Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

MTSU football vs Arkansas State in Camellia Bowl

MTSU football vs Arkansas State in Camellia Bowl

That doesn't bode well, though the defense has been picking up the slack for much of the season holding opponents to just 24 points and 350 yards per game.

Middle Tennessee State's success is primarily due star quarterback Brent Stockstill. This season, Hansen threw for 34 touchdowns along with over 3,600 yards passing.

Here's a look at the game including the latest odds from OddsShark and what to expect from each team, along with a prediction. Blue Raiders QB Brent Stockstill threw a touchdown pass in his 23rd straight game, the third-longest streak in FBS behind Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) and Trace McSorley (Penn State).

MTSU quarterback Brent Stockstill looks to pass in a game against Old Dominion at Floyd Stadium on November 25, 2017. When Stockstill is in, however, the offense has come alive. In the six games he has played quarterback, the Blue Raiders are averaging 30 points per game.

The Red Wolves initiated scoring just over three minutes into the game when Sawyer Williams converted a 20-yard field goal on its first possession. Middle Tennessee's defense is led by former Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer, who was sacked after the 2015 season and was briefly Maryland's defensive coordinator under DJ Durkin before leaving during his first spring practice due to an undisclosed family issue.

Middle Tennessee: Goodness, have the Blue Raiders been banged up this year.

While Stockstill has the ability to light up the scoreboard, his counterpart in Justice Hansen is equally adept at carving up defenses. Anderson is in his fourth season. Nevertheless, the latest sports betting tips and news are painting the Red Wolves as the favorite this weekend. No receiver has more than 700 yards, but six guys have at least 300, giving them multiple options. Wide receivers Justin McInnis, Chris Murray and tight end Blake Mack's success means that the Blue Raiders can't key on any one offensive threat. As a whole, Arkansas State's offense will go as far as Hansen takes it.

Senior defensive lineman Ja'Von Rolland-Jones is ASU's biggest threat, ranking second in the country with 14.0 sacks. He has 13 sacks with 18.5 tackles for a loss. Hebert pulled OR back within 10 with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Jaylon Redd with 1:12 left, but the Ducks could not recover the ensuing onside kick.

If Hansen is able to find a rhythm early, the Blue Raiders defense isn't infallible.

MTSU allowed fewer than 200 passing yards in seven games this season.

Arkansas State got the ball back at its 9-yard line with 1:27 left and no timeouts.

Win the turnover battle - There are two flashy young QBs playing in the game Saturday, and it'll be critical for both of them to play smart football.

Arkansas State Red Wolves quarterback Justice Hansen (15) throws against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln on September 2, 2017.

The difference could come down to which defense is more prepared to stop the other, and that's an advantage that Middle Tennessee has.

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