Through 1 Quarter
The Middle Tenn. Blue Raiders were expected to take an 'L' in this one, but so far it isn't playing out to script. It's anybody's game after one quarter, but Middle Tenn. is ahead of the Troy Trojans 7-3. The Blue Raiders took a hit to their ego last week, so a victory here would be a pleasant pick-me-up.
Middle Tenn. has been led by RB Chaton Mobley, who so far has rushed for one TD and 31 yards on four carries. Middle Tenn.'s win came on a four-yard rush from Mobley with only 1:04 remaining in the first quarter.
Middle Tenn. and Troy have certainly played as if they're avenging a loss, because they are. Middle Tenn. is out front, but they can't get complacent.
Middle Tenn. @ Troy
Current Records: Middle Tenn. 2-6; Troy 4-3
What to Know
This Saturday, the Middle Tenn. Blue Raiders are hoping to patch up the holes in a defense that has allowed an average of 37.75 points per game. They are on the road again Saturday and play against the Troy Trojans at 3:30 p.m. ET Nov. 21 at Larry Blakeney Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Both teams took a loss in their last game, so they'll have plenty of motivation to get the 'W.'
The Blue Raiders found themselves the reluctant recipients of an unfortunate 42-14 punch to the gut against the Marshall Thundering Herd last week. The last quarter was a mere formality since it was already 42-14 by the third quarter. QB Asher O'Hara put forth a good effort for the losing side as he passed for one TD and 241 yards on 44 attempts in addition to rushing for one TD and 39 yards.
Meanwhile, Troy came up short against the Georgia Southern Eagles two weeks ago, falling 20-13.
Middle Tenn. is the clear underdog, so they're hoping it's the size of the fight that determines this one. Those burned by picking them against the spread last week might want to keep in mind that the team has not yet dropped back-to-back games against the spread this season.
The losses put the Blue Raiders at 2-6 and Troy at 4-3. Middle Tenn. is 2-3 after losses this season, Troy 2-0.
How To Watch
- When: Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET
- Where: Larry Blakeney Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium -- Troy, Alabama
- TV: ESPN3.com
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Trojans are a big 12.5-point favorite against the Blue Raiders, according to the latest college football odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Trojans as an 11.5-point favorite.
Troy won the only game these two teams have played in the last six years.
- Sep 19, 2020 - Troy 47 vs. Middle Tenn. 14