CFB Picks: LA Tech vs Marshall College Football Picks,Predictions 10/17/20

CFB Picks: LA Tech vs Marshall College Football Picks,Predictions 10/17/20 Photo by USA TODAY NETWORK

Marshall Thundering Herd (2-0) at LA Tech Bulldogs (2-1)

College Football: Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Joe Aillet Stadium)

The Line: LA Tech Bulldogs +13 -- Over/Under: 53.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Marshall Thundering Herd and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs meet Saturday in week 7 college football action at Joe Aillet Stadium.

The Marshall Thundering Herd look for another win to start 4-0 for the first time since the 2014 CFB season. The Marshall Thundering Herd have split their last six road games. Grant Wells is completing 61.4 percent of his passes for 632 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Wells enters the game with 70 career pass attempts under his belt. Broc Thompson and Xavier Gaines have combined for 325 receiving yards and one touchdown while Talik Keaton has six receptions. The Marshall Thundering Herd ground game is averaging 226.3 yards per contest, and Brenden Knox leads the way with 330 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Marshall is allowing seven points and 274.7 yards per game. Tavante Beckett leads the Marshall Thundering Herd with 26 tackles, Darius Hodge has 2.5 sacks and Steven Gilmore has one interception.

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs look for their third home victory to build on their impressive 3-1 start. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs haven’t lost a home game since November of 2018. Luke Anthony is completing 60.2 percent of his passes for 739 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interception. Anthony enters the game with 98 career pass attempts under his belt. Adrian Hardy and Smoke Harris have combined for 375 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Wayne Toussant has seven receptions. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs ground game is averaging 127.5 yards per contest, and Justin Henderson leads the way with 229 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Louisiana Tech is allowing 32.5 points and 418.3 yards per game. Tyler Grubbs leads the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs with 42 tackles, Milton Williams has three sacks and Bee Jay Williamson has one interception.

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The Thundering Herd are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 conference games. The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Thundering Herd last 5 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Bulldogs last 5 games as an underdog. 

The Marshall Thundering Herd have had their schedule turned upside down a couple of times this season, but they looked terrific when they've played and have been one of the best defensive teams in college football. Marshall held a ranked Appalachian State team to just seven points and 96 rushing yards. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs were crushed in their lone tough game of the season against BYU, and they gave up 38 points to Houston Baptist. With home field not mattering much these days in sports, I'm not sure Louisiana Tech has much of an edge to consider with the points here, even if it's a thick line of nearly two full touchdowns.

Marshall has looked solid at both ends through three games. I'll lay the points.

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Randy’s Pick Marshall Thundering Herd -13

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

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