Ranking BYU’s Opposing Defenses in 2014

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Nov 2, 2013; Birmingham, AL, USA; Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders linebacker Christian Henry (28) and defensive end Jiajuan Fennell (97) tackle UAB Blazers running back Darrin Reaves (5) at Legion Field. The Blue Raiders defeat the Blazers 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

9. Middle Tennessee

BYU @ MTSU Saturday, November 11

Middle Tennessee State was a bowl team in 2013, but they did not look like it when they came to Provo.  BYU did whatever it wanted on offense throughout the night, amassing 309 yards on the ground with 165 yards being Taysom Hill’s alone.  Obviously, MTSU had a terrible run defense. Their secondary was actually a strength last year, but no one ever had to pass against them.  This year the Blue Raiders return 8 and have put an increased emphasis on run stoppers in recruiting.  Much like last year, BYU’s offensive line should have no problems with the MTSU front.  I don’t see this group making enough improvement in 2014 and BYU should score frequently in Murfreesboro.

Player to Watch:  TT Barber, OLB.  Barber was a first team all Conference USA player last year and he is known for his pass rush. He had 96 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 3 interceptions, 2 passes broken up, and 3 forced fumbles.