Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Virginia Tech Hokies Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/11/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 2:00 pm ET, Saturday, September 11, 2021
Venue:  Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA
Where to Watch:  ACC Network Extra


Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Blue Raiders +20.5, Hokies -20.5; Over/Under:  54 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Blue Raiders +20.5, Hokies -20.5; Over/Under:  54.5 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Blue Raiders +20, Hokies -20; Over/Under:  54 points

Season Record

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders:  1-0 (2nd place, C-USA East)
Virginia Tech Hokies:  1-0 (1st place, ACC Coastal)
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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Virginia Tech Hokies Preview and Analysis

Recent Form
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders:  won 1
Virginia Tech Hokies:  won 1

Offensive Analysis

Last season the Blue Raiders averaged a 66.1% completion percentage, 230.4 passing yards, and 1.4 touchdowns per game through the air. They also averaged 135.4 rushing yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game on the ground. The Hokies were averaging a 62% completion percentage, 200.6 passing yards, and 1.2 touchdowns per game through the air. They also averaged 240.1 rushing yards and 2.5 touchdowns per game on the ground.

Defensive Analysis

Last season the Blue Raiders were allowing teams a 59.4% completion percentage, 224.1 passing yards, and 2.3 touchdowns per game through the air. They also allowed 223.2 rushing yards and 2.3 touchdowns per game on the ground. The Hokies were allowing teams a 61.7% completion percentage, 266 passing yards, and 1.7 touchdowns per game through the air. They also allowed 181.5 rushing yards and 2.2 touchdowns per game on the ground.


Blue Raiders vs Hokies Prediction

The Middle Tennessee ST Blue Raiders are sitting in 2nd place of the C-USA East with a 1-0 record. They won their first college football game of the NCAA regular season schedule against Monmouth 50-15. Bailey Hockman played in a good game in their season opener completing 17/22 passes for 215 yards and 3 touchdowns. Frank Peasant led the team in rushing with 27 yards but overall their run game was very weak in that one. Chaton Mobley and Martell Pettaway did find the end zone on the ground though. Jaylin Lane led the receivers with 91 yards and 1 touchdown on 4 receptions. CJ Windham and DJ Chisolm also found the end zone through the air in that one. Decorian Patterson led their defense with 6 solo tackles and 2 assisted ones. Marley Cook, Tra Fluellen, and Jordan Ferguson all recorded 1 sack each in the game and it was Teldrick Ross who came away with the interception for them. 

The Virginia Tech Hokies are sitting in 1st place of the ACC Coastal conference with a 1-0 record. They won the first of their matchups of the season against UNC 17-10. Braxton Burmeister was the only quarterback to play for them in that last game and he completed 12/19 passes for 169 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Jalen Holston led the team in rushing yards with 49 on 13 carries but other than that they did not have much of a run game. Burmeister scored the only touchdown on the ground for them. Raheem Blackshear led the team in receiving yards with 66 on 3 receptions and Tre Turner was not far behind him with 64 yards receiving on 4 catches. It was James Mitchell who ended up finding the end zone through the air for them. Chamarri Conner led the defense with 6 solo tackles, 2 assists, and 1 interception. TyJuan Garbutt led the team in sacks with 2. Jermaine Waller and Dax Hollifield both came away with interceptions as well.

The bookmaker has the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football team as a big underdog in this game. Both of these teams are much stronger on defense than they are with their offense and both seem to lack a strong running game being very pass heavy. The Hokies are the better team here but it is hard to see them putting up a ton of points in this game, especially against a pretty good defense. This will likely be a low scoring game that stays under the total and that Middle Tennessee State University covers in as the Hokies will not blow them out completely. Either college football pick would be a good wager for bettors in this game.

Blue Raiders Hokies Prediction:  Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, Sep 11, 2021 (2:00 pm ET start time) is Hokies 27 Blue Raiders 17.
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NCAAF Betting Trends

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders: 10-6 ATS as an underdog. 7-4 ATS as a road underdog.
Virginia Tech Hokies: 21-7 ATS off an upset win as an underdog. 17-5 ATS off an upset win over a conference rival as an underdog.

Key Injuries

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders:  None.
Virginia Tech Hokies:  E. Belmar (DL) Ques Sat - Concussion injury. N. Simmons (DL) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. M. Johnson (LB) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. C. Hodge (WR) out for season - Achilles injury.

Players to Watch

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders: Bailey Hockman is one player to watch in their next game schedule as he put up some good stats in the last one. He will have to continue that into this game on the road if they want a chance at beating a good Hokies team. The run game was pretty bad so there will be lots of pressure on him to make the plays in the passing game.
Virginia Tech Hokies: Braxton Burmeister is one player to watch in this as he will want to carry over his good play especially in his home games. They did not have much of a run game in their last so pressure will be on him to make plays down field and to run the ball himself.

Notable Quotes

"We kept putting them back out there in the second half. We couldn't put the game away but the defense continued to rise to the occasion."- Justin Fuente on his defense in their win against North Carolina. 
"I saw both of them. and I was like one of them is going to catch it." - Braxton Burmeister on throwing the game winning touchdown pass to 2 receivers in the area.

Starting Lineups

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
WR Windham, CJ 
WR England-Chisolm, DJ 
WR Pierce, Jarrin 
WR Ali, Yusuf 
QB Hockman, Bailey 
RB Peasant, Frank 
Virginia Tech Hokies
WR Smith, Kaleb 
WR Turner, Tré 
WR Robinson, Tayvion 
TE Mitchell, James 
QB Burmeister, Braxton 
RB Holston, Jalen 

Statistical Leaders

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Passing: B. Hockman (215)
Rushing: F. Peasant (27)
Receiving: J. Lane (91)
Touchdowns: J. Lane (1)
Sacks: J. Ferguson (1)
Tackles: D. Patterson (6)
Virginia Tech Hokies
Passing: B. Burmeister (169)
Rushing: J. Holston (49)
Receiving: R. Blackshear (66)
Touchdowns: B. Burmeister (1)
Sacks: T. Garbutt (2)
Tackles: C. Conner (6)
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders: Rick Stockstill (16th season)
Virginia Tech Hokies: Justin Fuente (6th season)

Weather Forecast

76 degrees F sunny, 60% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 5 mph wind speeds S.

Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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