North Texas Mean Green vs. Marshall Thundering Herd - 10/8/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Marshall Thundering Herd (1-3) at North Texas Mean Green (2-3)
College Football: Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Apogee Stadium)
The Line: North Texas Mean Green +10 -- Over/Under: 63 See the Latest Odds
The Marshall Thundering Herd will travel to play the North Texas Mean Green in a Conference USA college football matchup this weekend.
The North Texas Mean Green are 2-3 (1-1) this season after losing to Mid Tennessee State by a score of 30-13. North Texas took the early lead in this game but let their opponent score 23 straight points to pull away for the win. The North Texas offense is averaging 23.4 points per game with 123.8 rushing yards and 205 passing yards per game. Mason Fine is completing 54.3% of his passes for 775 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception for North Texas. Jeffrey Wilson has rushed for 372 yards and 7 touchdowns, while Willy Ivery has rushed for 145 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Mean Green. Terian Goree has caught 22 passes for 194 yards, while Thaddeous Thompson has caught 16 passes for 259 yards and 1 touchdown for North Texas. The North Texas defense is giving up 30.2 points per game with 224.2 rushing yards and 224.2 passing yards per game. Kishawn McClain has led the North Texas defense with 38 tackles and 3 interceptions, while Cortney Finney has added 34 tackles, 3.5 tackles, and 1 sack for North Texas. Trevor Moore has gone 2-2 on field goals for North Texas, with a long of 20 yards.
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The Marshall Thundering Herd are 1-3 (0-0) this season after losing to Pittsburgh by a score of 43-27 in their last game. Marshall has lost 3 straight games, giving up a total of 167 points in that span. The Marshall offense is averaging 38.8 points per game with 145.8 rushing yards and 264.5 passing yards per game. Chase Litton is completing 61.9% of his passes for 962 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions for Marshall. Keion Davis has rushed for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Tony Pittman has rushed for 143 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Thundering Herd. Josh Knight has caught 16 passes for 197 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Michael Clark has caught 11 passes for 262 yards and 4 touchdowns for Marshall. The Marshall defense is giving up 41.8 points per game with 179.2 rushing yards and 312.8 passing yards per game. Corey Neely has led the Marshall defense with 28 tackles and 1 interception, while Chase Hancock has added 27 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks. Amoreto Curraj has gone 1-2 on field goals this season, with a long of 29 yards.
Marshall is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games. The over is 4-0 in Marshall’s last 4 games. North Texas is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 home games for North Texas.
Marshall has a high-powered offense, but also allows way too many points on defense. North Texas has a slower offense and also struggles on the defensive side of the ball. Marshall is on the road for this game, but I expect their offense to overpower the Mean Green. I like Marshall in a shootout here.