Marshall Thundering Herd vs. WKU Hilltoppers - 11/26/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
WKU Hilltoppers (8-3) at Marshall Thundering Herd (3-8)
College Football: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Joan C. Edwards Stadium)
The Line: Marshall Thundering Herd +23 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will travel to play the Marshall Thundering Herd in a C-USA college football game on Saturday.
The Marshall Thundering Herd are 3-8 (2-5) this season after losing to FIU by a score of 31-14 in their last game. Marshall has lost 4 of their last 5 games and is currently tied for last in the C-USA East standings. The Marshall offense is averaging 28.3 points per game with 110.1 rushing yards and 250.8 passing yards per game. Chase Litton is completing 62.3% of his passes for 2612 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions for Marshall. Anthony Anderson has rushed for 306 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Tony Pittman has added 300 yards and 2 scores for the Thundering Herd. Josh Knight has caught 59 passes for 615 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Michael Clark has added 34 catches for 590 yards and 5 touchdowns for Marshall. The Marshall defense is giving up 33 points per game with 199.9 rushing yards and 255.5 passing yards per game. Corey Neely has led the Marshall defense with 70 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and 2 interceptions, while Kendall Gant has added 70 tackles and 3 tackles for loss. Amoreto Curraj has gone 4-10 on field goals, with a long of 39 yards.
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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 8-3 (6-1) this season after beating North Texas by a score of 45-7 in their last game. Western Kentucky has won 5 games in a row and is currently tied for 1st in the C-USA East standings. The Western Kentucky offense is averaging 42.5 points per game with 171.2 rushing yards and 338.6 passing yards per game. Mike White is completing 68% of his passes for 3373 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions for Western Kentucky. Anthony Wales has rushed for 1057 yards and 18 touchdowns, while Quinton Baker has added 429 yards and 3 scores for the Hilltoppers. Taywan Taylor has caught 77 passes for 1340 yards and 13 touchdowns, while Nicholas Norris has added 64 catches for 1024 yards and 12 touchdowns for Western Kentucky. The WKU defense is giving up 23.9 points per game with 108.7 rushing yards and 258.9 passing yards per game. Keith Brown has led the Hilltoppers defense with 102 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and 1 interception, while Branden Leston has added 78 tackles and 1 tackle for loss. Skyler Simcox has gone 9-13 on field goals, with a long of 52 yards.
Western Kentucky is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 November games. The over is 7-3 in Western Kentucky’s last 10 road games. Marshall is 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games on turf and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games following an ATS loss. The under is 7-0 in Marshall’s last 7 games.
Western Kentucky is contending for conference championship, while Marshall is just trying to get to 4 wins this season. Western Kentucky has a high scoring offense and will be going up against a Marshall defense that isn’t great against the pass. Western Kentucky should come into this game with plenty of fire to fight for a conference championship opportunity, and I think they win here.