Tigers open as underdog vs Blue Raiders
Memphis Tigers vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Odds
The Tigers will be looking to pick up a win and cover the spread when they take on the Blue Raiders in Middle Tennessee at Floyd Stadium on Saturday in Week 3 action.
They battle the Tigers, currently with a 0-1 mark (0-1 ATS). The over under records, important for totals bettors, are 1-1 for the Blue Raiders and 0-1 for the Tigers.
Betting Line: Fans backing the Blue Raiders here saw them open at 5Dimes as 4-point favorites in this college football clash. (Check back shortly for opening totals at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark as none was available at the time this preview was written.)
Power Rankings / Prediction: According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 107-rated Blue Raiders and the No. 118-rated Tigers in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 27-13 win for the Blue Raiders on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Middle Tennessee's No. 57-ranked offense (32.5 PPG) against a Tigers defense that ranks No. 79 at 28 PPG. The Blue Raiders passing attack has averaged 224 yards per game, less than the Tigers give up through the air (297 YPG on average).
Last time out for Memphis, they were a 28-14 loser as they battled Duke at home. Memphis failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point underdog, while 42 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Tigers suffered a Week 2 loss against Duke in their last game, falling 28-14 at Liberty Bowl.
In their last action, Middle Tennessee was a 40-20 loser on the road against North Carolina. They failed to cover the 19.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (60) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Jordan Parker ran through the North Carolina defense for 109 yards in Middle Tennessee's last game, but the Blue Raiders still lost a 40-20 decision at Kenan Stadium.
Memphis Tigers Trends:
When playing in September are 1-9
When playing on turf are 4-6
After being outgained are 2-8
When playing outside the conference are 1-9
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Trends:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on turf are 8-2
After being outgained are 4-6
When playing outside the conference are 4-6
A few Tigers at Blue Raiders trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Memphis's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Memphis's last 14 games on the road
Memphis is 5-17 SU in its last 22 games
Memphis is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Middle Tennessee
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Middle Tennessee's last 5 games
Middle Tennessee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Middle Tennessee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Memphis
Middle Tennessee is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Memphis home to Arkansas State, Saturday, September 21
Middle Tennessee at Florida Atlantic, Saturday, September 21