FIU vs. Marshall - 11/19/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Marshall Thundering Herd (3-7) at FIU Golden Panthers (3-7)
College Football: Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm (FIU Stadium)
The Line: FIU Golden Panthers +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Marshall Thundering Herd and FIU Golden Panthers meet Saturday night in a C-USA college football game at FIU Stadium.
The Marshall Thundering Herd look for back-to-back wins for the first time this season to climb out of a 3-7 hole. The Marshall Thundering Herd have lost six straight road games. Chase Litton is completing 61.4 percent of his passes for 2,311 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Litton has one touchdown pass in four of his last six games. Josh Knight and Michael Clark have combined for 1,136 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Ryan Yurachek has 27 receptions. The Marshall Thundering Herd ground game is averaging 113.3 yards per contest, and Keion Davis leads the way with 469 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Marshall is allowing 33.2 points and 448.7 yards per game. Chase Hancock leads the Marshall Thundering Herd with 69 tackles, Ryan Bee has 4.5 sacks and Terry Richardson has two interceptions.
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The FIU Golden Panthers hope for a big home victory that would snap a three-game losing streak. The FIU Golden Panthers have lost six of their last seven home games. Alex McGough is completing 58.4 percent of his passes for 1,891 yards, 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. McGough has two or more touchdown passes in four straight games. Thomas Owens and Jonnu Smith have combined for 1,069 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Stantley Thomas has 31 receptions. The FIU Golden Panthers ground game is averaging 142.7 yards per contest, and Alex Gardner leads the way with 758 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, FIU is allowing 36.2 points and 431.5 yards per game. Treyvon Williams leads the FIU Golden Panthers with 92 tackles, Fermin Silva has three sacks and Emmanuel Lubin has one interception.
The Thundering Herd are 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference games. The Golden Panthers are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Thundering Herd are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
I'm not laying chalk with Marshall on the road with their defense and the fact the Thundering Herd have lost six straight road games. FIU will be motivated for senior night and they should be even more motivated after Marshall beat the Golden Panthers 52-0 last season. This game could go either way, but again, I'm not laying points with a Marshall team that hasn't won a road game all season. I'll take FIU and the points if I really had to pick this game.