Purdue at Marshall - 9/6/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Marshall vs. Purdue
College Football: Sunday, September 6, 2015 at 3:00 pm (Joan C. Edwards Stadium)
The Line: Marshall -7 -- Over/Under: 64 See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 1
The Purdue Boilermakers and Marshall Thundering Herd play Sunday afternoon at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
The Purdue Boilermakers look to take a big step in the right direction after winning just four games the last two years. Austin Appleby returns at quarterback after completing 52.9 percent of his passes for 1,449 yards, 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Danny Anthrop and Cameron Posey combined for more than 800 receiving yards and five touchdowns while DeAngelo Yancey had 12 receptions as a sophomore. Keyante Green takes over at running back after rushing for 199 yards as a freshman. Defensively, Ja'Whaun Bentley leads the way at linebacker after 76 tackles last year, Ryan Watson had four sacks and Jake Replogle had 11 tackles for loss.
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The Marshall Thundering Herd look to keep the ball rolling after winning double-digit games the last two seasons. Michael Birdsong takes over at quarterback and has big shoes to fill in replacing Rakeem Cato. Davonte Allen and Angelo Jean-Louis combined for more than 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Deon-Tay McManus had 26 receptions as a freshman. Devon Johnson returns at running back after leading the way with 1,767 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. Defensively, Taj Letman returns after racking up 94 tackles for Marshall, D.J. Hunter had 5.5 sacks and A.J. Leggett had four interceptions.
The Boilermakers are 3-1-2 ATS in their last 6 road games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Thundering Herd are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
Purdue is simply not there yet, as this team isn't capable of going on the road and beating a decent team on the road. The Thundering Herd lost a lot at the QB position, but there's still enough here to get a win and cover against a Purdue team that's still a couple of years away.