Marshall Thundering Herd (5-1) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (3-4)
College Football: Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Floyd Stadium)
The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders +2.5 -- Over/Under: 49.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Marshall Thundering Herd and Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders meet Friday in college football action at Floyd Stadium on ESPN2.
The Marshall Thundering Herd look for a fifth straight victory to build their lead in the C-USA East. The Marshall Thundering Herd have lost six of their last eight road games. Chase Litton is completing 60.2 percent of his passes for 1,382 yards, 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. Litton has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last five games. Tyre Brady and Marcel Williams have combined for 807 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Ryan Yurachek has 25 receptions. The Marshall Thundering Herd ground game is averaging 143 yards per contest, and Keion Davis leads the way with 393 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Marshall is allowing 15 points and 321.8 yards per game. Chase Hancock leads the Marshall Thundering Herd with 55 tackles, Ryan Bee has four sacks and Chris Jackson has three interceptions.
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders look for a big home victory to get back to a .500 record. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have split their last six home games. John Urzua is completing 64.2 percent of his passes for 1,302 yards, six touchdowns and eight interceptions. Urzua has two touchdowns and two interceptions in his last two games. Ty Lee and Brad Anderson have combined for 739 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Richie James has 26 receptions. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders ground game is averaging 115.4 yards per contest, and Anderson leads the way with 367 yards on 61 carries. Defensively, Middle Tennessee is allowing 25.4 points and 354.4 yards per game. Jovante Moffatt leads the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders with 57 tackles, Khalil Brooks has 5.5 sacks and Reed Blankenship has one interception.
The Thundering Herd are 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Friday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Blue Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on turf, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss. The under is 6-0-1 in Blue Raiders last 7 games overall and the under is 10-4 in Thundering Herd last 14 games overall.
The home team has won all four meetings since these teams have met back in 2013, and Middle Tennessee is 2-1 SU at home this season with that one loss coming against Vanderbilt. Marshall is playing some really solid football right now with a defense that's allowed three or less points in three of their last four games. However, this is a chance for MTSU to get back in the division race and the place should be packed on a Friday night. Upsets happen in spots like this. I'm siding with the Blue Raiders and the points.