USF vs. Marshall - Gasparilla Bowl - 12/20/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

USF vs. Marshall - Gasparilla Bowl - 12/20/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Marshall Thundering Herd (8-4) at USF Bulls (7-5)

College Football: Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Raymond James Stadium)

The Line: USF Bulls +2 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

The South Florida Bulls clash with the Marshall Thundering Herd in the Gasparilla Bowl.

The South Florida Bulls head in to their Bowl looking for answers with a five game slide to end the regular season hanging over their heads. South Florida averaged 443 yards and 29.2 points with the #36 rushing attack totaling 202.5 yards. The Bulls defense gave up 442 yards and 31.5 points with the opposition piling almost 245 rushing yards.

Blake Barnett gave USF a dangerous passing game with 62.1% completions for 2,477 yards with eleven touchdowns and eleven receptions. Tyler McCants led the Bulls with 607 yards on 58 receptions with three others totaling between 400-500 yards as Barnett spread the ball around. Alabama-Birmingham received 1,095 rushing yards from Jordan Cronkite on 173 touches with Johnny Ford totaling 737 yards on 104 carries.

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The Marshall Thundering Herd were the definition of a defense first squad outscoring the opposition 27.4-22. Marshall averaged 384.5 yard behind average passing and rushing numbers while the defensive side of the football were ranked #23 with 323 yards given up with only 104 yards allowed on the ground.

Isaiah Green captained the Thundering Herd passing game at 55.4% completions for 2,060 yards with 15 touchdowns and ten picks. When Marshall went to the air the ball usually went in the direction of Tyre Brady who caught 60 passes for 819 yards and nine touchdowns. Tyler King topped the Thundering Herd on the ground with 655 yards on 108 totes while Brenden Knox added 365 yards on 60 touches.

Over is 4-0 in Marshall Thundering Herd last 4 road games and Marshall Thundering Herd are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 bowl games and Marshall Thundering Herd are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games. South Florida Bulls are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and over is 4-0 in South Florida Bulls last 4 bowl games and over is 4-0 in South Florida Bulls last 4 Bowl games.

South Florida has the offensive edge but Marshall has a defense that will force mistakes and give their own offense a short field so I’ll go with the Thundering Herd…

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Mark’s Pick Marshall -2

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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