Marshall Thundering Herd vs. Rice Owls - 11/15/14 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rice Owls (6-3) at Marshall Thundering Herd (9-0)
College Football: Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 2:30 pm (Joan C. Edwards Stadium)
The Line: Marshall Thundering Herd -19.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports
The Marshall Thundering Herd look to stay undefeated when the Rice Owls pay a visit in week 12.
The surging Rice Owls have been getting solid performances on both sides of the ball in winning six in a row. The Owls turned more to their defense in knocking off Texas-San Antonio by a 17-7 count in week eleven action at Rice Stadium. The Owls dominated the boxscore although the scoreboard was closer then what the numbers say. Rice led the yardage battle 420-257 with plenty of balance while the Roadrunners didn't standout in any one area. Driphus Jackson gave the Owls some punch in the air with and 18-28 effort producing 213 yards with a pick and eight yard scoring toss to Mario Hull. Javon Davis paced Rice on the ground with 121 yards on 25 totes with Jackson adding 48 yards and a nine yard TD.
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The Marshall Thundering Herd have been perfect thus far as the experts have said the schedule sets up for an undefeated season. The experts have been right thus far after the Thundering Herd demolished Southern Mississippi 63-17 behind a 35-0 second half run. As the score indicates Marshall had their way on both sides of the ball with the Golden Eagles held to 300 yards with three turnovers. Marshall amassed 521 yards and did whatever they chose with more running then throwing. Rakeem Cato was productive as usual with 186 yards with Remi Watson and Tommy Schuler catching touchdowns. Cato added 92 yards on nine touches with a TD while Steward Butler rambled for 118 yards on just five touches with 30 yard and 83 yard touchdown gallops.
The Owls are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game while going 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games. For Marshall the over is 4-0 in Thundering Herd last 4 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game while the Thundering Herd are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game and are 10-1-1 ATS in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Head to head the Owls are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the home team is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. This might be Marshall's toughest test because their schedule has been on the weak side and a poor effort will tell the world this team is over rated...