Marshall vs. Florida International - 11/14/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida International Golden Panthers (5-5) at Marshall Thundering Herd (8-2)
College Football: Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 3:30 pm (Joan C. Edwards Stadium)
The Line: Marshall Thundering Herd -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Florida International Golden Panthers will travel to Joan C. Edwards Stadium to take on the Marshall Thundering Herd this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Florida International Golden Panthers improved to 5-5 (3-3 C-USA East) on the season after defeating the Charlotte 49ers, 48-41, this past Saturday. Florida International was able to get out to an early 34-10 lead by halftime and outgained Charlotte by a 439-365 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Panthers was QB Alex McGough who completed 27 of 42 passes for 284 yards, 3 TD, and an INT. On the season, Florida International is averaging 29.9 ppg on 379.6 yards per game (266.1 passing, 113.5 rushing). Leading the way for the Golden Panther offense has been QB Alex McGough who has completed 66.0% of his passes for 2529 yards (252.9 yds/game), 21 TD, and 5 INT. RB Alex Gardner has been a great duel threat running back for Florida International who has a combined 9 TD’s (8 rush, 1 receiving) on the season while averaging 69.8 rushing yards and 40.0 receiving yards per game. WR Thomas Owens (4.9 rec/game, 62.0 yds/game, 8 TD) and TE Jonnu Smith (4.5 rec/game, 40.0 yds/game, 1 TD) have been the main targets for Alex McGough this season. Defensively, Florida International is allowing their opponents to average 24.3 ppg on 392.8 yards per game (225.4 passing, 167.4 rushing). The Golden Panthers currently have a plus 2 turnover margin and are led defensively by DL Michael Wakefield (38 tackles, 7.5 sacks) and DB Jeremiah McKinnon (45 tackles, 3 INT).
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The Marshall Thundering Herd had their 7 game winning streak snapped and dropped to 8-2 (5-1 C-USA East) on the season after being defeated by the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 27-24 3OT, this past Saturday. Marshall was able to force Middle Tennessee into committing 3 turnovers but was outgained by a 554-515 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Thundering Herd was QB Chase Litton who completed 34 of 56 passes for 346 yards, 3 TD, and an INT. On the season, Marshall is averaging 31.1 ppg on 408.0 yards per game (237.8 passing, 170.2 rushing). Leading the Thundering Herd offense has been QB Chase Litton who is completing 59.9% of his passes for 1991 yards (248.9 yds/game), 17 TD, and 5 INT. Litton’s main targets on the season has been WR Davonte Allen (4.6 rec/game, 59.0 yds/game, 5 TD), WR Deandre Reaves (4.0 rec/game, 54.1 yds/game, 3 TD) and TE Ryan Yurachek (3.6 rec/game, 32.7 yds/game, 6 TD). The Marshall rushing attack has been led by Devon Johnson who has 5 TD on the season and is averaging 79.29 yards on 12 carries per game. Defensively, Marshall has been outstanding on the season as they are holding opponents to an average of 17.2 ppg on 371.8 yards per game (194.6 passing, 177.2 rushing). Marshall currently has a plus 7 turnover margin on the season and is led defensively by DL Gary Thompson (52 tackles, 7 sacks) and LB Evan McKelvey (97 tackles, 1 INT).
The Golden Panthers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games however just 5-13 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Thundering Herd are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS loss and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 home games.
Florida International has some decent weapons on the offensive end in QB Alex McGough and RB Alex Gardner however, have really struggled on the road this season going just 1-5 with their one win coming against the 0-10 UCF Knights. Marshall has lost some of the offensive pop that that had last year but Freshman QB Chase Litton has looked better and better with each passing game and still has this team averaging over 30 ppg. Marshall still can win the C-USA East as they sit only 1 game back from Western Kentucky who they play in their regular season finale and I think that Marshall and their defense will give McGough and Gardner trouble and that they win this one at home by at least two TD. Take Marshall to cover.