Location: Johnny Red Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN
Line: NT +24
TV: American Sports Network
Radio: KHYI 95.3 FM KNTU 88.1 FM KGAF 1580 AM
Weather: 59° Partly cloudy.
I’ll eschew the normal statistical profiles here, as they will ultimately tell you what you know as far as our team is concerned. We suck. Football Study Hall ranks us 128th, out of 128 in S&P+.
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Game Plan for Victory
How MTSU will Win
MTSU is a better team than NT and is at home. They aren’t tremendously better, but significantly so. The Blue Raiders simply need to move the ball with Brent Stockstill, coaches son, and not hurt themselves by trying to blow the Mean Green off the field. The run game should have some room to run and the defense shouldn’t have too much trouble handling North Texas’ offense.
How North Texas will Win
North Texas will win if they can get some consistent passing from DaMarcus Smith. The run game has shown some ability, and will be very dangerous if the linebackers have to worry about Smith hitting streaking receivers over their head as they stare into the backfield. The slow pace shown last week against Tennessee frustrated the Vols and forced Dobbs into some poor throws as he was trying to spark his offense. A similar strategy could force young Stockstill into similar mistakes, as he doesn’t have nearly as strong a run game as the Vols did. While the run defense still allowed 237 yards to Tennessee, it was only on 4.94 ypc which was an improvement from LaTech’s scorching 7.61 the previous week.
11am UNT at MTSU (-24) — NT 16 MTSU 38 (NT Cover!)
11am FAU at Florida (-31) — FAU 10 Florida 45 (UF Cover)
1:30pm WKU at FIU (+16) — WKU 55 FIU 21 (WKU Cover)
2:30pm ODU at Southern Miss (-21.5) — ODU 17 SoMiss 55 (USM Cover)
2:30pm LaTech at UTEP (+25) — LaTech 42 UTEP 13 (LaTech Cover)
6:30pm Charlotte at Kentucky (-24.5) — Charlotte 10 Kentucky 33 (Charlotte cover)