Marshall Thundering Herd 2020 Win Total – College Football Pick, Odds and Prediction

Breaking Down the Marshall Thundering Herd Win Total 
2020-05-05 17:00:00 EDT

The Marshall Thundering Herd are looking like they’ll be flirting with bowl eligibility again in the 2020 college football season. 

Marshall had a decent football campaign in 2019, but it ultimately ended in disappointment. The Herd finished 8-5 overall and 6-2 in Conference USA play, good enough for second place in the East Division. Marshall earned an invite to the Gasparilla Bowl, where they fell to UCF 48-25. This season, the Herd will attempt to make some noise in the conference and get a bowl game victory at year’s end. Check back all season long for free college football picks and college football predictions at Sports Chat Place. 

Let’s take a closer look at Marshall’s current status and break down their chances at hitting seven wins this season. 

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Eight wins is usually a pretty decent season, but a lot more was expected of Marshall in 2019. The team was projected to finish first in the East Division but couldn’t catch Florida Atlantic, who ended up with an 11-3 campaign. The Herd were stymied by a pretty tepid 2-3 start as well, scoring a max of 14 points in all of their losses. The good news is that Marshall recovered to win five straight games starting in mid-October, beating FAU on the road in one of those. 

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Head coach Doc Holliday returns to the Marshall sideline for his 11th season, while Tim Cramsey at OC (third season) and Brad Lambert/JC Price at DC (second seasons) fill out the top end of the coaching staff. That crew should have a pretty solid returning offense, headlined by QB Isaiah Green, RB Brenden Knox and five seniors on the line. The Marshall defense has been top 60 in SP+ for three straight years, and if that unit can return to form in 2020 the Herd will be putting out a very well-rounded team. 

There are a few potential pitfalls on Marshall’s schedule this season, but if the team can get off and running with a good rhythm early the wins are there as well. The Herd have a couple of tough early home games versus Pitt and Boise State, then during October there are three road matchups in a four-game stretch. Provided Marshall can power their way through all that, November doesn’t look all that bad on paper. 

Pick: I like the over here. I’m pretty high on Marshall this year; they should be returning a good team to the field under veteran leadership. If everything goes perfectly, this team could flirt with double-digit wins and maybe even a conference title. That scenario is probably a little optimistic,  but I don’t think Marshall will have too many issues hitting seven victories in 2020. 

2020 Marshall Thundering Herd Football Schedule 

Day, Date                                     Opponent

Saturday, August 29                      at East Carolina 

Saturday, September 5                 OPEN 

Saturday, September 12               Pitt

Saturday, September 19               at Ohio 

Friday, September 25                   Boise State 

Saturday, October 3                     Rice 

Saturday, October 10                   at Western Kentucky

Saturday, October 17                   at Louisiana Tech 

Saturday, October 24                   Florida Atlantic 

Saturday, October 31                   at FIU 

Saturday, November 7                  OPEN 

Saturday, November 14                Middle Tennessee  

Saturday, November 21                Charlotte 

Saturday, November 28                at Old Dominion  

Saturday, December 5                  C-USA Championship

Andrew Jett's Free Pick:
Over 6 Wins
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Andrew has been writing about college, professional and fantasy sports betting since 2013. Andrew's goal is to break down the complicated numbers and trends into a language that's easily accessible to novice sports bettors and seasoned professionals alike.

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