Jacksonville State Gamecocks vs Middle Tenn Blue Raiders 10/4/2023: The anticipation of college football fills the air as the Jacksonville State Gamecocks prepare to go head-to-head with the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in a highly anticipated C-USA showdown. With both teams aiming to leave their mark on the game, let’s delve into this matchup, dissecting key players and vital statistics that could shape the outcome. The college football betting lines are updated for bettors to place their bets on their favorite teams.
Jacksonville State Gamecocks vs Middle Tenn Blue Raiders 10/4/2023 Game Info
|When:||Wednesday, October 4, 2023|
|Time:||8:00 PM ET|
|Where:||Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium|
Rich Rodriguez vs Rick Stockstill
The Jacksonville State Gamecocks enter this clash with a commendable 4-1 overall record, boasting a perfect 2-0 record in Conference-USA play. Their recent victory over Sam Houston State, ending with a score of 35-28, showcased their unwavering determination and resilience. Although the Gamecocks amassed an impressive 393 total offensive yards in that game, they did experience some setbacks, committing three turnovers, a facet they’ll undoubtedly seek to rectify.
Leading the charge for Jacksonville State is their quarterback, Logan Smothers, who has already thrown for an impressive 474 yards and boasts an impressive five touchdowns to his name. On the ground, Malik Jackson has emerged as a formidable force, accumulating an impressive 505 yards and contributing three touchdowns. Smothers himself has actively participated in the rushing game, amassing 255 yards and scoring five touchdowns. The receiving corps is spearheaded by Perry Carter, who has hauled in 166 yards and one touchdown.
Defensively, linebacker Quae Drake takes the lead with 36 tackles. Jacksonville State’s defense has been rock-solid, tallying 14 quarterback sacks and securing eight interceptions, making them a formidable force on that side of the ball.
On the flip side, the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders enter this matchup with a 1-4 overall record and a 0-1 standing in Conference-USA play. Their recent defeat at the hands of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, with a final score of 31-10, was undoubtedly a setback. However, the Blue Raiders are determined to rebound and turn their fortunes around.
Middle Tennessee’s offensive aspirations are primarily carried by their quarterback, Nicholas Vattiato, who has already amassed an impressive 1,168 passing yards, accompanied by seven touchdowns and four interceptions. In the rushing department, Jaiden Credle has made significant contributions, accumulating 227 yards and one touchdown. Elijah Metcalf leads the receiving corps with 235 yards and one touchdown reception.
Defensively, safety Tra Fluellen stands as a reliable anchor, leading the team with 38 tackles. The Blue Raiders’ defense has managed to record nine quarterback sacks and secure two interceptions, showcasing their ability to make crucial plays.
NCAAF Latest Odds: MTSU -4.5 ; O/U 51.5
As the Gamecocks prepare to face Middle Tennessee, they hold a significant advantage in their ground game. Jacksonville State is averaging an impressive 224.4 rushing yards per game, placing them at 8th in the nation. This poses a formidable challenge for the Middle Tennessee defense, which has allowed an average of 140.8 rushing yards per game, placing them in a vulnerable position. Furthermore, Middle Tennessee’s total defense currently ranks 95th in the country, allowing an average of 394.0 yards per game.
The impending clash between Jacksonville State’s potent rushing offense and Middle Tennessee’s defensive struggles against the run sets the stage for an intriguing matchup. If the Gamecocks can capitalize on this advantage, they stand a good chance of securing a victory.
Jacksonville State Betting Trends
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Jacksonville State’s last 5 games.
Jacksonville State are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.
Gamecocks State are 5-15 SU in their last 20 games on the road.
Jacksonville State are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games played in October.
Middle Tennessee Betting Trends
Middle Tennessee are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
Blue Raiders are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.
Middle Tennessee are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games at home.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Middle Tennessee’s last 7 games played in October.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Middle Tennessee’s last 8 games played in week 6.
Jacksonville State Gamecocks vs Middle Tenn. Blue Raiders Betting Pick
In a showdown of significant importance to both teams, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks and the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will compete for supremacy. Jacksonville State’s balanced offensive approach and sturdy defense will collide with Middle Tennessee’s determined quarterback and improving offense. As the game unfolds, all eyes will be on the ground game, where Jacksonville State may hold the key to victory. In this thrilling C-USA battle, expect fierce competition, standout plays, and a relentless pursuit of success to define the final outcome. The college football betting odds on a legal betting website are in favor of the Gamecocks to secure a victory in this game.
Score Prediction: Gamecocks 31, Blue Raiders 17.