IRVING, Texas -- Following a dominant regular season and deep WNIT run, the MTSU Blue Raiders were selected as the Conference USA women's basketball preseason favorite to win the league's regular-season crown in 2015-16, according to the league's coaches.
The MTSU men's basketball team was slotted third in the 2015-16 C-USA Preseason Poll and Blue Raider Reggie Upshaw was voted preseason all-conference.
MTSU's football team can ill afford to be reeling when it plays at Conference USA East Division leader Western Kentucky on Saturday.
Another strong week (6-1) of prognostication has the overall record looking better as we head toward the home stretch.
Former MTSU football coach James "Boots" Donnelly was honored last Saturday afternoon with the unveiling of a statue in his honor before around 500 supporters at the Kennon Hall of Fame.
MTSU's football team couldn't close the deal Saturday night and left Floyd Stadium with a devastating 17-13 loss to Vanderbilt before an announced crowd of 25,411.
Patience was a true virtue for Blackman on Friday when it hosted region foe Smyrna on sloppy, muddy and wet night at The Inferno.
Riverdale won its fourth straight game and sent Siegel into the bye week for Fall Break still searching for its first win of the season by pounding the Stars 42-21 Friday night.
Oakland got off to a slow start, but special teams play helped pave the way for a 48-7 road victory at Warren County on Friday night.
The rainy conditions in Murfreesboro gave way to a sloppy field and chaotic play by both the Middle Tennessee Christian Cougars (5-2, 4-2) and the Gordonsville Tigers (1-5, 1-3) last Friday night.
EAGLEVILLE -- The Eagleville Eagles dropped their second Region 4-2A contest Friday night, 34-7, to Westmoreland at Talon Field.
On a beautiful Sunday in mid-September, the Eagleville Community said goodbye to former Principal Rhonda Holton, a strong advocate for children and Eagleville School.
With district tournament play just a weekend away for both teams, Eagleville and Blackman faced off in Murfreesboro for a late-season, non-district match last Wednesday.
Blackman notched a key region win on Friday, pulling past Smyrna 28-14 on a wet and sloppy night at The Inferno.
It took seven weeks, but the fearless prognosticator went 8-0 picking last week's area football action.
After a narrow 27-25 loss at Illinois last week, MTSU will be looking to get back on track against an SEC foe on Saturday when it hosts Vanderbilt.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Middle Tennessee put forth a valiant effort before falling just short in a 27-25 setback at Illinois Saturday.
It was a long time coming for the Smyrna Bulldogs on Friday night at Bud Raikes Stadium.
The weather conditions did not stop the Oakland Patriots (4-1, 3-0) from having a big-time showing against Oakland on Friday night.
Blackman used a fast start and a punishing running game to knock off previously undefeated Cookeville 49-28 on the road on Friday night.
EAGLEVILLE -- Watertown (5-1, 3-0) won its fourth straight game here Friday and ending Eagleville's (3-3, 2-1) three-game win streak in a 36-21 shootout.
Coming off its first region loss of the season, Blackman looks to get back on track on Friday night when it travels to undefeated Cookeville.
It was another ho-hum week as far as the picks went, but it just goes to show how many evenly-matched games we've seen thus far in high school football.
After rolling to an easy 73-14 victory over Charlotte a week ago, MTSU will test its mettle against the Big Ten on Saturday when they Blue Raiders play at Illinois.
It was a record-setting night for MTSU in its Conference USA opener against first-year member Charlotte last Saturday night.
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