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Blue Raiders Have Tough Schedule in Store for 09'

Chad Minton@@chad_mintonCorrespondent IJuly 21, 2009

The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders will have plenty of opportunities this upcoming season to prove that they can jump to college football's next level.

As usual, the most difficult part of the schedule will definitely be the non-conference portion, which includes three teams that made bowl games last season. In all, the Blue Raiders will play five teams that made bowl appearances last season.

There will be little time once the season starts for the Blue Raiders to make adjustments, as they start off the season in extremely hostile territory by taking on Clemson.

If the Blue Raiders can figure out how the play competitively against the Tigers, then a loss wouldn't be the end of the world.

One great thing about the schedule is that the Blue Raiders will get six home games, something they haven't enjoyed since 2003.

 They went 4-1 at home last season, including a win over Maryland.

Another history-making moment involved in this year's schedule is Mississippi State coming to town on October 17. This will mark the first time an SEC team will make the trip to Murfreesboro.

Don't count the Blue Raiders out against MSU. Last season in Starkville, the Blue Raiders were neck and neck with the Bulldogs until the midway point of the fourth quarter before losing 31-22.

The Floyd Stadium crowd will be rocking for this game, and it's very likely that the attendance record will shattered.

Memphis will also visit Floyd Stadium after the Blue Raiders defeated the Tigers in the 2007 season at the Liberty Bowl.

Even though this schedule is probably one of the most challenging this program has ever seen, it will give MTSU football a great opportunity to step into the spotlight.

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