Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (2-5) at Marshall Thundering Herd (6-0)
College Football: Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Joan C. Edwards Stadium)
The Line: Marshall Thundering Herd -24 -- Over/Under: 55 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and the Marshall Thundering Herd meet in West Virginia on Saturday in college football action from Joan C. Edwards Stadium as marshall looks to remain unbeaten.
Middle Tennessee enters this one at 2-5 on the 2020 college football season. The Raiders are coming off a big overtime win versus Rice on October 24. As for Marshall, they’re undefeated at 6-0. The Herd have beaten Louisiana Tech, Florida Atlantic and UMass in their last three outings. Check back all season long for free college football picks at Sports Chat Place.
Middle Tennessee has been out of action for a while, so let’s recap the season. The Raiders started off with two blowout losses against Army and Troy, but were closer to UTSA (37-35) and Western Kentucky (20-17) in their next two defeats. Middle Tennessee is 2-1 in their last three games, most recently beating Rice 40-34 in overtime.
In the win over the Owls, Middle Tennessee quarterback Asher O’Hara posted 333 yards with two touchdowns, and also led the rush with 22 carries for 69 yards and two more scores. CJ Windham was the lead receiver there with 109 yards and a TD off seven catches.
Over on the Marshall side, there’s not much to complain about this season so far. The Herd have won every game by a double-digit margin, the only “close” game being 17-7 versus App State. Otherwise it’s been a dominant run, including a 51-10 win over UMass last weekend.
In the win over the Minutemen, Marshall quarterback Grant Wells managed 228 yards with three touchdowns, and Brenden Knox had 118 yards and two touchdowns off 14 carries. Artie Henry was the top receiver for the Herd with 71 yards off five catches.
The Blue Raiders are 6-1 ATS in their last seven conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. Middle Tennessee is 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games in November.
Meanwhile, the Herd are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games in November and 2-5 ATS versus a team with a losing record. Marshall is 2-6 ATS in their last eight games after an ATS loss and 5-16 ATS in their last 21 home games.
PICK: I’m leaning Marshall here, but this should be a pretty interesting matchup and a higher-scoring game overall. Middle Tennessee has been putting up points well over their last three games, with at least 31 scored in each outing. Trouble is, the Raiders have also allowed 28 or more in each of those games as well, and both their wins have been tight. I like the Herd offense to get going here and cover, but I imagine this one will be an entertaining game to watch.