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College Football Betting Preview: Jacksonville St Gamecocks vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
October 4, 2023
The Jacksonville State Gamecocks have been one of the best teams in Conference USA this season and enter this game on a two-game winning streak which includes last week’s 35-28 overtime win on the road against the Sam Houston Bearkats. Meanwhile, the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders enter this game with one win on the year and are on a two-game losing streak which includes a 10-31 loss on the road against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. Will the Gamecocks extend their winning streak to three games or will the Blue Raiders end their two-game losing streak? Let’s take a look at how these teams have fared this season.
The Jacksonville Gamecocks enter this game with a record of 4-1 which includes a 35-28 overtime win on the road against the Sam Houston Bearkats while the game ended in a push in week 5 of the college football season. Jacksonville State scored 35 points while compiling a total of 393 yards offensively which included 197 passing yards and 196 rushing yards while allowing 28 points and 435 total yards defensively which included 299 passing yards and 136 rushing yards. Logan Smothers led the team in passing, completing 16 of 28 attempts for 197 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 37 yards and a touchdown. Malik Jackson led the team in rushing with 13 carries for 129 yards and a touchdown while adding two receptions for six yards. Michael Pettway led the team in receiving, catching three of five targets for 74 yards and a touchdown.
Middle Tennessee State enters this game with a record of 1-4 which includes a 10-31 loss on the road against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers while failing to cover the 6.5-point spread as a road underdog in week 5 of the college football season. The Blue Raiders scored 10 points while compiling a total of 373 yards offensively which included 252 passing yards and 121 rushing yards while allowing 31 points and 444 total yards defensively which included 297 passing yards and 147 rushing yards. Nicholas Vattiato led the team in passing, completing 27 of 45 attempts for 252 yards and two interceptions while rushing for six yards. Frank Peasant led the team in rushing with 14 carries for 76 yards and a touchdown while adding a reception for six yards. Justin Olson led the team in receiving, catching six of eight targets for 76 yards.
BookMaker has the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders listed as 3.5-point favorites at home against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks on Wednesday evening in week 6 of the college football season. This will be the first time in the history of these two programs that they will face each other in college football. Jacksonville State is 3-1-1 ATS overall, 0-1-1 ATS on the road, 1-1 ATS as an underdog, and 1-0-1 ATS in conference games this season while the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders are 1-4 ATS overall, 0-2 ATS at home, 0-2 ATS as a favorite, and 0-1 ATS in conference games on the year.
Jacksonville State enters this game with a better record and has been the better team at covering the spread this season going 3-1-1 ATS overall while Middle Tennessee State is 1-4 ATS overall. As a result, I am buying the .5 point and taking the Jacksonville State Gamecocks +4 on the road against the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders on BookMaker in week 6 of the college football season.
Spooky Express Pick: Jacksonville State Gamecocks +4
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