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Story by Stephen Smith / Contributing Writer Photo by Gregory French / Sidelines Archive Headed into this Saturday’s “100 Miles of Hate” Rivalry, seasoned players and fans of both Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky alike realize that the game will be a tough, hard-fought battle. The Blue Raiders and Hilltoppers have met with each other …

Photo by Meagan White / Sidelines Archive The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will face the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Saturday in the biggest rivalry game of the season. The 100 Miles of Hate Rivalry dates back all the way to 1914 and takes its name due to the universities being just 100 miles apart from …

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Photo by Gregory French/MTSU Sidelines The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders (4-1) head into the bye week with their best start since 2001. Fresh off a 30-13 win over North Texas, the Blue Raiders have two weeks to prepare for Western Kentucky in the annual “100 Miles of Hate” matchup. They sit atop of the …

Photo by Chandler Shrode / Contributing Photographer Middle Tennessee has one of the most dynamic offenses in college football. Over the offseason, the Blue Raiders added offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, and the offense is thriving thus far with a combined 158 points through the first four games and an average of 39.5 points per game. However, …

Photo by Meagan White/Sidelines archive  Saturday, Middle Tennessee and North Texas played their respective opponents over 814 miles apart. Conversely, the poor starts, the resiliency shown and the game’s outcomes were nearly identical. The Blue Raiders and the Mean Greens were each down three scores during their respective games last weekend. With all odds against …

Story by Rusty Ellis // Contributing Writer | Photo by Gregory French/MTSU Sidelines For the second straight week, Middle Tennessee running back I’Tavius Mathers has won the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week award. In a thrilling 38-34 win over Louisiana Tech, Mathers carried the ball 21 times for a career-high 163 yards and three …