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2009 New Orleans Bowl: Middle Tennessee St VS Southern Mississippi

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Last Years Pick: So Miss +4, Win

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Middle Tennessee St faces off against Southern Mississippi in the New Orleans bowl and this is one of those bowl games that if you’re going to bet on you have to do your research. Plenty of sports bettors lean to the teams that they have seen play in the regular season or from the stronger conference. 

Middle Tennessee St is one of those teams that people don’t know too much about. Start by noticing that this team finished 9-3 on the season straight up and against the number. They finished the season on a six game winning streak straight up and against the spread. This team can score and has put up plenty of points this year and is already focused on this bowl game. "Starting off your bowl practices, you have to be focused," said MTSU cornerback Alex Suber, who played in the 2006 Motor City Bowl. "I was surprised how focused everybody was (Wednesday night). When you get closer to playing that game, you have to just be who you are. You can't be too tense or try to do too much." Quarterback Dwight Dasher is the star on offense for MTSU, completing 204 of 374 passes for 2,627 yards and 21 touchdowns. He's also the Raiders' top rusher with 198 carries for 958 yards and 11 scores. 

On the other side of the coin the Golden Eagles of Southern Mississippi have played in this bowl before. In fact they have played in this game in four of the last six seasons. They have done quite well in these bowl games and it is giving this team a comfort factor about playing in the Big Easy. The Eagles have a bit of hangover after losing a close game to the Pirates of ECU  that cost them the trip to the championship game. This and a lack of focus will allow the Eagles to go through the motions heading into this game. 

MTSU will have a good traveling fan base to rival the Eagles and the Blue Raider will be able to put some points up on the board. The Blue Raiders are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a straight up win and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games. The dog is the way to go if you do your research and don’t be surprise dif they upset the Eagles on the field.  

Bowl Pick: Blue Raiders +3.5



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New Orleans bowl results and history:

New Orleans Bowl Results
Date
Won
Pts.
Lost
Pts.
12/18/01
Colorado St
45
North Texas
20
12/17/02
North Texas
25
Cincinnati
19
12/16/03
Memphis
27
North Texas
17
12/14/04
Southern Miss
31
North Texas
10
12/20/05
Southern Miss
31
Arkansas State
19
12/22/06
Troy
41
Rice
17
12/21/07
FAU
44
Memphis
27
12/20/08
So Miss (OT)
30
Troy
27
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