Miami Gardens, Fla
Line: Miami at 25.5, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Series record: Middle Tennessee State leads 2-0.
What is at stake?
Miami is looking for a rebound after last week’s loss to Texas A&M. Middle Tennessee State has nothing to lose; In the year The Blue Raiders are 0-20 against AP-ranked opponents since the program moved to college football’s top tier in 1999.
MTSU QB Chase Cunningham vs Miami Defensive Front. The Blue Raiders’ upset hopes hinge on Cunningham, who has completed 73% of his passes through the first three games of the season.
Players to watch
MTSU: D Jordan Ferguson has three sacks and two forced fumbles this season.
Miami: QB Tyler Van Dyke has struggled with accuracy over the past two contests, and this week caused a stir in a podcast interview where he said Hurricanes home games “don’t have much of a college atmosphere.”
Facts and figures
The last game between the schools was in 1932, a 7-0 MTSU win over Miami. MTSU won in 1931. It says Miami lost 25-6, MTSU — which was then Middle Tennessee State Teachers College — says the score was 20-0, and newspaper accounts say the score was 24-6. … The Blue Raiders went 4-2 under Miami coach Mario Cristobal at FIU and went 0-12 against teams under coach Rick Stockstill. … Stockstill is a Florida State Hall of Fame quarterback, but the Seminoles are 0-2 in their two starts against the Hurricanes. … Cristobal turned 52 on Saturday. He is 0-1 as a head coach on his birthday; FIU lost to Louisiana-Lafayette that day in 2011. … The other Miami coaches to play on their birthdays: Pete Elliott led the Hurricanes to Florida State on Sept. 29, 1973, and Tom McCann lost to what was then. November 7, 1931 Renamed Western Kentucky State Teachers College.
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