Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

About Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have been playing intercollegiate football since 1911 and represent Middle Tennessee State University. The team's nickname was chosen by a newspaper-led competition back in 1934 and has remained ever since. Between 2000 and 2012, Middle Tennessee were a member of the Sun Belt Conference. Ahead of the 2013 season, the Blue Raiders moved to compete in Conference USA. The Blue Raiders have an all-time winning record and have won several titles throughout history.

Over the years, Middle Tennessee have developed historic rivalries with several other schools. Their rivalry with the Troy Trojans dates back to 1936 and is known as the 'Battle for the Palladium'. The winner of the annual series is awarded the Palladium Trophy, which was introduced to the rivalry in 2003. Other rivalries also exist with the North Texas Mean Green and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. 

In both 2001 and 2006, Middle Tennessee were crowned as Sun Belt Champions. Additionally, the team have participated in five bowl games in total, which includes three bowl games since becoming part of the Division I FBS. At present, they possess an overall bowl game record of 2-3. Their first win came in the 1960 Tangerine Bowl, where they beat the Presbyterian Blue Hose, while their second bowl victory came in the 2009 New Orleans Bowl, at the expense of the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. Their most recent appearance was a loss to the Miami University RedHawks in the 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl.

The team play home games at Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium, which takes its name from the Blue Raiders' former head coach. The venue opened in 1933 and was known as Horace Jones Field up until 1979. I...

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