2014 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Football Schedule

Final Record: 6-6, 5-3 (C-USA)
Date   Opponent Time/TV Tickets
Aug. 30
Tigers Savannah State Tigers
Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN
Won 61-7
Sep. 6
Gophers at Minnesota Golden Gophers
TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
Lost 35-24
Sep. 13
Hilltoppers Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN
Won 50-47 (3OT)
Sep. 20
Tigers at Memphis Tigers
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN
Lost 36-17
Sep. 26
Monarchs at Old Dominion Monarchs
Foreman Field, Norfolk, VA
Won 38-28
Oct. 4
Golden Eagles Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN
Won 37-31
Oct. 11
Thundering Herd at Marshall Thundering Herd
Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV
Lost 49-24
Oct. 18
Blazers UAB Blazers (HC)
Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN
Won 34-22
Oct. 25
Open Date
Nov. 1
Cougars BYU Cougars
Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN
Lost 27-7
Nov. 8
Open Date
Nov. 15
Golden Panthers at FIU Golden Panthers
FIU Stadium, Miami, FL
Lost 38-28
Nov. 22
Owls Florida Atlantic Owls
Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN
Won 35-34
Nov. 29
Miners at UTEP Miners
Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX
Lost 24-21

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    1. Day
      August 9, 2016 at 11:40 am

      This is a cute article, I would’ve kept out A&M vs UTSA since this is their 1st ever meeting.

    2. Hail Southern!
      August 9, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      If you watched the 2014 Georgia Southern @ Georgia Tech game or better yet, if you attended the game, then you would know the ACC referees took the game out of the players hands with a terrible reversal of an ON THE FIELD call (requires indisputable evidence…it’s still being disputed). Georgia Southern was the better team that day and still has the more dynamic roster. Thank you Paul Johnson and the Tech AD for not being scared (UGAg) and rescheduling the Eagles…GS won’t leave it in question this go around. It would be great for the state if GS and Tech continued to schedule a game (maybe a H&H once Paulson Stadium is expanded to 30k) every other year. Athletically, as of late, the two schools are closer to peers than big brother-little brother.

      • Kevin Kelley
        August 9, 2016 at 8:24 pm

        Georgia has played Georgia Southern six times since 1992, Georgia Tech only once. I don’t think Georgia is scared of GS.

      • Hail Southern!
        August 10, 2016 at 5:09 pm

        Interesting that 5 of those 6 times were when Georgia Southern had 63 scholarships. The 6th game was a carry over from GS’s FCS days and Georgia elected to move the game from 2016 to 2015 probably because they didn’t want an additional year of FBS recruiting for GS. Georgia was gifted that win last year and every dawg fan knows it. For both parties, it is understood that Georgia no longer wants any part in scheduling GS and frankly that’s fine by me.

      • Atlanta_Mafia
        August 11, 2016 at 10:23 am

        Don’t worry Kevin Kelly, that’s just GS non-sense talk. They told GSU that they’d never beat GS – but in the just the second meeting (last year) GSU gave them their worst defeat in the history of Paulson High School County Stadium, The glory days of GS are behind them. The newsflash to GS is that they are the #4 team in the state of Georgia and they think that they are #1.

      • William Satterwhite
        August 11, 2016 at 4:33 pm

        Georgia Tech got up big in that game and then let up and allowed Georgia Southern back in, the Eagles were far from the better team that day.

      • H
        August 11, 2016 at 5:34 pm

        Georgia Southern’s coach was on his way out and focused on a million dollar salary…way to go. How’d that bowl game work out for the mighty Panthers? Let’s compare some numbers for a minute…17-53 (129th in FBS) vs. 375-200-10 (14th in FBS)…0 D1 National Championships vs. 6 D1 National Championships (most all-time)…0 D1 Conference Titles vs. 11 D1 Conference Titles. WHEW! I can certainly understand why a Panther fan (those exist?) would cling like hell to that win against Georgia Southern! Run along now, let us men get back to it.

      • Atlanta_Mafia
        August 12, 2016 at 7:11 pm

        GS has never beat UGA – GS has never beat GT – GS is 50/50 against GSU.
        So your excuse is that GS got pounded at home by GSU cause your coach was dreaming about a real job? Really? That’s all it took for the mighty Beagles to lose at home? A coach’s daydream? All that tripe that GS spews about GSU and you got pounded in just the second effing year by a five year old football team? Fact is that Richt got fired because he almost lost to GS so that should tell you about how little respect there is for the GS product. So maybe GS needs to realize that they may start to fall behind KSU or Mercer. You guys have such an incredible false sense of entitlement from all those Pee-Wee league trophies. Probably ought to go on back to FCS Pee-Wee league! How about that Capt GAyTAy?

