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Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders Vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: Off, Dasher!

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That's a really long title.

Comparing resumes: The Blue Raiders played Memphis and Minnesota close and whipped Austin Peay and Louisiana Lafayette, while their only major disappointment was a blowout last week at home against Troy.

In conference play Georgia Tech has beaten North Carolina, Wake Forest, and Virginia, though the win against the Cavs was the only resounding victory.

Still, if you have any reasons the resume edge doesn't go to the Jackets here, I'd be interested in reading them because that's quite a theory you've got there.

Blue Raiders to watch: Dwight Dasher returned to play last week against Troy, his first game of the season after being suspended for four games. He was mighty rusty, only producing 199 yards on 64 throws and rushes, but as Russell Wilson showed the Jackets can be susceptible to mobile quarterbacks. If he puts it together this week against Tech's young secondary, MTSU could put up some points.

His best game against a BCS opponent, from what I can gather, was a 350-yard, three-touchdown outburst at Maryland last year, when the Blue Raiders walked out with a win. He also ran for 201 yards against Southern Miss in last year's New Orleans Bowl win.

He does throw a really expressive amount of interceptions, not that the Blue Raiders didn't throw tons of picks without him in the lineup. It's probably best if we hope Dasher's not on his game yet, but we should see at least one interception coming Tech's way.

Regarding their defense, MTSU has given up over 120 rushing yards in every game this season, including 238 last week. I would comment on their passing defense, but that would be a waste of everyone's time in this case, as their passing defense will not need to be deployed.

Vegas says: Tech by 19. I'm still not comfortable betting on 2010 Tech beating anybody by 19 -- if South Carolina State had had a decent quarterback, they wouldn't have lost by less than 19. And Middle Tenny has a decent quarterback.

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