Army 42, Middle Tennessee 0: It would have been nice to play the Blue Raiders

By Mike McDaniel | September 08
Army 42, Middle Tennessee 0: It would have been nice to play the Blue Raiders

In a 2020 fall environment free of the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia Tech was scheduled to play Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro on September 19th.

However, due to COVID-19 and changes to the college football schedule, that game will no longer take place. The Hokies will instead host UVA in its season opener on the 19th.

And that's a shame, because Middle Tennessee is absolutely atrocious.

I mean, they're really bad.

Let's recap the Blue Raiders' season opener against Army, shall we?


Army 42 Middle Tennessee 0

For those of you who like to bet a couple dollars on college football, I hope you hammered the Black Knights. This was a beatdown.

Here are some quick stats:

Total Yards

Army: 368

Middle Tennessee: 184

3rd Down Efficiency

Army: 13-15

Middle Tennessee: 3-9

Turnovers

Army: 0

Middle Tennessee: 4

Army is an option offense. We all thought Middle Tennessee was aware of that, but apparently not.

The Black Knights rushed the ball 62 times in the football game for 340 yards and five touchdowns. They averaged 5.5 yards per attempt on the day. They only felt the need to attempt four passes, which says all you need to know about Middle Tennessee's rushing defense.

The Blue Raiders on the other hand?

Advancing the ball past the line of scrimmage felt like a victory in and of itself.

The Blue Raiders rushed the ball 24 times for 75 yards. That's an average of 3.3 yards per carry, which isn't great no matter how you slice it. They also lost two fumbles.

Passing the ball was also...let's call it suboptimal.

The Blue Raiders cycled in two quarterbacks, as junior Asher O'Hara started the game while fellow junior Chase Cunningham entered the contest in relief.

O'Hara was 9-14 for 46 yards and two interceptions. Cunningham was a bit better, going 7-10 for 63 yards. The duo overall was 16-24 for 109 yards and two interceptions.

That's right, SIXTEEN completions for 109 yards. Not great...at all.

To be totally fair to Middle Tennessee, Army was ranked 41st nationally in total defense last season, and returns a decent amount of production from that unit. This is no slouch of a defense, but it was still an embarrassing performance.

When you can't score a single point on a service academy, you know your game plan (and roster composition) probably isn't where it should be.

Virginia Tech's talented roster probably would have hung 60+ on Middle Tennessee if that game was played as scheduled, but instead the Hokies draw Liberty in their lone conference game, which is a much better team from top-to-bottom than the Blue Raiders.

The Hokies should still win that game handily later this season, but the absolute dumpster fire that is the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders would have been a sight to behold against Virginia Tech this fall.

Mike McDaniel

Mike McDaniel

As a first generation Hokie, I can't say that Virginia Tech has always been in my blood, but I can say unequivocally that I bleed maroon and orange now. I graduated from the Pamplin College of Business in 2015 with a double major in accounting and finance, and have parlayed that into a five-year career in government compliance consulting in the Washington D.C. metro area where I grew up. At Tech, I enjoyed going to as many sporting events as I could, playing four years for the Club Golf team, and realizing my passion for writing and creating content.


I have previously written for Gobbler Country on the SB Nation network, Fighting Gobbler for Fansided, InsideTheACC.com, The Tech Lunch Pail, and most recently for Sports Illustrated's All Hokies, where I was the lead publisher.


In addition to writing, I am also co-host of Basketball Conference: The ACC Football Podcast and the Hokie Hangover Podcast covering Virginia Tech athletics.


I'm passionate about Virginia Tech, but also hope to bring an objective and journalistic background to enhance the already fantastic athletic coverage here at Sons of Saturday.



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