MIN­NESOTA over Mid­dle Tenn St by 11

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

As we ex­pected, the Blue raiders bounced back off the turf last week with a solid win at Syra­cuse as 7.5-point dogs to even their ledger at 1-1 on the sea­son. Min­nesota also bounced back from a lethar­gic sea­son-open­ing win over Buf­falo by ban­ish­ing Ore­gon State’s Beavers to the en­dan­gered species list with a 48-14 thrash­ing. How­ever, un­like past Min­nesota edi­tions that were fa­mous for smoke-and-mir­ror wins, a 2-0 start for P.J. Fleck’s troops this sea­son has been well-earned on the field with stat victories of 146 and 186 yards. The vis­i­tor in this se­ries has cashed two straight tick­ets, and a 12-5 SU and 11-6 ATS mark in games fol­low­ing a SU un­der­dog win un­der head coach Rick Stock­still looks good for MTSU – un­til you note that the Raiders are just the last six in this spot. We pre­fer Fleck’s 14-7 ATS record in his ca­reer off back-to-back wins, in­clud­ing 3-0 ATS in non-con­fer­ence clashes. While we re­spect the ac­com­plish­ments of coach Stock­still and his QB son, Brent, we’re sim­ply not in­ter­ested in try­ing to im­pede the flow of Min­nesota’s boats just yet.

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