NOTEBOOK: Football ready for Thanksgiving weekend battle in Miami

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Middle Tennessee football heads to Miami for the second time this season, for its second game with a South Florida team in as many weeks, taking on FIU this Saturday at 5 p.m. CT.
 
The Panthers are coming off back-to-back blowout losses to FAU and UTEP but have been much more respectable this season than last, winning four games in 11 tries after winning one out of 12 in 2021.
 
“They played two tough games,” Head Coach Rick Stockstill said. “Played a good Florida Atlantic team and played a good UTEP team on the road. That’s a tough place to play, it’s a long way to go to get there. I think they’re getting better every week. They’re playing more consistent.”
 
The FIU offense has been rough all season, averaging a miniscule 17.82 points per game, by far the worst mark in C-USA. But the defense, when on, has done enough to keep the Panthers in plenty of games, holding Charlotte to 14 points and New Mexico State to seven points in wins earlier this season. While MTSU enters Saturday a heavy favorite, much work will need to be done around the holiday this week to make that reality.
 
Stockstill said that school ending on Tuesday lets them move practice time up a couple of hours on Wednesday and Thursday, but the holiday doesn’t impact their schedule too much at the end of the day.
 
Chase Cunningham, for his part, can think of nowhere else he’d rather be in his sixth year of college football.
 
“That’s one of the things I’m most thankful for, football and the opportunity that God gave me to play,” Cunningham said. “Getting to spend it with my teammates and coaches…super thankful for the opportunity Coach Stock gave me and getting to spend it with them and my teammates.”
 
Cunningham, Ross earn Weekly Conference USA Honors
 
Thanks to their excellent performances on the gridiron against FAU, Chase Cunningham and Teldrick Ross were named Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, by the Conference USA office on Monday.
 

 
Cunningham earned the weekly award for the second time this season, after just missing the school record for completions (40, now second the Blue Raider record book) and passing yards (448, also second), in addition to five touchdowns through the air.
 

 
Ross, meanwhile, earned his first ever Conference USA Player of the Week award thanks to his seven tackles and five pass breakups on Saturday. His 18 passes defended this season ranks second nationally, as the Macon, Ga. native has split time at both safety and cornerback in 2022.
 

 
Le Basketball Masculin Débarque au Québec
 
It’s a busy week in Montreal for the Blue Raiders, as the Middle Tennesse men’s basketball team travels north over the Thanksgiving break to take part in three games at the Northern Classic.
 

 
All three teams MTSU plays in Quebec (Hofstra, Stephen F. Austin and Montana State) are in the KenPom Top 175 to start the 2022-23 campaign. Fans can follow the action the Blue Raider Radio Network (more information on station availability this weekend below), as well as the BeTheBeast Event Live+ App, (information here).
 
Women’s Basketball heads to Las Vegas
 
Coming off their big in-state win over Belmont, the Lady Raiders will travel west over Thanksgiving, heading out to Las Vegas, Nevada with a pair of big-time matchups with Texas Tech and Missouri State.
 

 
A subscription to FloHoops will be required to follow the live stream, but the Blue Raider Radio network is always available to stream at GoBlueRaiders.com!
 
Speaking of which…
 
Radio Waves during the week
 
With so many basketball games this weekend, as well as a football game in Miami to boot, finding the Blue Raiders over the air for the radio broadcast can be a bit complicated.
 
Here’s where to find all of the MTSU Athletics programming this weekend.
 
Monday, November 21

  • FB Coaches Show

    • WGNS 101.9 FM / 1450 AM (Murfreesboro), WGNS 100.5 FM (Smyrna) – Live at 6 p.m.
    • Moving to 94.9 The Fan, 95.1 in Murfreesboro due to Predators game – Re-aired at 7 p.m.
    • Streaming on GoBlueRaiders.com and the Varsity Network App – Live at 6 p.m.

Friday, November 25

  • WBB

    • WGNS 101.9 FM / 1450 AM (Murfreesboro), WGNS 100.5 FM (Smyrna)
    • Streaming on GoBlueRaiders.com and the Varsity Network App

  • MBB

    • 94.9 The Fan, 95.1 in Murfreesboro
    • Streaming on GoBlueRaiders.com and the Varsity Network App
    • Game will not air on WGNS due to High School Football Playoff Game

Saturday, November 26

  • WBB

    • WGNS 101.9 FM / 1450 AM (Murfreesboro), WGNS 100.5 FM (Smyrna)
    • Streaming on GoBlueRaiders.com and the Varsity Network App

  • MBB

    • Moving to The Game 102.5/106.3/97.5 FM
    • Streaming on GoBlueRaiders.com and the Varsity Network App

  • FOOTBALL

    • WGNS 101.9 FM / 1450 AM (Murfreesboro), WGNS 100.5 FM (Smyrna)
    • Moving to 94.9 The Fan, 95.1 in Murfreesboro due to Predators game
    • Streaming on GoBlueRaiders.com and the Varsity Network App

Sunday, November 27

  • MBB

    • WGNS 101.9 FM / 1450 AM (Murfreesboro), WGNS 100.5 FM (Smyrna)
    • 94.9 The Fan, 95.1 in Murfreesboro
    • Streaming on GoBlueRaiders.com and the Varsity Network App

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