Middle Tennessee vs Georgia Live Stream Collage Football Week 3: THE Georgia Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0 SEC) and Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (1-1), even though the two schools are separated by less than 300 miles. Georgia won a 2003 matchup against MTSU by a score of 29-10. Originally scheduled for prime time on ESPN2, a decision was made Friday morning to move the game up due to the threat of Hurricane Florence. Kickoff will take place at noon ET and the game will be broadcast on ESPNews.
The Bulldogs are riding high following a 41-17 road victory over division foe South Carolina last Saturday. It was truly a statement win against the team widely regarded as Georgia’s biggest competition for the SEC East crown in 2018. But with another big SEC road test looming against Missouri next week, will Kirby Smart have his heavily favored Bulldogs motivated to face an opponent from Conference USA on Saturday?
Motivation should not be a problem for the Blue Raiders, who make their way to Athens to face the second of three SEC opponents this season. MTSU’s first bid to upset a team from the SEC failed miserably in the form of a 35-7 loss to Vanderbilt in Week 1. The good news is that the Blue Raiders now have a little momentum after jumpstarting their offense in a 61-37 win over FCS opponent UT Martin last week. They will need every bit of that momentum as they prepare for their biggest challenge of the season against the powerhouse Bulldogs on the road.
Middle Tennessee at Georgia
Kickoff: Saturday, Sept. 15 at 12 p.m. ET
Spread: Georgia -32.5
Three Things to Watch
1. Big night for the Georgia passing game?
Middle Tennessee’s pass defense has struggled mightily so far in 2018. Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur averaged 17 yards per completion against the Blue Raiders in Week 1. And the MTSU secondary was routinely torched by an FCS quarterback last week to the tune of 358 yards and four touchdowns.
That certainly bodes well for Jake Fromm and Justin Fields. The question is, will Kirby Smart and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney actually unleash the passing game to take advantage of the favorable matchup? It’s possible, and Fromm and Fields are certainly capable of putting up big numbers against a vulnerable MTSU pass defense. But don’t expect the Bulldogs to stray from their stellar rushing attack to make that happen. Georgia’s running back-by-committee approach has already produced 555 rushing yards and six touchdowns in two blowout wins this season.
2. Middle Tennessee quarterback Brent Stockstill
Stockstill is accustomed to putting up big numbers in the passing game. In fact, the senior quarterback is MTSU’s all-time leading passer (9,524 passing yards) and lays claim to just about every school passing record imaginable. And yes, he is also the son of Blue Raiders’ head coach Rick Stockstill.
More importantly, Stockstill ranks up there with Missouri’s Drew Lock as the most experienced and decorated quarterback the Bulldogs will face all season. Through two games in 2018, he has completed 70 percent of his passes for 585 yards with six touchdowns and just one interception.
The Georgia football team plays Middle Tennessee on Saturday at noon after an impressive road win at South Carolina last week. The game was originally scheduled to be played at 7:15 p.m. but was moved up due to growing concerns about Hurricane Florence.
Just like the game against Austin Peay, this game will be an easy one for the Dawgs and should be over by halftime. Middle Tennessee lost 35-7 to Vanderbilt in its first game and then gave up 37 points to UT Martin in a win last week.
Expect to see lots of players rotating in and out on both sides of the ball in this game. Justin Fields will also have an opportunity to play quite a bit in relief of Jake Fromm. Games like this give freshmen a chance to play substantial numbers of snaps and gives the team overall a nice break from a hostile road game at South Carolina last week.