By Craig Fields
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Western Michigan Broncos
Thursday – December 23 – 11:00 am CT
Thomas Robinson Stadium – Nassau, Bahamas
Records Before the Game
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (7-5, 6-2 C-USA)
Western Michigan Broncos (7-5, 6-2 MAC)
The Broncos are coming into this game as a three point favorite and that is probably primarily because of their ability to run the ball better than the Blue Raiders. Jamauri Bogan, the Broncos lead back will probably be the difference maker in this one.
The Blue Raiders do not have a running back that reached 500 yards, while the Broncos have Bogan who has rushed for almost 900 yards on the season and 12 touchdowns. The 5′ 7″ running back is elusive and often hides behind his big offensive lineman in order to find holes.
This game promises to be a high scoring affair as neither defense should really scare either offense. Both teams are led by smart quarterbacks that had very similar numbers and know how to take care of the ball.
Last year’s first ever Popeyes Bahamas Bowl saw two teams that put up a combined 97 points. This game may not have as many but look forward to an offensively charged game with big plays made by two dynamic quarterbacks.
MTSU’s signal caller Brent Stockstill, completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,678 yards, 27 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. Stockstill is primarily a pocket passer with the ability to to find the open receiver more often than not. He makes good decisions with the football and rarely makes costly mistakes that costs his team the game.
WMU’s quarterback Zach Terrell also completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,225 yards, 27 touchdowns and eight interceptions. The same thing that I said for Stockstill also applies here as well. These guys are basically mirror images of each other and are both smart quarterbacks with pretty good arms.
Because neither defense is particularly good, I have to go with the better and most diverse offense.
Prediction: Western Michigan 35 – Middle Tennessee 28