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Blue Raiders Picked to Win SBC by CFN

June 29, 2001 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - CollegeFootballNews.com debuted its preview on Middle Tennessee's upcoming football campaign by selecting the Blue Raiders to win the Sun Belt Conference with an 8-3 overall record. CFN also tabbed the Blue Raiders as the 79th best team in the nation entering the season out of 117 Division I-A programs.

"This sky is the limit for the Blue Raiders," quoted CFN. "Vanderbilt is beatable if the MT D can tighten up, then there's not another game on the slate they should not be favored in until their seventh game at Mississippi. They'll probably lose to the Rebels and LSU, but they might give them nightmares."

The publication also broke down the offense and defense with grades and here is a look at the Blue Raider report card: Quarterbacks: B+; Running Backs: A; Recievers: B+; Offensive Line: C-; Defensive Line: B-; Linebackers: C; Defensive Backs: C+; and Special Teams: A-.

Athlon Magazine, based in nearby Nashville, is on the stands, but they are not as high on the Blue Raiders as other preseason publications. Athlon picks Middle Tennessee second in the SBC behind Idaho and 94th out of 117 teams in its preseason poll. Athlon selected Dwone Hicks, Kendall Newson, Tanaka Scott, Jykine Bradley and Brian Kelly on its preseason all-Sun Belt team.

The Blue Raiders will begin preseason practice on Aug. 3 when the freshmen report in preparation for the 2001 season opener at Vanderbilt on Aug. 30.

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