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Saturday 11/17/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




MIDDLE TENN ST (7 - 3) at KENTUCKY (7 - 3)
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Week 12 Saturday, 11/17/2018 12:00 PM
Board SideTotal
347MIDDLE TENN ST+22.5Over 42.5
348KENTUCKY-10.5Under 54.5
MIDDLE TENN ST - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games7-3+5.66-44-630.416.6380.8(5.4)1.426.515.3407.0(5.5)1.9
Road Games3-3+1.33-33-328.016.0385.0(5.4)1.530.217.7407.7(6)1.8
Last 3 Games3-0+33-02-142.726.0484.3(6.2)
Turf Games7-2+5.66-34-533.017.7391.1(5.5)1.324.012.3398.4(5.3)2.1
MIDDLE TENN ST - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)30.416.620.629:3837-141(3.8)23-3466.9%239(7)71-381(5.4)(12.5)
Opponents Defensive Avg.30.115.521.130:3038-163(4.3)19-3162.2%238(7.6)69-401(5.8)(13.3)
Offense Road Games28.016.021.330:5137-152(4.1)23-3467.6%233(6.8)72-385(5.4)(13.7)
Defense (All Games)26.515.321.330:2238-165(4.3)20-3557.5%242(6.9)73-407(5.5)(15.4)
Opponents Offensive Avg.26.813.320.631:3938-157(4.2)19-3259.9%233(7.2)70-390(5.6)(14.5)
Defense Road Games30.217.721.329:0937-170(4.5)19-3062.8%238(7.8)68-408(6)(13.5)

KENTUCKY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games7-3+8.64-62-722.99.6346.9(5.3)1.616.210.2321.8(5)1.6
Home Games5-1+52-42-327.713.2365.0(5.5)1.714.79.0301.2(4.7)1.7
Last 3 Games1-2-0.71-21-213.02.0319.0(4.5)
Turf Games6-1+7.53-42-425.911.7367.9(5.5)1.614.69.7293.7(4.6)1.4
KENTUCKY - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)22.99.619.830:4441-187(4.6)16-2465.0%160(6.6)65-347(5.3)(15.1)
Opponents Defensive Avg.25.412.120.230:2938-163(4.3)18-3061.1%213(7.1)68-375(5.5)(14.8)
Offense Home Games27.713.221.731:3444-222(5)14-2266.2%143(6.6)66-365(5.5)(13.2)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.26.61420.530:3137-175(4.8)18-3057.9%214(7)67-390(5.8)(14.6)
Defense Home Games14.79.016.028:2634-137(4)16-2955.9%164(5.6)63-301(4.7)(20.5)
Average power rating of opponents played: MIDDLE TENN ST 25.3,  KENTUCKY 37.1
MIDDLE TENN ST - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/29/2018FLA ATLANTIC25-24W3W65U36-13727-40-259255-27217-28-1542
10/5/2018@ MARSHALL34-24W3W51O35-10325-40-317153-20917-35-1733
10/13/2018@ FLA INTERNATIONAL21-24L1L60.5U40-18715-27-142134-7027-36-3110
10/27/2018@ OLD DOMINION51-17W-4.5W62O38-20825-33-280135-18726-35-3335
11/2/2018W KENTUCKY29-10W-11.5W53U45-24624-42-228025-10916-47-2702
11/10/2018@ UTEP48-32W-13W48.5O36-13931-40-352229-11518-39-2183
11/17/2018@ KENTUCKY            

