2017 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football team

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2017 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football
Middle Tennessee Athletics logo.svg
Camellia Bowl champion
Conference Conference USA
Division East Division
2017 record 7–6 (4–4 C-USA)
Head coach Rick Stockstill (12th season)
Offensive coordinator Tony Franklin (2nd season)
Defensive coordinator Scott Shafer (1st season)
Home stadium Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium
(Capacity: 31,000)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Florida Atlantic xy$   8 0         11 3  
FIU   5 3         8 5  
Marshall   4 4         8 5  
Western Kentucky   4 4         6 7  
Middle Tennessee   4 4         7 6  
Old Dominion   3 5         5 7  
Charlotte   1 7         1 11  
West Division
North Texas xy   7 1         9 5  
UAB   6 2         8 5  
Southern Miss   6 2         8 5  
Louisiana Tech   4 4         7 6  
UTSA   3 5         6 5  
Rice   1 7         1 11  
UTEP   0 8         0 12  
Championship: Florida Atlantic 41, North Texas 17
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of September 18, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football team represented Middle Tennessee State University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Blue Raiders played their home games at the Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium in Murfreesboro, Tennessee as members of the East Division of Conference USA (C-USA). They were led by 12th-year head coach Rick Stockstill. They finished the season 7–6, 4–4 in C-USA play to finish in a tie for third place in the East Division. They received an invite to the Camellia Bowl where they defeated Arkansas State.

Previous season[edit]

The Blue Raiders finished the 2016 season 8–5, 5–3 in C-USA play to finish in third place in the East Division. They received a bid to the Hawaii Bowl where they lost to Hawaii.

Schedule and results[edit]

Middle Tennessee announced its 2017 football schedule on January 26, 2017. The 2017 schedule consisted of six home and away games in the regular season..[1]

The Blue Raiders hosted two of the four non-conference opponents, Bowling Green from the Mid-American Conference and Vanderbilt from the Southeastern Conference and travel to Minnesota of the Big Ten Conference and Syracuse of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 7:00 p.m. Vanderbilt* Johnny "Red" Floyd StadiumMurfreesboro, TN CBSSN L 6–28   26,717
September 9 2:30 p.m. at Syracuse* Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY ACCN Extra W 30–23   29,731
September 16 2:30 p.m. at Minnesota* TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN BTN L 3–34   43,727
September 23 6:00 p.m. Bowling Green* Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium • Murfreesboro, TN ESPN3 W 24–13   16,523
September 30 6:00 p.m. at Florida Atlantic FAU StadiumBoca Raton, FL STADIUM L 20–38   12,913
October 7 2:00 p.m. FIUdagger Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium • Murfreesboro, TN ESPN3 W 37–17   15,527
October 14 5:30 p.m. at UAB Legion FieldBirmingham, AL beIN L 23–25   25,309
October 20 6:00 p.m. Marshall Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium • Murfreesboro, TN ESPN2 L 10–38   13,412
November 4 6:30 p.m. UTEP Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium • Murfreesboro, TN beIN W 30–3   11,411
November 11 1:00 p.m. at Charlotte Jerry Richardson StadiumCharlotte, NC ESPN3 W 35–21   10,937
November 17 7:00 p.m. at Western Kentucky Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith StadiumBowling Green, KY (100 Miles of Hate) CBSSN L 38–41 3OT  12,612
November 25 2:00 p.m. Old Dominion Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium • Murfreesboro, TN ESPN3 W 41–10   10,128
December 16 7:00 p.m. vs. Arkansas State* Cramton BowlMontgomery, AL (Camellia Bowl) ESPN W 35–30   20,612
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.
Schedule Source:[2]

Game summaries[edit]

Vanderbilt[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Commodores 14 7 7 0 28
Blue Raiders 0 0 0 6 6
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–14 2016 VANDY, 47–24

at Syracuse[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Raiders 2 7 7 14 30
Orange 3 10 3 7 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Minnesota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Raiders 0 3 0 0 3
Golden Gophers 3 17 7 7 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 2014 MINN, 35–24

Bowling Green[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 7 3 3 0 13
Blue Raiders 7 14 0 3 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2016 MTSU, 41–21

at Florida Atlantic[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Raiders 6 0 7 7 20
Owls 14 10 0 14 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–3 2016 MTSU, 77–56

FIU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 3 0 7 7 17
Blue Raiders 3 14 10 10 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–4 2016 MTSU, 42–35

at UAB[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Raiders 10 10 3 0 23
Blazers 9 13 0 3 25
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–2 2014 MTSU, 34–22

Marshall[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Thundering Herd 7 24 0 7 38
Blue Raiders 3 7 0 0 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–4 2016 MARSH, 42–17

UTEP[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Miners 0 0 3 0 3
Blue Raiders 10 7 7 6 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2014 UTEP, 24–21

at Charlotte[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Raiders 14 14 0 7 35
49ers 7 0 7 7 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2016 MTSU, 38–31

at WKU[edit]

1 2 3 4OT2OT3OT Total
Blue Raiders 0 3 0 21770 38
Hilltoppers 7 0 3 14773 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
34–31–1 2016 WKU, 44–432OT

Old Dominion[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Monarchs 3 0 0 7 10
Blue Raiders 3 21 7 10 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2014 MTSU, 41–28

vs Arkansas State–Camellia Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Raiders 7 14 7 7 35
Red Wolves 3 7 7 13 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–5 2012 ASU, 45–0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Raiders to face four bowl teams" (Press release). Middle Tennessee State University Department of Athletics. January 26, 2017. Retrieved January 27, 2017. 
  2. ^ "2017 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved January 27, 2017.