Marshall vs. Eastern Kentucky - 9/5/20 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Marshall vs. Eastern Kentucky - 9/5/20 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Eastern Kentucky Colonels (0-0) at Marshall Thundering Herd (0-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Joan C. Edwards Stadium)

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The Eastern Kentucky Colonels and the Marshall Thundering Herd meet Saturday in college football action from Joan C. Edwards Stadium. 

Eastern Kentucky finished at 7-5 in 2019, with a 5-3 mark in the Ohio Valley Conference. That record left the Colonels in fourth place in the standings. As for Marshall, they posted an 8-5 overall record last season, going 6-2 in Conference USA play. The Thundering Herd earned a trip to the Gasparilla Bowl, where they lost to UCF 48-25. Check back all season long for free college football picks and college football predictions at Sports Chat Place. 

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Eastern Kentucky was competitive in all but a couple of their losses last season, and even came within a touchdown of a pretty darn good Southeast Missouri State team (38-31). Three of the Colonels’ five losses came on the road, and only one came by more than 12 points (42-0 versus Louisville). 

2020 marks the first year of new Eastern Kentucky head coach Walt Wells, who has a pair of new coordinators in Andy Richman (offense) and Jake Johnson (defense). That group will try to recapture the rush-heavy magic and tight defense that helped the Colonels win seven games last year. Linebacker Steven Crowder and cornerback Daulson Fitzpatrick are returning, which should aid the defensive production immensely. 

Over on the Marshall side, they had a pretty solid season overall in 2019. The Herd lost three of their first five games, but then went on a nice five-game winning streak to put their record at 7-3. Marshall didn’t fare as well in their last three outings however, winning just one game in OT versus FIU and not really even coming close versus UCF in the Gasparilla Bowl in a 48-25 loss. 

Marshall head coach Doc Holliday is back on the sideline in his 11th year. He’ll have offensive coordinator Tim Cramsey (third year) and DCs Brad Lambert and JC Price (second year) along for the ride. 2020 should serve to be a challenging campaign for the Herd, as they’ve got some potentially difficult opponents on the schedule like Appalachian State, Louisiana Tech and Florida Atlantic. 

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Pick: I’m leaning toward Eastern Kentucky here. Granted, with a new coaching staff and new philosophies on both sides of the ball, it’s likely going to take a few games for the Colonels to get going. That said, the team does retain some key players and probably won’t change things too drastically. If EKU plays to their capabilities, it’ll be tough for a lot of teams to score against them. I think the Colonels have more than enough capability to keep this one close, and it should be a fun game. 

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