      • Hail Southern!
        August 13, 2016 at 1:11 pm

        The Real GSU has played UGA and GT once with equal scholarships. Do you understand that having 22 less scholarships is a disadvantage? Once the playing field was made even, the Real GSU lost by a combined 10 points in their first outings with 85 scholarships. Again, I appreciate GT rescheduling the Real GSU unlike UGAg (I bet you’re a UGAg fan before a GAy St fan). Do you understand that when a head coach does not prep their team for a game that the team is unprepared? Big concepts here. Do you have any facts or just opinions? Richt was on the hot seat at the start of that season and the season before that…try to keep up. The fact that you recognize KSU and Mercer says a lot about where you view GAy St. Pee-Wee trophies…you’re talking about Division 1 National Championships. Do you understand that prior to the College Football Playoff, the FCS Playoff was the highest form of a college football playoff in existence? Oh but computers picking two teams worked out every time. The Real GSU should go back to FCS? You mean the Real GSU with the 18-7 FBS record (.720)? How about GAy St with the 7-30 FBS record (.189). This is too easy man, c’mon. (A) Why would GAy St field a football team and (B) why would ANYONE be a fan???? LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL!!!

      • stoopnagle
        August 26, 2016 at 4:03 pm

        Southern has never beaten Georgia and never will.

    3. Matt Rigby
      August 9, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      what about the Brigham Young-Utah State game or the Notre Dame-Navy game?

      • David
        August 9, 2016 at 10:19 pm

        Neither BYU nor USU are a Power 5. And Notre Dame and Navy aren’t in the same state.

      • Adam
        August 10, 2016 at 11:47 am

        Matt probably meant to say the BYU-Utah game. Utah is a P5, but BYU is not. The summary would read something like this:

        Utah-Brigham Young

        When: Saturday, Sept. 10, 5:30pm MT
        Where: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT
        All-Time Series Leader: Utah, 58-34-4 (62.5%)
        Last-Five: Utah, 5-0 (100%)

        Utah has dominated its little brother, BYU, over the last 13 meetings (10-3, 77%). And they will certainly do so again this fall.

      • Bill
        August 10, 2016 at 3:27 pm

        how would BYU qualify as a “Big” brother?

      • C
        August 11, 2016 at 12:15 pm

        Bill, Utah would be the big brother

      • Mark S
        August 11, 2016 at 3:43 pm

        Someone asked that on Twitter, FBSchedules replied “BYU generally considered P5 so not included.”

      • Matt
        August 11, 2016 at 4:54 pm

        BYU fits the P5 requirement for scheduling for most if not all conferences. The SEC looks at BYU as a P5…last time I checked the SEC is the premier program in College Football.

    4. Bill
      August 10, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      good article ….but i would say Georgia Southern has a much better chance of beating Georgia Tech than many of the games you have ranked as more likely. I don’t think very many people would be surprised is Georgia Southern wins that game.

    5. KF Baxter
      August 11, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      Utah had to be invited to a conference to be considered P5. BYU did it on their own.

      • Wade
        August 12, 2016 at 7:54 am

        BYU is considered by some to be a P5 “for scheduling purposes.” But we’re not actually a P5, since we don’t belong to a P5 conference. That’s why it’s so important for us to get into the Big XII…the fate and viability of our football program rests on it. If we don’t get in and become an actual P5, our future looks no better than that of New Mexico State.

      • Buzz Waldron
        September 8, 2016 at 1:49 pm

        By that thinking, Toledo would also be considered a Power 5 Power Team, since it can beat 1/2 or more of teams from Power 5 Conferences…

    6. zerome4sooners
      August 12, 2016 at 8:23 am

      Little brother = going on every web site possible to talk about how Utah should really be a big brother

    7. Sean
      August 15, 2016 at 3:04 pm

      I think ECU is NC State’s big brother when it comes to football.

      August 22, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      What about Penn State vs Pitt this year?

    9. Craig
      August 23, 2016 at 1:11 am

      I don’t think many Ohio State fans see any MAC schools as “little brother.” The only school that would make sense to have that designation would be U of Cincinnati.

