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Herd-MTSU game prediction

Yes, Marshall has had nightmares in Murfreesboro. The Thundering Herd fell victim to a “last team with the ball wins” game in 2013 and lost in triple overtime in 2015 by missing *five* field goals.

Both games were played as night in chilly weather before puny crowds. There won’t be as much of a chill Friday night, but we will see lots of silver on this supposed “Blackout” night.

(MTSU’s athletic director once campaigned for membership in the American Athletic Conference, claiming it can carry the Nashville market. First, let’s see how much pull these guys have in Murfreesboro on a Friday night.)

Herd defenders will have trouble with MTSU’s receivers, which include diminutive running back Brad Anderson. Patience and open-field tackling will be critical here — when the Raiders drive downfield, you have to make them earn it in 10, 12, 14 plays.
Do that, and QB John Urzua eventually will goof up. MU pass rushers eventually will get to him, making an interception more likely as the game wears on. Cash in on those turnovers and it looks good for the Herd.

But not necessarily *that* good. Don’t bank on the relatively comfortable finishes the Herd enjoyed against Charlotte and Old Dominion. The Raiders have more than enough talent on both sides of the ball to cause another nighttime nightmare.
But here, we’ll flip the 2015 score …

MARSHALL 27, MIDDLE TENNESSEE 24 (with or without overtimes)