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Cougars vs Blue Raiders Betting Matchup Report

Middle Tennessee Blue RaidersBYU Cougars
3-1September 27, 2013, 09:00 | LaVell Edwards Stadium1-2

BYU will look to improve on its 1-2 record this week when they host Middle Tennessee in Week 5 action at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Friday.

The Cougars sit at 1-2 (1-2 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Blue Raiders are currently 3-1 (1-3 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? BYU is 1-2 OU, and Middle Tennessee is 2-2 OU.

View Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs BYU Cougars Odds and Stats.

Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Cougars as -22-point Favorite in the matchup, while the betting total had not been set at press time (check the college football odds link for the latest on the over under)..

The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 87-rated Blue Raiders taking on the No. 23-rated Cougars in this contest. Handicapping models indicate a 28-26 win for the Cougars on Friday.

Last time out for Middle Tennessee, they were a 42-35 winner as they battled Florida Atlantic on the road. Middle Tennessee covered in the match as a 3-point favorite, while 77 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Reggie Whatley tore up the turf for 154 rushing yards in the latest Blue Raiders game, a 42-35 win over the Owls at GEO Group Stadium. BYU lost its last outing 20-13 against Utah on Saturday, getting a 108-yard receiving performance from Cody Hoffman in a losing cause at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits BYU's No. 92-ranked offense, averaging 23 PPG, against a Blue Raiders defense that ranks No. 81 this week at 28.5 PPG. The Cougars aerial game is averaging 188 yards per game, less than the Blue Raiders secondary allows through the air, 281.25 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Blue Raiders feature the league's No. 27-rated road run defense, allowing 109 yards per game. BYU, meanwhile, ranks No. 6 in rushing offense at home.

A few Blue Raiders at Cougars trends to consider:
Middle Tennessee is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Middle Tennessee is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Middle Tennessee's last 7 games
Middle Tennessee is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
BYU is 15-8 ATS in its last 23 games
BYU is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of BYU's last 6 games
BYU is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Middle Tennessee at East Carolina, Saturday, October 5th
BYU at Utah State, Friday, October 4th