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    1. Randy
      August 26, 2015 at 11:02 pm

      Any news on Kan St, So Caro, BC, NC, and Mia-FL 2016 schedules? And NIU?

      Several months ago Kansas St AD was in the media stating the Wildcats were very close to completing their 2016 schedule and would soon announce a home game with a G5 opponent, and once again will not play a P5 OOC opponent. Several months later no announce and not many G5 choices out there, are there?

      Will some of these teams end up playing two FCS opponents in 2016?

      The following programs will not play a P5 OOC opponent in 2016:
      Miss St, WSU, Utah, Arizona, Maryland, Purdue, Baylor, Kansas, Kansas St, AF, and Toledo

      Of these Miss St, Utah, Arizona, and Toledo will play BYU.

      Maybe Bill Snyder will allow the Wildcats to play BYU in a neutral field game in KC (as Missouri is doing this season)?

      • G of F
        August 26, 2015 at 11:17 pm

        BYU only has 1 home game available for 2016, perhaps Kansas could make a road trip to Provo;)

      • Why?
        August 26, 2015 at 11:57 pm

        The SEC and ACC consider BYU a P5 team and from the looks of scheduling the Pac 12 does too.
        Maybe we all should

      • schoup
        August 27, 2015 at 11:46 am

        The P12 has always played BYU often, this isn’t some new happening like is going on with ACC and SEC who designated them equal to a P5 b/c they don’t want to play actual P5’s. Btw, the ACC and SEC are cowards too scared to play a 9 game conf despite everyone knows it’s asinine with 14 teams in 6-1-1 format b/c you play 6 members just twice in 12 years. The ACC and SEC meantime are in annual battle for playing the most FCS schools each having all 14 teams play one every year.

    2. Randy
      August 27, 2015 at 12:47 am

      GofF…It’s Kansas St and not Kansas.

      BYU 2016 schedule currently has 5 home, 4 “away”, and 2 “neutral field” games.

      I bet the Holmoe would glady trade another home game for a neutral field game, if the revenue and opponent were right. Game would need to be 10/29 or 11/05. Actually, since the Big12 does not have a championship game, BYU vs Kansas State could be played on 12/03.

      Or maybe BYU fans would rather settle for a Weber St vs BYU game in Provo?

      • @dbrunstheworld
        August 27, 2015 at 10:53 am

        BYU AD Tom Holmoe has stated BYU will play a minimum six home games per season. Expect an FCS addition.

      • G of F
        August 27, 2015 at 3:06 pm

        Yeah I realized I made that mistake after I posted. BYU will not settle for 5 home games, we would rather have an FCS home game than another neutral site game hundreds of miles away so that we can watch our team play. I’m sure K-State fans feel the same way.

    3. Kenneth Craig Brown
      August 27, 2015 at 6:41 am

      I wouldn’t mind if BYU invited Purdue to come to Provo!

    4. Craig
      August 27, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Re: The following programs will not play a P5 OOC opponent in 2016:
      Miss St, WSU, Utah, Arizona, Maryland, Purdue, Baylor, Kansas, Kansas St, AF, and Toledo

      All of the above programs 2016 schedules are full, except for Kansas St.

      So a Purdue-BYU game is not happening.

      Four P5 programs (Kansas St, South Carolina, Miami-FL, NC), each with FCS programs already on their schedule, have one more non-FCS OOC game to announce

      The media had reported NC has added The Citadel to their 2016 schedule, with one more game yet to schedule.

      BC has two openings, needing a P5 opponent, and the other game likely a FCS opponent.

      So Kansas St and BC are the only two P5 programs, with openings still on their schedule, which have yet to schedule a P5 OOC opponent.

      Will NC-BC opt for a non-conference game against each other?

      But both, like everyone else, wants a home game.

      NIU, with three G5 OOC opponents scheduled, is hoping to schedule a P5 opponent (after Nebraska cancelled), but may have to settle for a G5 or FCS opponent.

      Eight P5 programs and 13 G5 programs i(including BYU) still have a slot open for a potential FCS opponent.

      Will Florida, Florida St or Stanford opt to play a FCS opponent or schedule a G5 opponent?

      It is possible UNLV, Nevada, NM, Boise St, Mass and/or Hawaii will use their ‘Hawaii exception’ to schedule a 13th game?

