The Week 5 Conference USA schedule got a big boost when Middle Tennessee knocked off Miami a week ago. Now, with offensive fireworks expected from our UTSA vs. Middle Tennessee betting preview, which of these two teams are contenders or pretenders in the C-USA race? And which betting odds, DFS picks, and fantasy football players should you be mindful of? The official UTSA vs. Middle Tennessee prediction gives you all the answers.
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UTSA vs. Middle Tennessee betting preview
- Spread: UTSA (-4)
- Moneyline: UTSA (-180); MTSU (+155)
- Over/Under: 64 points
- Game time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN
- Predicted weather at kick: 67 degrees, clear, 9-13 mph winds
Fresh off dominant performances a week ago, the UTSA Roadrunners and Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders square off in a marquee Friday night matchup that is sure to bring fireworks. Which side has the more powerful fireworks is the real question as each team will be sure to put up some points. But first, fantasy information is at hand.
Top DFS picks and fantasy plays
Here are the players and their values according to FanDuel ahead of their Friday night clash.
- QB Frank Harris, UTSA: $11,00
- QB Chase Cunningham, MTSU: $8,800
- RB Brenden Brady, UTSA: $8,200
- RB Frank Peasant, MTSA: $6,600
- RB Darius Bracy, MTSU: $4,600
- RB Tye Edwards, UTSA: $4,400
- WR Zakhari Franklin, UTSA: $9,500
- WR De’Corian Clark, UTSA: $8,800
- WR DJ England-Chisolm, MTSU: $8,500
- WR Joshua Cephus, UTSA: $8,00
- WR Jaylin Lane, MTSU: $7,400
- WR Elijah Metcalf, MTSU: $6,000
- WR Yusuf Ali, MTSU: $5,900
- TE Oscar Cardenas, UTSA: $4,800
- TE Gavin Sharp, UTSA: $4,500
Frank Harris is the top billing here and well worth the price of admission in real life and on your DFS roster. If he’s your season-long starting quarterback, you did your homework. Harris is a multi-touchdown threat both in the air and with his legs, but he needn’t use his legs as much because of his artistry with the football.
Both Zakhari Franklin and De’Corian Clark are multi-touchdown receivers as well and can take over games with their combination of size and speed. Clark had three touchdowns a week prior and Franklin adds a vertical element that we saw the MTSU defense exposed to last week despite their victory over Miami.
One position to stay away from in this outing is the running back spot. Neither team has had documented, reliable success on the ground this year, and each of these defenses has shown a strong penchant for stuffing the run. Steer clear of these RBs in all formats.
For a more in-depth look at the DFS slate, take a look at our game-by-game preview for each FBS vs. FBS game on Friday night including UTSA vs. Middle Tennessee.
Prediction for UTSA vs. Middle Tennessee
Getting into the nitty gritty here in this one, it’s clear UTSA is the better team. Don’t be confused by Middle Tennessee’s recent success against Miami. The Blue Raiders have certainly turned the corner since their beatdown at the hands of JMU to open the year, but they’ve been one-dimensional, and the Roadrunners have the horses and discipline to stay with MTSU.
The key player to watch in this game is Brandon Brown for UTSA. Miami didn’t get any pressure on Chase Cunningham on standard dropbacks, but even when pressure did accrue, Cunningham was able to move off his spot and deliver shots accurately to his speedy receivers. Brown can mitigate Cunningham’s ability to find his receivers downfield with his incredible first step off the line of scrimmage and motor after he beats his offensive linemen.
Brown will push the pocket against what should be an inferior and beat-up middle of MTSU’s offensive line, and Rashad Wisdom and Co. on the back end can handle business. They’ve allowed their fair share of yards through the air this season but have kept opposing offenses out of the end zone when it matters, for the most part, this season.
They’ll do that again and come back to the Alamodome victors in the process. But Harris and the offense will certainly have to do their part.
Prediction: UTSA 38, MTSU 27