Southern Mississippi vs. Middle Tennessee
Blue Raiders will count on Dasher to win this shootout in New Orleans.
Southern Miss. offense vs. Middle Tennessee defense
• Up front, the Golden Eagles' offensive line has done a good job of consistently opening up holes for RB Damion Fletcher, a veteran back who displays good patience and the lateral movement that could give the Blue Raiders' front seven problems because they have struggled maintaining gap control. MLB Danny Carmichael and the rest of the linebacker corps must play with extra discipline this week and be sure not to over-pursue because Fletcher has done a good job of exploiting cut-back lanes.