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Middle Tenn. St. Blue Raiders vs
Sam Houston St. BearkatsPredictions & Preview

The Blue Raiders look to extend their C-USA winning streak as they face the Bearkats on November 25th. Sam Houston hopes to turn their season around and come away with a victory. Live coverage of this exciting match-up can be seen on ESPN+ starting at 12 PM ET.

Game Info

  • When: Saturday, 11/25/2023 @ 12:00pm EST
  • Where: Elliot T. Bowers Stadium Stadium

Betting Odds

  • Moneyline: Blue Raiders -170 | Bearkats +148
  • Spread: Blue Raiders -3.5 (-110) | Bearkats +3.5 (-110)
  • Total: Over/Under 49.5 (-110)
  • Based on the moneyline, the implied probability that Middle Tenn. St. will win straight-up is 63%.

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Middle Tenn. St. Blue Raiders

They have been more effective passing the ball than rushing, led by quarterback Nick Vattiato with 2,851 passing yards, 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Their defense has mostly struggled, allowing an average of 405.7 total yards per game and 254.1 passing yards per game. They are without any reported injuries which could help their chances of success in their upcoming match against Sam Houston.

Sam Houston St. Bearkats Analysis

Quarterback Keegan Shoemaker leads the offense and has completed 233 of 371 passes for 2,309 yards with 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while wide receiver Noah Smith has racked up 775 receiving yards and six touchdowns. The rushing game has been weaker, ranking last in the conference with an average of 89.2 yards per game. The defense has also struggled, giving up 399.2 total yards per game with vulnerability against the run (171.7 yards per game). The Bearkats have managed to generate turnovers but need more consistency. They'll be tested with multiple key players being day-to-day due to injuries. Sam Houston St. Bearkats need to strengthen their running game, tighten their defense and generate more turnovers in order to improve their chances against Middle Tennessee.

Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders Poised for Victory with Vattiato at the Helm

Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders appear to have an advantage in this game. Quarterback Nicholas Vattiato has showcased impressive passing stats this season, with over 2,851 yards and 23 touchdowns. This potent attack should benefit from Sam Houston's weaker pass defense. Middle Tennessee is well-balanced on offense and has no significant injury concerns, indicating they are well-equipped to take advantage of the opponent's defensive vulnerabilities. Furthermore, their performance against UTEP was solid, indicating a team hitting their stride at an opportune moment.

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