      Waiting to see which of the 26 programs still looking for a game opt for a game with an FCS opponent, versus paying a big guarantee to, or scheduling a 2-for-1 with, a G5 opponent..

      • schoup
        August 27, 2015 at 11:50 am

        Your under some assumption that all conferences are requiring members to play P5’s OOC yearly. B12 nor the ACC has not made any such statement that I know of. The only way all conf are going to go to 9 game conf, to playing 1 p5 OOC and no fcs schools; all which should occur is if the CFP says if a team doesn;t they are ineligible for the playoff. So, teams can choose not to but they also are saying we have no desire to be in the playoff.

      • Kenneth Craig Brown
        August 27, 2015 at 6:56 pm

        I guess I read that wrong!

    5. Craig
      August 27, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      I’m not under any assumption. I’m just posting some possibilities.

      Some lower division P5 programs very much want to play another P5 program in OOC play. But some others have been going to the extreme from doing so, especially if it means playing a home-and-home outside of their region or not getting a seventh game at home. e.g. Kansas State.

      The playoff committee should not credit KSU’s strategy, just the same they should not credit many SEC programs scheduling strategies.

      I applaud the B1G going to a 9-game conference schedule, and eliminating (minimizing?) games vs FCS. But the B1G needs to go further and mandate a minimum of one game vs a P5 OOC opponent.

      The Pac-12 and the Big12 should do the same.

      On the other hand P5 programs should be applauded for scheduling perennially strong FCS programs (e.g. North Dakota St).

      However I’m unconvinced BYU should qualify as an equivalent of a P5 opponent, when Boise State is not.

      I could care less about the programs purposely scheduling weak or want seven home games to provide an opportunity to become bowl eligible in order to earn a marginal bowl invite. But purposely avoiding home-and-home series, and scheduling weak home games in order to have an opportunity to be selected for the playoffs should be rejected by the playoff committee.

      And the playoff committee should keep in mind when games are cancelled, and who does the cancelling. For example Texas A&M cancelling on Oregon for 2018. Oregon could still possibly end up playing Wisconsin or Ol’ Miss in 2018, but if that does not happen then the Ducks shouldn’t be punished f they are unable to fill that hole created by the Aggies. (similar to when both Georgia and Kansas St cancelled games with Oregon). Oregon was able to fill the 2019 hole scheduling another one of those so-called “neutral site” games with Auburn. But a home-and-home would have been much preferred.

      • schoupo
        August 27, 2015 at 1:52 pm

        The B10 is mandating d no FCS and requiring a P5 OOC. There are only a couple not in compliance and the B10 has said they will allow them to honor their contracts, but future years they must have no FCS and a P5 OOC. A few schools have made changes already and gotten out of scheduled games but the B10 isn’t making them break a set contract if they don’t want to.

      • schoup
        August 27, 2015 at 2:00 pm

        On scheduling weak. Schools can’t necessarily predict when they are going to have a good year. Look at last year, several typically marginal SEC teams Ole mIss and MIss St were highly ranked at points yet they had weak OOC b/c most years they know they need those games to get to a “marginal” bowl game. To prevent that I say no fcs and required P5 or forfeit CFP eligibility that year, You scheduled cr@p b/c you expected to be mediocre you should not be rewarded.

        On cancellation the CFP isn’t going to look into that stuff IMHO. They are not even stern enough not to consider schools like Baylor who haven’t played a p5 in 8+ years while always playing a FCS school. Before the season even started no matter what Baylor did in 2014 I viewed them as a non contender b/c they purposely schedule a garbage OOC and have for a decade.

    6. Craig
      August 27, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      Schoup said: “The only way all conf are going to go to 9 game conf, to playing 1 p5 OOC and no fcs schools; all which should occur is if the CFP says if a team doesn;t they are ineligible for the playoff. So, teams can choose not to but they also are saying we have no desire to be in the playoff.”

      I would support such a policy. But no way that’s going to happen in the near future.

      First, the B12 needs to add two programs and play a championship game (they should not receive a waiver from the NCAA on this). Then the next step is ND joining the ACC full-time (Notre Dame should not be receiving any extra advantages as it is currently receiving). Then both the ACC and SEC need go to a 9-game conference schedule.

      The next step would then be requiring all members of P5 conferences to play minimum of one P5 OOC opponent per season., and reducing the number of FCS games. I’m not advocating eliminating all FCS games. But programs scheduling weak FCS opponents should have their SOS rating further penalized by the playoff committee.

