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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 Chandler Shrode / Staff Photographer  As the 100 Miles of Hate Rivalry inches closer, the excitement is present is the air in Murfreesboro and Bowling Green. Week seven is a usually a time where players start to feel physically and mentally drained. But this week, there is a little extra drive in practice. …

Photo by Devon Arnold / Contributing Photographer For the first time since 2001, the Blue Raiders open up the season 4-1 and are off to their best start in the Rick Stockstill era. Middle Tennessee traveled to North Texas Saturday night, capturing their fourth victory of the season and their first ever at Apogee Stadium. …

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 …