2021-10-22
MIDDLE TENNESSEE
UCONN
League : NCAAF

UCONN vs MIDDLE TENNESSEE Prediction & Preview



 

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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will travel to Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field on Friday evening to take on the UConn Huskies in an interconference matchup. The Blue Raiders are 2-4 this season and are coming off a 41-13 road loss to the Liberty Flames. Junior quarterback Chase Cunningham finished the game going 22-of-42 for 230 yards with a pair of touchdowns and an interception. The Huskies are 1-7 thus far and are coming off a 21-15 home win over the Yale Bulldogs. Sophomore quarterback Steven Krajewski had a good game as he went 21-of-32 for 199 yards with two touchdowns.

These are two programs that are not known to be football powerhouses so this is expected to be one of the more close games on their schedule. Let’s take a closer look into these teams to determine where we should be placing our wagers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not Forgetting Jimmy Marshall

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have been throwing the ball well so far to senior wide receiver Jimmy Marshall. So far this season, he has 25 receptions for 329 yards (13.2 yards per catch) with three touchdowns. In his last game against the Liberty Flames, Marshall finished with seven catches for 77 yards (11 yards per reception) with a touchdown. If Marshall can figure out how to continue finding the end zone, it will do wonders for the Blue Raiders.

 

 

 

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have struggled defensively this season as they are giving up 31.3 points per game. In their previous game against the Liberty Flames, they allowed 41 points on 449 total yards of offense (222 passing, 227 rushing). They did a decent job of forcing the punt team on the field as Liberty went 6-of-12 on third down. The Blue Raiders need to improve defending against the run as they allowed 5.4 yards per rushing attempt. If Middle Tennessee can figure out how to get some more stops, they will be in a great spot.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Carter

The UConn Huskies have to run the ball well to help the offense move the ball as freshman running back Nathan Carter has been doing just that. So far this season, he has 96 carries for 439 yards (4.6 yards per rush) with a rushing touchdown as well as 11 receptions for 73 yards (6.6 yards per catch). In the last game against the Yale Bulldogs, Carter finished with 17 carries for 39 yards (2.3 yards per attempt) and four catches for 22 yards (5.5 yards per reception). If he can find the end zone, it will really help the offense get going.

 

The UConn Huskies have been struggling defensively this season as they are allowing 35 points per game. In their previous game against the Yale Bulldogs, they gave up 15 points on 299 total yards of offense (191 passing, 108 rushing). The Bulldogs struggled to move the ball as they went 7-of-20 on third down and 1-of-3 on fourth down. The Huskies did a good job of forcing four interceptions in the game. If UConn can continue to improve defensively, it will be a huge improvement for the program.

 

 







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