      • schoup
        August 27, 2015 at 2:14 pm

        I agree with all that. On ND they will keep milking it as long as they are allowed. The BCS and now CFP gave them a sweetheart deal. ND isn’t going to turn down an advantage out of the goodness of their heart. Also, in the ACC/ND agreement if ND joins a conference anytime before the end of the agreement it must be the ACC. So if there is more realignment that forces ND hand then the ACC is in the cat bird seat.

        ND should really just join as they have tied all their other sports to the ACC. SB Nation had an article months ago about some supposed source saying texas wants to join the ACC when then the B12 tv deal is done and they are talking to convince ND. Texas to ACC actually makes sense as an extra benefit ND would like. ND has made a concerted effort to get to TX often with series with TX and A&M upcoming as well as past neutral site games. They want to recruit Tx just like they make an effort to always get to CA every yrear via USC and Stanford series. The ACC services alot of ND’s major alumni areas.

    7. Craig
      August 28, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      Indeed, ND is not looking a gif t horse in the mouth. I don’t understand the dynamics of why the ND AD received a spot on the playoff committee and are being catered too so heavily.

      Does the ND-ACC football agreement have a renewal date, where ND can decide to go back to being a football independent but at the same time keep its Olympic sports in the ACC? Indeed ND likes Texas country.

      Didn’t know about Texas wanting to join the ACC. So when does the B12 TV contract come up for renewal?

      So is it possible ND is waiting for a Texas-ACC decision before jumping wholesale into the ACC? With ND having their own TV contract with NBC, are they likely to join the ACC as a full football member? For that to happen the ACC would have to bend over backwards for ND. And Texas has their own ESPN contract, so the ACC would have to bend over for Texas as well.

      If Texas decides to dump the Big12 for the ACC, then that would be the end of the Big12 as we know it, and would leave Oklahoma on the outside. I have been presuming Oklahoma is glued to the hip of Texas. So would Oklahoma be more likely to join the Pac-12, as was the well advertised possibility a few years back when it appeared like four schools would break off the Big12 and join the Pac-12? Or would the B1G or SEC be interested in Oklahoma, and vice versa? For Olympic sports, joining the SEC West would likely be the Sooners better move.

      And if the B12 is going to lose Texas, possibly causing the collapse of the conference, is it prudent for BYU wanting to join the B12 before the B12 decides its future. Or will BYU hold out for an Pac-12 invite? Or is BYU now happy with their independent status? BYU’s geographic location smack between but outside of both the P12 and B12 regions, doesn’t bode well for their Olympic sports programs traveling. But I don;t see either conference wanting BYU as a football only member.

      I believe both the SEC and the ACC will be voting to go 9-game conference schedules in the near future. So that will make it more difficult for BYU to schedule P5 opponents, especially in the last half of the season.

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    1. Yosh
      July 28, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      FB Schedules gonna add this as #6 of series that should be played annually

    2. Michael
      July 29, 2014 at 3:24 am

      Duke and power conference…..what a joke THAT is!! *LOL*

      • Bill (the one that's commenting for years; not the newbie)
        July 31, 2014 at 12:31 pm

        You could have talked the same trash about Northwestern and Stanford a few years back, and they both built excellent programs. Duke is a little behind them, but has a great chance of catching up.

    3. FormerBaller17
      September 18, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      For the guy that said “Duke and power conference…what a joke” Duke beat Miami, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, and Johnny football barely beat them by 4 points on a miracle Johnny football play, they this year just completely crushed Kansas out of the Big 12 and played their 3rd stringers ha…So unless you don’t consider the SEC and/or the Big 12 as power conferences…then your lack of analyzing information is a “Joke” lol. Might as well throw the Big Ten in there too since Virginia Tech just went into Columbus and beat Ohio State on their home field. Silly Michael. haha

    1. Go Raiders
      February 3, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      Wish they would make Thanksgiving weekend an actual rivalry week. As a Middle fan, I would much rather play WKU over UTEP

    2. Schlag
      February 3, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      FIU x2 FCS games…why?

    3. Kyle
      February 4, 2014 at 2:07 am

      I will never understand why conferences schedule games the last week of the season that could be a rematch in the Championship game the next week. While very unlikely, why run the risk?

    4. Pancho
      February 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      Is New Mexico vs Rice still happening in 2014? Only see 11 games for Rice.

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