KENTUCKY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/22/2018MISSISSIPPI ST28-7W10W56U47-2298-14-71128-5616-32-1451
9/29/2018S CAROLINA24-10W-1W52.5U46-19513-20-132135-12817-34-1934
10/6/2018@ TEXAS A&M14-20L5.5L49U30-7013-20-108045-16418-30-2262
10/27/2018@ MISSOURI15-14W7.5W54.5U35-9125-39-294135-8415-27-1650
11/10/2018@ TENNESSEE7-24L-5L43U35-7723-38-185340-21512-20-1972
11/17/2018MIDDLE TENN ST            
11/24/2018@ LOUISVILLE            
MIDDLE TENN ST: He might be 24 years old, but quarterback Brent Stockstill will once again be under center in his father Rick's offense this season. He missed six games last year, but threw for at least 30 touchdowns and less than 10 picks in each of the previous two. Expect another big year, as he will be surrounded by weapons in the passing game. Defensively, Middle Tennessee's front seven is rock solid. The problem is that there's not much talent behind it. It won't necessarily be a bad unit, but it's not quite good enough to get the Blue Raiders over the hump.
KENTUCKY: There are no questions at running back for the Wildcats, with Benny Snell coming off back-to back 1,000-yard seasons, but there could not be more questions at quarterback. Sophomores Terry Wilson, a junior college transfer, and Gunnar Hoak enter the season bereft of experience'neither has seen the field in a Division I game before. They'll lean on the defense, which returns eight starters but, given its struggles, still faces a learning curve of its own. Kentucky plays four of its first five games at home, including two conference games. Getting out of September above .500 is crucial to avoiding a finish in the East basement.
No. 17 Kentucky hopes offense comes alive vs. Middle Tennessee

No panic mode for Kentucky. Despite struggling on offense in losses to Georgia and Tennessee the last two weeks, coach Mark Stoops plans no major changes for the No. 17 Wildcats as they host Middle Tennessee State Saturday in their final home game of 2018.

Kickoff at Kroger Field in Lexington is noon ET on the SEC Network.

"That wouldn't be a very good idea," Stoops said when asked if it is time to re-think his entire offensive scheme. "We got two opportunities to get the most victories we've had in a regular season since 1977. I don't think that'd be very wise.

"We did a lot of good things to win seven games, and we plan on trying to get to eight and nine. I appreciate all the good things that they did to put us in that position. That would be called panic mode."

The Wildcats (7-3) managed only 262 yards in total offense in the loss to the Volunteers after rushing and passing for 310 against Georgia the week before. They have failed to reach the 300-yard mark in three of their last five games after getting to at least that mark in each of their first five games.

Not coincidentally running back Benny Snell Jr. has reached the 100-yard mark rushing only once in his last six games. He was in triple digits in three of his first four games with a season-high 175 in the win over Florida.

It could be that opponents have caught up with the junior, who is threatening to become Kentucky's all-time leading rusher. He needs to average 108 yards over Kentucky's next three games (two regular season plus the bowl) to pass Sonny Collins' record of 3,835 yards.

"They've been defending it differently," Snell said. "They've been loading the box from now to the beginning of the year. That really shouldn't matter to me."

Stoops said a "lot of things" go into the issue.

"Part of our recipe to win a bunch of games is we have to make long drives," Stoops said. "In our victories throughout the season, we've had 12-, 13-play drives because we're not overly explosive.

"But, you have to be very good and you have to be very precise, and you can't have a missed assignment here, a missed assignment there."

Middle Tennessee could present an opportunity for the Wildcats to get their running game together. The Blue Raiders (7-3) have allowed opponents to rush for an average of 165 yards a game, but have won their last four games, the last a 49-32 race against UTEP.

"They're creating big plays and they're getting ahead and scoring some points," Stoops said, "and then they are throwing the ball and certainly that was the case this past week with UTEP. They jumped out on a big lead on them and then they're throwing it and creating big plays. Their defense has been very good at forcing turnovers."

Quarterback Brent Stockstill, son of coach Rick Stockstill, leads the Raiders offense and has passed for 857 yards his last three games.

"He's one of those guys he's a real gamer," Stoops said. "You can put pressure on him, you can get him out of the pocket, and he finds guys open. He puts it in good spots, he throws a catchable ball. You got to have a lot of respect for the way he plays."

Kentucky has finished its conference schedule, finishing 5-3 in the SEC East, but the Raiders are 6-1 in Conference USA play and have a key league game coming up the following week against UAB. Stockstill (the coach) says he won't pull any punches by pulling players against Kentucky.

"We are going to try to win this game," he said, "and worry about next week next week."

This will be the third SEC opponent for the Blue Raiders, who lost to Vanderbilt 35-7 and Georgia 49-7 in early September.

"We are looking forward to it," coach Stockstill said. "We know the challenge that lies ahead, but we are excited about it."

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