MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have all sorts of motivation for their first season as new members of Conference USA, and competing for the league title is right there at the top.
Coach Rick Stockstill says that's their goal from the start, and he doesn't want his Blue Raiders waiting until halfway through the season realizing they have a chance to be pretty good and win the conference title. He says they will find out if they are good enough.
Middle Tennessee went 8-4 in its final season in the Sun Belt Conference. The Blue Raiders already were on their way out when snubbed for a bowl berth. That disappointment of not getting a bowl berth remains very fresh for his players.
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