Free College Football Picks Today: Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders vs Charlotte 49ers 11/12/22

Free College Football Picks Today: Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders vs Charlotte 49ers 11/12/22
Sat 12th November 2022

The Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders (4-5, 1-4 CUSA) welcome the University of North Carolina Charlotte 49ers (2-8, 1-5 CUSA) at Johnny (Red) Floyd Stadium on Saturday. The Blue Raiders are 10.5-point favorites, and the total is 67.

Charlotte is coming off a one-sided 59-7 loss against Western Kentucky at Jerry Richardson Stadium last Saturday. Chris Reynolds was 17 of 27 for 196 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Johnny Martin III ran 16 times for 85 yards. Grant DuBose caught seven passes for 88 yards.

Middle Tennessee lost 40-24 to Louisiana Tech at Joe Aillet Stadium last Saturday. Chase Cunningham threw for 226 yards, a touchdown, and three interceptions. Frank Peasant carried 24 times for 91 yards and added three catches for 36 yards. Bryce Bailey had three receptions for 46 yards.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The 49ers won the only meeting between the teams last season, a 42-39 victory in September. Chris Reynolds threw four touchdowns for Charlotte, as Grant DuBose scored twice. Chase Cunningham tossed five touchdowns for Middle Tennessee.

TALE OF THE TAPE

The 49ers are averaging 25.3 points per game for the season, 88th in FBS, and they are facing a Blue Raiders defense that has surrendered 30.4 PPG (99th). Meanwhile, Middle Tennessee has scored 27.1 points a game this season, 77th in the country, and Charlotte is allowing 42.8 PPG (131st).

The 49ers rank as one of the country’s worst teams in rushing yards per game (114.1, 110th), while they are 34th in passing yards (270.7). The Blue Raiders are 115th in passing yards allowed per game (275.6) and 57th against the run (138.1).

Middle Tennessee is 52nd in the nation in passing yards per game (252.9) and 107th in rushing (115.8). Charlotte’s defense has been susceptible on both fronts, as the 49ers are 126th in the nation in passing yards allowed per game (292.1) and 126th against the run (222.9).

TOP PERFORMERS

Through eight games, Chris Reynolds has thrown for 20 touchdowns (10 INT) and 249.4 yards per game to lead Charlotte in passing. In five away games this season, he has 15 TDs (5 INT) and an average of 241.6 yards passing.

Shadrick Byrd leads the team in rushing with an average of 51.8 yards a game over 10 games. He has four touchdowns on the ground and one through the air. Elijah Spencer is the 49ers’ leading receiver with 83.1 yards a game and eight TDs.

Chase Cunningham has 14 passing touchdowns (8 INT) with 243.7 yards per game through nine games to lead Middle Tennessee. In three home games this season, he has thrown for four TDs (2 INT) and an average of 270.7 yards.

Frank Peasant has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 61.0 yards a game through nine games. He has six touchdowns. Jaylin Lane has been the primary target in the Blue Raiders’ passing game. He has four touchdowns and an 84.2 yard per game average through eight appearances.

SportsTips’ College Football Pick:

MTSU (-400)

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