UMass Minutemen (0-1) at Marshall Thundering Herd (5-0)
College Football: Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 2:30 pm (Joan C. Edwards Stadium)
The Line: Marshall Thundering Herd -44.5 -- Over/Under: 55.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The UMass Minutemen look t bounce back as they meet the Marshall Thundering Herd in college football action from Joan C. Edwards Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The UMass Minutemen will look for a huge road upset after starting their season with a 41-0 loss to Georgia Southern last time out. In that loss, Mike Fallon threw for 41 yards and an interception on 7 of 12 passing while Josiah Johnson had 39 yards and a pick on 6 of 9 passing. Will Koch led the Minutemen on the ground with 41 rushing yards while Ellis Merriweather had just 21 rushing yards on 16 carries. Samuel Emilus had a team-high 4 catches for 28 yards while no other UMass receiver had more than 2 catches or 16 yards in the loss. Defensively, Cole McCubrey had a team-high 9 tackles including 7 solo tackles while Avien Peah had two tackles for a loss and Gerrell Johnson had a fumble recovery.
The Marshall Thundering Herd will look to remain unbeaten, sitting at 5-0 after their last game against FIU was postponed. Grant Wells has thrown for 1,110 yards, 8 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on 64% passing while Brenden Knox leads Marshall in rushing with 558 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns. Sheldon Evans has 183 rushing yards with a pair of touchdowns and Knowledge McDaniel has 115 rushing yards as well this season. Broc Thompson leads Marshall in receiving with 228 receiving yards while Corey Gammage has a team-high 15 grabs for 167 yards and Xavier Gaines is right behind with 165 receiving yards this season. Artie Henry and Talik Keaton also have 100+ receiving yards for Marshall on the year. On defense, Tavante Beckett has a team-high 47 total tackles with a team-high 16 solo tackles while Darius Hodge has a team-high 5 sacks and Koby Cumberlander has 2.5 sacks this season.
UMass is 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 8-1 in their last 9 games following a loss. Marshall is 5-15 ATS in their last 20 home games and 25-12-1 ATS in their last 38 non-conference games while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 games as a home favorite.
This is the problem with UMass games, a lot of times, the Minutemen are so much worse than the other team, that these lines are whacked out, but the problem is that the Minutemen are so bad, the other team has a decent chance of still covering. The issue here is that Marshall is heads and shoulders the better team, it’s simply a matter of whether or not the Herd call off the dogs if they’re up by enough. We’ve seen Marshall put the boots to teams like Western Kentucky and Louisiana Tech on the road, and Louisiana Tech to single a team out, is no slouch either, so I think the Herd can cover this number. I’m not betting it personally, but to pick a side, I’d lay the points with Marshall here. UMass is awful.