

Game Info: Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 6:00 pm (Alamodome)

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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will travel to the Alamodome to take on the UTSA Roadrunners this Saturday night in College Football action.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders dropped to 1-1 on the season after being defeated by the 19th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies, 35-14, this past Saturday. Middle Tennessee trailed by a 14-7 margin at halftime and could not fight back after a 6-yard rushing TD by Raheem Blackshear gave Virginia Tech a 28-7 lead late in the 3rd quarter. Middle Tennessee was outgained by Virginia Tech by a 383-349 margin while also losing the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin. Leading the way for the Blue Raiders was QB Bailey Hockman who completed 19 of 32 passes for 207 yards, 1 TD, & 1 INT.

On the season, Middle Tennessee is averaging 32.0 ppg on 346.5 total yards per game (265.5 passing yds/g; 81.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Middle Tennessee has been led by QB Bailey Hockman who has completed 66.7% of his passes for 422 yards, 4 TD, & 1 INT. The top receiving threats for Hockman and the Blue Raiders have been Jimmy Marshall (10 rec, 126 yards), Jaylin Lane (8 rec, 121 yards, TD), Jarrin Pierce (7 rec, 78 yards), & CJ Windham (8 rec, 61 yards, 2 TD). Leading the way for the Middle Tennessee backfield has been the duo of Amir Rasul (21 att, 57 yards) & Chaton Mobley (15 att, 44 yards, TD).

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Defensively, Middle Tennessee is allowing their opponents to average 25.0 ppg on 328.5 total yards per game (172.5 passing yds/g; 156.0 rushing yds/g).

The UTSA Roadrunners improved to 2-0 on the season after defeating the Lamar Cardinals, 54-0, this past Saturday night. UTSA dominated Lamar on both ends of the field throughout the game and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 34-0 lead. UTSA outgained Lamar by a 427-122 margin while also winning the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Roadrunners was backup QB Josh Adkins who completed 11 of 13 passes for 134 yards & 2 TD’s.

On the season, UTSA is averaging 45.5 ppg on 462.0 total yards per game (300.5 passing yds/g; 161.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, UTSA is led by RB Sincere McCormick who has rushed for 163 yards & 2 TD’s on 38 carries. QB Frank Harris has completed 70.2% of his passes for 398 yards & 1 TD while also adding a rushing TD. The top receiving threats for the Roadrunners have been Zakhari Franklin (14 rec, 232 yards, 2 TD), Joshua Cephus (12 rec, 124 yards), Case Stoever (2 rec, 84 yards), & De’Corian Clark (5 rec, 81 yards, TD).

Defensively, UTSA is holding their opponents to an average of 15.0 ppg on 267.0 total yards per game (149.5 passing yds/g; 117.5 rushing yds/g).

The Blue Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 conference games. The Roadrunners are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Middle Tennessee had more success offensively than what I expected against Virginia Tech, however, they are going to run in another very good defense in UTSA. UTSA is solid at home and as they should be able to put up points and control the clock behind their rushing attack, led by Sincere McCormick, I think UTSA continues their solid start to their season and do enough to cover this home spread. Good luck!

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Brett’s Pick UTSA Roadrunners -13

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