Marshall vs. North Texas - 10/24/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Texas Mean Green (0-6) at Marshall Thundering Herd (6-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 3:30 pm (Joan C. Edwards Stadium)
The Line: Marshall Thundering Herd -30 -- Over/Under: 60 See the Latest Odds
The North Texas Mean Green will travel to Joan C. Edwards Stadium to take on the Marshall Thundering Herd this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The North Texas Mean Green fell to 0-6 (0-3 C-USA West) after being defeated by the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 55-28 this past Saturday. The Mean Green were outgained by the Hilltoppers by a 683-431 margin and committed two turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Mean Green was QB DaMarcus Smith who completed 17 of 35 passes for 228 yards, 4 TD, and an INT while added 122 rushing yards on 16 carries. On the season, North Texas is averaging just 17.0 ppg on 348.2 yards per game (192.5 passing, 155.7 rushing). QB has been in issue for North Texas all season as both Andrew McNulty (46.4 comp %, 756 yards, 3 TD, 4 INT) and DaMarcus Smith (43.4 comp 5, 333 yards, 5 TD, 2 INT) have both struggled. WR Carlos Harris (40 receptions, 512 yards, 6 TD) is a very talented receiver and the biggest weapon for the Mean Green. Leading the way for the rushing attack for North Texas is Jeffrey Wilson (59 carries, 351 yards) and Antoinne Jimmerson (57 carries, 222 yards, TD). Defensively, North Texas has really had its difficulties as they are currently allowing their opponents to average 50.2 ppg on 570.0 yards per game (308.2 passing, 261.8 rushing). The Mean Green currently have a minus 8 turnover margin and have been led defensively by DB James Gray (56 tackles) and DL Jarrian Roberts (9 tackles, 3.5 sacks).
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The Marshall Thundering Herd won their 4th straight game and improved to 6-1 (3-0 C-USA East) on the season after defeating the Florida Atlantic Owls 33-17 this past Saturday. The Thundering Herd outgained the Owls by a 500-334 margin and committed just 3 penalties for 15 yards in the victory. Leading the way for Marshall was the rushing attack the compiled 326 yards in the game and were led by Hyleck Foster (17 carries, 122 yards, 1 TD). On the season, Marshall has been averaging 31.9 ppg on 361.9 yards per game (188.4 passing, 173.4 rushing). Leading the way offensively for the Thundering Herd has been RB Devon Johnson who had 555 yards and 5 TD on 84 carries. Freshman QB Chase Litton has completed 57.6 % of his passes for 970 yards, 11 TD and 4 INT. Litton has spread it around to his WR which include Deandre Reaves (22 receptions, 315 yards, 3 TD), Davonte Allen (23 receptions, 232 yards, 3 TD) and TE Ryan Yurachek (24 receptions, 227 yards, 4 TD). Defensively, Marshall has been solid on the season as they are holding their opponents to just 17.4 ppg on 360.0 yards per game (189.1 passing, 170.9 rushing). Marshall has forced an incredible 18 turnovers on the season but has had troubled protecting the ball as they have a turnover margin of just plus 2. Leading the way for the Thundering Herd defense has been LB Evan McKelvey (77 Tackles) and DL Gary Thompson (40 tackles, 5.0 sacks).
The Mean Green are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 conference games and 0-9 ATS in their last 9 road games. The Thundering Herd are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games in October.
The Mean Green has had a tough, winless season this year which included the firing of their head coach, Dan McCarney, after starting the season 0-5. Marshall had some questions coming into the season after losing QB Rakeem Cato after graduating last year and although their offensive isn’t as explosive as last year, they are still above average. Marshall’s defensive has been better than expected this season and as long as they seem to contain DaMarcus Smith and Carlos Harris, Marshall shouldn’t have any issue covering this large spread. Take Marshall to cover.