Charlotte vs. Marshall - 10/31/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Marshall Thundering Herd (7-1) at Charlotte 49ers (2-5)
College Football: Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 3:30 pm (Jerry Richardson Stadium)
The Line: Charlotte 49ers +20 -- Over/Under: 52 See the Latest Odds
The Marshall Thundering Herd will travel to Jerry Richardson Stadium to take on the Charlotte 49ers this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Marshall Thundering Herd won their 6th straight game and improved to 7-1 (4-0 C-USA East) on the season after defeating the North Texas Mean Green 30-13 this past Saturday. Marshall was able to take control early in this game as they were up 17-0 after the 1st quarter and outgained the Mean Green by a 402-337 margin. Leading the way for the Thundering Herd was RB Hyleck Foster who had 105 yards and a TD on 17 carries. On the season, Marshall is averaging 31.6 ppg on 366.9 yards per game (188.5 passing, 178.4 rushing). Leading the way for the Thundering Herd offense has been running backs Devon Johnson (92.50 yards per game, 5 TD) and Tony Pittman (57.60 yards per game, 3 TD). QB was a major question for Marshall coming into the season and although Chase Litton hasn’t put up the numbers that Rakeem Cato did, but he had been solid as he has completed 57.3% of his passes for 1159 yards (193.2 yards per game), 12 TD, 4 INT. The Thundering Herd has spread the ball around to their receivers and are led by WR Deandre Reaves (47.6 yards per game, 3 TD), WR Davonte Allen (30.8 yards per game, 3 TD), and TE Ryan Yurachek (29.3 yards per game, 4 TD). Defensively, Marshall has been holding their opponents to 16.9 ppg on 357.1 yards per game (181.5 passing, 146.6 rushing). The Thundering Herd currently has forced 19 turnovers on the season however, has just a plus 3 turnover margin. Leading the way for the defense has been LB Evan McKelvey (84 tackles, 1 INT) and DL Gary Thompson (45 tackles, 5.0 sacks).
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The Charlotte 49ers lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 2-5 (0-4 C-USA East) on the season after being defeated by the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles 44-10 this past Saturday. Charlotte was outgained by Southern Mississippi by a 480-257 margin and committed three turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the 49ers was RB Kalif Phillips who had 71 yards on 17 carries. On the season Charlotte is averaging just 17.9 ppg on 349.9 yards per game (170.9 passing, 179.0 rushing). Leading the way for the 49ers has been RB Kalif Phillips who is averaging 110.57 per game and has 4 TD. Charlotte hasn’t gotten much out of the QB position as both Lee McNeill (49.2 comp %, 559 yards, 0 TD, 9 INT) and Matt Johnson (53.8 comp %, 3 TD, 7 INT) have struggled. Austin Duke (29 receptions, 345 yards, 2 TD) and Trent Bostick (17 receptions, 223 yards, 1 TD) lead the way for the Charlotte WR’s. Defensively, Charlotte is allowing opponents to average 34.0 ppg on 372.6 yards per game (226.0 passing, 146.6 rushing). Charlotte has been hurt by turnovers throughout the season as even though they’ve forced 16 turnovers, they still have a turnover margin of minus 11. Leading the way for the 49ers defense has been LB Nick Cook (46 tackles) and DL Zach Duncan (13 tackles, 3 sacks).
The Thundering Herd are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games. The 49ers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Marshall’s has generally been known over the past few years as an explosive offensive team, however, the most impressive part of the 2015 squad has been their defensive. Charlotte has yet to find any production out of the QB position this season which will allow the Thundering Herd to stack their defense against the 49ers biggest threat in RB Kalif Phillips. Marshall offensive has been starting to find their rhythm as of late and I don’t see them having any trouble covering this large spread on the road against Charlotte. Take Marshall to cover.