3rd Quarter Report

After a tough loss on the road their last time out, Sam Houston looks much better today on their home field. A win is still up for grabs for either team after three quarters, but Sam Houston is up 16-13 over Middle Tennessee.

If Sam Houston keeps playing like this, they'll bump their record up to 3-9 in no time. On the other hand, Middle Tennessee will have to make due with a 4-8 record unless they turn things around (and fast).

Who's Playing

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders @ Sam Houston Bearkats

Current Records: Middle Tennessee 4-7, Sam Houston 2-9

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday, November 25, 2023 at 12 p.m. ET
  • Where: Elliot T. Bowers Stadium -- Huntsville, Texas
  • TV: ESPN+
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
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  • Ticket Cost: $24.15

What to Know

Middle Tennessee has enjoyed a two-game homestand but will soon have to dust off their road jerseys. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and the Sam Houston Bearkats will face off in a Conference USA battle at 12:00 p.m. ET on Saturday at Elliot T. Bowers Stadium. Sam Houston took a loss in their last matchup and will be looking to turn the tables on Middle Tennessee, who comes in off a win.

Last Saturday, even if it wasn't a dominant performance, Middle Tennessee beat UTEP 34-30.

Middle Tennessee can attribute much of their success to Holden Willis, who picked up 105 receiving yards and two touchdowns, and Nicholas Vattiato, who threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns. Vattiato has been a model of consistency, as he's now posted a passer rating of 70 or better in the last 11 games he's played.

Meanwhile, Sam Houston was within striking distance but couldn't close the gap on Saturday as they fell 28-23 to Western Kentucky.

The loss doesn't tell the whole story though, as several players had good games. One of the most active was Noah Smith, who picked up 115 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Middle Tennessee pushed their record up to 4-7 with that victory, which was their third straight at home. As for Sam Houston, their defeat dropped their record down to 2-9.

While only Middle Tennessee took care of their fans the last time they played, neither team managed to cover. Looking ahead, Middle Tennessee is the favorite in this one, as the experts expect to see them win by 3.5 points. This will be their first time playing as the favorites on the road this season.


Middle Tennessee is a 3.5-point favorite against Sam Houston, according to the latest college football odds.

Bettors have moved against the Blue Raiders slightly, as the game opened with the Blue Raiders as a 5-point favorite.

The over/under is set at 50.5 points.

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Injury Report for Sam Houston

  • Ife Adeyi: Out for the Season (Undisclosed)
  • Trapper Pannell: doubtful (Lower Leg)
  • Zach Hrbacek: questionable (Undisclosed)
  • Charles Crawford III: doubtful (Undisclosed)
  • Elijah Sohn: questionable (Undisclosed)
  • Qua'Vez Humphreys: doubtful (Foot)
  • Landan Brown: doubtful (Undisclosed)

Injury Report for Middle Tennessee

  • Justin Olson: out (Undisclosed)