Game Preview - Blue Raiders underdogs vs Bulldogs at Mississippi State
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Mississippi State Bulldogs Odds
The Bulldogs will try to win and cover the spread at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field on Saturday when they get a visit from the Blue Raiders in Week 8 action.
They battle the Blue Raiders, currently with a 4-2 mark (4-2 ATS). The over under records, important for totals bettors, are 1-4 for the Bulldogs and 3-2 for the Blue Raiders.
Betting Line: The Bulldogs were listed as 19-point favorites at sportsbooks such as Bovada on the college football lines.
Power Rankings / Prediction: This game matches up the No. 23 (Bulldogs) and the No. 117 (Blue Raiders) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAF Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 47-34 result in favor of the Bulldogs is predicted by handicapping models.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Mississippi State's No. 33-ranked offense (35.3 PPG) against a Blue Raiders defense that ranks No. 69 at 27.2 PPG. The Bulldogs passing attack has averaged 239.3 yards per game, less than the Blue Raiders give up through the air (266.7 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Blue Raiders feature the league's No. 52-rated road run defense, allowing 151.3 yards per game. Mississippi State, meanwhile, ranks No. 73 in rushing offense at home.
Middle Tennessee was a 34-30 winner in its last match on the road against Florida International. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 64 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Benny Cunningham went over the 100-yard mark (230) in his team's latest effort as Middle Tennessee defeated Florida International by a score of 34-30 on Saturday.
Mississippi State won its last outing, a 41-31 result against Tennessee on October 13. Mississippi State covered in that game as a 3-point favorite, while the 72 combined points took the game OVER the total. LaDarius Perkins ran through the Tennessee defense for 101 yards in Mississippi State's last game, handing the Volunteers a 41-31 setback on Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field.
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Trends:
When playing in October are 5-5
When playing on grass are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing outside the conference are 3-7
Mississippi State Bulldogs Trends:
When playing in October are 8-2
When playing on grass are 9-1
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing outside the conference are 10-0
A few Blue Raiders at Bulldogs trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Middle Tennessee's last 5 games on the road
Middle Tennessee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Middle Tennessee is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
Middle Tennessee is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games
Mississippi State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Mississippi State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Mississippi State's last 5 games
Middle Tennessee home to North Texas, Saturday, October 27
Mississippi State at Alabama, Saturday, October 27