Free Week 8 Prediction: Blue Raiders vs Tigers Odds
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(4-2) Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Missouri Tigers (2-4)
Date: Saturday, October 22nd
Time: 4:00 pm EST
Venue: Memorial Stadium in Columbia, MO
NCAA Football Spread: Missouri -7.0
NCAA Betting Total: 71.0
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The Blue Raiders will look to bounce back from a heartbreaking double overtime loss to Western Kentucky due to a missed extra point while Missouri will certainly welcome a break from the beating they have taken in the SEC.
Missouri has won twice in blowouts this season but to much weaker opponents in Eastern Michigan and Delaware State. This will be somewhere in between those games and SEC games in terms of difficulty.
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
A loss similar to the one the Blue Raiders took last week can be very damaging going forward if not handled correctly.
The sour taste from a double overtime loss is always tough to move past but one that ended due to a missed extra point is even worse. The Blue Raiders made all the right plays to nearly pick up the important conference win but still came up short.
Moving on though, the Blue Raiders will get a shot at a SEC opponent but one of the weaker teams from the conference.
Brent Stockstill has been leading the way for the Blue Raiders this season and is coming off arguably his best game off the season last week. Stockstill has thrown for 2091 yards this season with a great 18 to 5 touchdown to interception rate.
Stockstill could have a tougher time against Missouri who is allowed just 232 passing yards per game this season.
However, Stockstill and the Blue Raiders should rely on I’Tavius Mathers to provide production on the ground against a week Missouri run defense that is giving up over 200 yards per game.
The Blue Raider defense could have their hands full with Missouri quarterback Drew Lock who is a similar talent to Stockstill.
Lock could expose the Blue Raider defense that has allowed 250 passing yards per game and 27 points per game. It will be up to Stockstill and Mathers to make that job easier for the defense by leading long drives and not leaving points on the field.
Drew Lock has put up great numbers on the season for the Tigers but most of his production has come in the Tigers two blowout wins over weak opponents.
In the Tigers’ four losses, Lock has thrown just 4 touchdowns to 6 interceptions.
In the two blowout wins, Lock threw for 10 touchdowns and no interceptions.
While Middle Tennessee is much better than Eastern Michigan and Delaware State, their defense may not be.
So, we should see Lock putting up some solid numbers in his relief from SEC defenses.
Missouri is 2-1 out of conference this season and 0-3 in the SEC. Last season, the Tigers were 1-7 in the SEC but 4-0 out of conference.
You can be sure they will be looking forward to this non-conference opportunity and I would expect their offense to step up.
Controlling the Blue Raiders offense though could be up to the home field advantage and maybe some turnovers because Stockstill and Mathers are a real dominant duo.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
• Under is 8-3 in Middle Tennessee’s last 11 road games.
• Under is 15-5 in Missouri’s last 20 games on field turf.
• Under is 12-5 in Missouri’s last 17 home games.
• Middle Tennessee is 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
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I think you will certainly see points in this game but 71 is a lot considering a non-conference team is going on the road to face a SEC team. You can assume Middle Tennessee won’t be aiming to get into a road shootout.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Under 71.0
I think Missouri should take this game but I don’t love betting against Stockstill. I think the under is a great pick as the Blue Raiders will ride Mathers to run the clock against the porous Missouri rush defense
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: Missouri 33 – Middle Tennessee 28
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