Middle Tennessee and Mississippi State: Blue Raiders Look for Historic Upset

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IOctober 16, 2009

GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 8:  Quarterback Omarr Conner #14 of Mississippi State looks to hand off against the University of Florida in the second quarter on October 8, 2005 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

A Blue Raider victory on Saturday will be history making for the Sun Belt Conference. For the first time ever, a Sun Belt team would have three non-conference wins against 1-A opponents.

The Blue Raiders have defeated Memphis, Maryland, and possibly Mississippi State.

If the Blue Raiders are to win, however, it will be on the arms and legs of quarterback Dwight Dasher. Recently news has come out of Dasher practicing with the second string. Whether or not this is simply to make Mississippi State prepare for more, nobody will know until Saturday.

Personally, I expect Dasher for the entire game.

A recent arrest has come across the wires regarding the Blue Raiders as well. Wide receiver Patrick Honeycut along with linebacker Gorby Loreus and backup quarterback Nick Coleman were all arrested at a house party.

Honeycut and Coleman were cited with furnishing alcohol to minors. Loreus was cited with underage consumption of alcohol.

The good news for the Blue Raiders is that a punishment was decided to be dealt with 'in house' meaning these players will play Saturday.

I personally don't see how these men can play Saturday, but that's another subject.

If the Blue Raiders can get the offense back on track following the Troy game, they will win the game.

I'm not calling this an upset. I fully expect the Blue Raiders to be the better team. If the offense doesn't get better, though, they will lose. It won't be pretty.

ESPNU will be airing the game, so tune in for your second chance for Blue Raider football on national television.

Score Prediction:

Middle Tennessee 30

Mississippi State 27