3. The Middle Tennessee bowl woes
The Blue Raiders managed to slip by Arkansas State in last year’s Camellia Bowl, and they won the 2009 New Orleans over Central Michigan. However, in the Rick Stockstill era, the program can’t seem to win these bowl things on a regular basis.
It’s not just that Middle Tennessee is now 2-6 in bowls under Stockstill, it’s that the losses have been brutal blowouts, all by double-digits.
This was the worst of the lot, but in the six defeats, the high-powered offense went bye-bye in three of them, and the defense didn’t show up in any of the blowouts. Now, the team under Stockstill has allowed 45 points or more in three of the last four bowl games.
To make this even more awful, none of the bowl games under Stockstill have been against Power Five programs. To be fair, the Conference USA bowl ties aren’t anything special, but to go 2-6 with so many big losses to fellow Group of Five teams makes this loss that much worse.
Now, this is moving beyond being just a trend.