Middle Tennessee at Missouri Prediction - College Football Picks 9/9/23

Missouri Tigers (1-0) vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (0-1)

Game Info: Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Memorial Stadium at Faurot Field)

Betting Odds: Missouri Tigers -21.5 -- Over/Under: 48.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders will head up to Columbia to take on the Missouri Tigers in non-conference action this Saturday from Memorial Stadium on SEC Network+. Mizzou and MTSU have played twice, with the Blue Raiders taking the most recent meeting in 2006, 51-45.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Preview

Middle Tennessee comes in at 0-1 after opening the season with a 56-7 loss to Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The Blue Raiders were at the Crimson Tide’s mercy as expected, and they’ll attempt to regroup here in another battle with the SEC. The Middle Tennessee offense gained 211 total yards, passing for 211 yards through the air, while rushing for 78 yards on the ground.

MTSU Player Notes

• Sophomore quarterback Nicholas Vattiato did all he could against a fierce Alabama defense, going 21/32 for 127 passing yards, with a touchdown and an interception.

• Freshman back Jekail Middlebrook led the backfield with 32 yards on eight carries.

• Eight Blue Raiders caught multiple passes in Week 1 against Alabama.

• The Middle Tennessee defense allowed 431 yards in the loss to Bama.


Missouri Tigers Preview 

Missouri enters at 1-0 after beginning the season with a 35-10 win over South Dakota at home. The Tigers shut the Coyotes out in the first half, and nearly covered the 26-point spread before allowing a fourth quarter touchdown. The Missouri offense totaled 437 yards of offense, passing for 226 yards, while gaining 211 yards on the ground.

Mizzou Player Notes

Brady Cook returned as the starter for Missouri, and he was pretty good through three quarters of action, going 17/21 for 172 yards and a touchdown, while rushing a score as well..

• Fifth-year senior Cody Schrader led the way with 138 rushing yards, and a touchdown in the win over South Dakota.

• Fellow veteran back Nathaniel Peat added 52 yards on 14 touches and a score against the Coyotes. 

• Sophomore wideout Luther Burden III turned in a strong seven-catch, 96-yard outing in the Week 1 victory.

• The Missouri defense held Middle Tennessee to 2/13 on third downs, while allowing just 194 yards.

Corey’s Free Pick

Missouri looked strong in their home opener, and with fifteenth-ranked Kansas State set to come to town next week for a former Big 12 battle, they’ll be looking to rev things up in their final light matchup on the schedule. The Blue Raiders’ up-tempo style won’t make things easy for the Tigers, and instead of testing the three-score margin, I like targeting the total as both squads should be able to find points, with the hosting handling the heavy lifting. Take the Over for the Mizzou/MTSU matchup.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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