SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI (7-5) VS. MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE (9-3)
When: Tonight, 5:30 PST.
Where: New Orleans.
About Southern Mississippi: The Golden Eagles are in the New Orleans Bowl for the second straight season. Receiver DeAndre Brown, who suffered a broken leg in last year's 30-27 overtime win against Troy, has five touchdowns in his last five games.
About Middle Tennessee State: The Blue Raiders are riding a six-game winning streak. Quarterback Dwight Dasher has accounted for 3,580 total yards and 32 touchdowns.
Prediction: Southern Mississippi 31, Middle Tennessee State 24.
-- Orlando Sentinel