Saturday, September 17, 2016
Doyt Perry Stadium
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The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders take on the Bowling Green Falcons on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Doyt Perry Stadium. The opening line for this game has MTSU as 3.5 point favorites. This season the Blue Raiders are 1-1-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 1-1-0. The Falcons have an over/under record of 1-1-0 and they are 0-2-0 against the spread.
Brent Stockstill finished with 399 yards through the air for Middle Tennessee last week. He completed 38 passes out of 65 attempts for a 58% completion percentage. The Blue Raiders were led in rushing by I'Tavius Mathers, who finished with 65 yards on 13 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 5 yards per carry. Richie James was the team leader in receiving with a total of 183 yards and 14 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 13 yards per reception. As a team in that game Middle Tennessee got a total of 25 first downs by way of 6 rushing, 19 passing, and 0 by penalty. They ran 86 total plays for 495 yards for the game. The Blue Raiders ran for 96 yards on 21 attempts.
James Knapke finished with 315 yards through the air for Bowling Green last week. He completed 23 passes out of 40 attempts for a 58% completion percentage. The Falcons were led in rushing by Josh Cleveland, who finished with 44 yards on 11 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 4 yards per carry. Scott Miller was the team leader in receiving with a total of 161 yards and 5 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 32 yards per reception. Bowling Green got a total of 22 first downs by way of 9 rushing, 12 passing, and 1 by penalty. They ran 75 total plays for 417 yards for the game. The Falcons ran for 90 yards on 33 attempts.
Middle Tennessee scores 39.5 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 37th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 39 passes on 59 attempts for a 66.1 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 417 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 5th in college football. The Blue Raiders run for an average of 171 yards per game on 30.5 attempts for an average of 5.6 yards per carry. That ranks them 74th in the nation. They also run 89.5 plays per contest and average 6.6 yards per play for an average of 588 yards per game, ranking their offense 6th overall this season. The Blue Raiders average 30 first downs per game which ranks them 9th in the country. They accumulate 89.5 penalty yards per game via 9 penalties, which ranks 11th in the nation.
Middle Tennessee allows 83.5 passing yards per game, ranking 4th in D-1, and they allow 23.5 points per contest on defense, which ranks 62nd. They give up 12 completions on 26 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 46.2. The Blue Raiders allow 161.5 rushing yards per game on 36 carries for an average of 4.5 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 84th in the country. Middle Tennessee allows 245 total yards per game including 4 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 18th in terms of yards per game. They force 1.5 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 5 penalties for 35 yards per game, ranking them 16th among D-1 teams.
Bowling Green averages 18.5 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 113th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 22.5 passes per game on 43 attempts for a 52.3 percent completion percentage. They throw for 251 yards through the air per game, ranking them 53rd in Division 1. The Falcons run for an average of 79.5 yards per game on 30.5 attempts for an average of 2.6 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 123rd on the ground. They also run 73.5 plays per game and average 4.5 yards per play for a total of 330.5 yards per game, ranking them 108th in the country on offense. The Falcons get an average of 19 first downs per game, which ranks 92nd in the nation. They average 42.5 penalty yards per game via 5 penalties, ranking them 102nd in college football.
Bowling Green allows an average of 318 passing yards yards per game, which ranks 117th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 51.5 points per contest, which has them ranked 127th in the nation. They give up 24 completions on 37.5 attempts for a completion percentage of 64 per game. The Falcons allow 264 rushing yards per contest on 47.5 carries for a 5.6 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 121st in the country. Bowling Green allows 582 total yards per game for an average of 6.8 yards per play, which ranks 126th in D-1. They force 0.5 turnovers per contest and 8.5 penalties for 72.5 yards in each contest, ranking 103rd in the nation.
Middle Tennessee Betting Trends
Middle Tennessee is 1-1-0 against the over/under this season
Middle Tennessee has an ATS record of 1-1-0 this season
Bowling Green Betting Trends
Bowling Green is 1-1-0 against the over/under this season
Bowling Green has an ATS record of 0-2-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
09/06/16 DE Chris Hale Knee out indefinitely
09/06/16 WR Demetrius Frazier Leg out indefinitely
08/30/16 RB Shane Tucker Leg out for season
08/29/16 WR Jocquez Bruce Ankle out for season
08/19/16 WR Terry Pettis Leg out for season
09/11/16 LB Dorian Hendrix Ankle "?" Saturday vs. Middle Tenn St
09/11/16 DL Grant Coffey Ankle "?" Saturday vs. Middle Tenn St
09/03/16 DB Will Watson Suspension expected to miss first 6 games
08/19/16 RB Matt Domer ACL out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Middle Tennessee
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