Week 5: Marshall vs Gardner-Webb 10/1/22 College Football Picks, Predictions, Odds

Week 5: Marshall vs Gardner-Webb 10/1/22 College Football Picks, Predictions, Odds player photo
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The Marshall Thundering Herd and Gardner-Webb Bulldogs do battle Saturday in week 5 college football action from Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

The Gardner-Webb Bulldogs will look to rebound from a 45-14 loss at the hands of Mercer last time out. Bailey Fisher led the Bulldogs with 123 yards passing, with a touchdown and an interception on 14 of 20 passing while Jalin Graham rushed for a score and Jayden Brown had a team-high 22 rushing yards. T.J. Luther led the Bulldogs with 7 catches for 100 yards and a touchdown while Cutrell Haywood also had 5 receptions for 48 yards in defeat.

The Marshall Thundering Herd will try to bounce back after a 16-7 loss to Troy in their last game. Henry Colombi has thrown for 737 yards, 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 75.5% passing while Khalan Laborn has a team-high 540 rushing yards and 6 scores this season. Caleb McMillan leads Marshall with 171 receiving yards while Talik Keaton and Corey Gammage each have 100+ receiving yards as well on the year. On defense, Charlie Gray has a team-high 29 total tackles while Eli Neal and Abraham Beauplan each have 28 total tackles with Neal logging 15 solo tackles. Damion Barber and Sam Burton each have a pair of sacks as well this season for the Herd.

Gardner-Webb is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss by 20 or more points while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games overall. Marshall is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS loss and 8-24 ATS in their last 32 home games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 home games.

I get the case to be made for Marshall laying the big number here, but I want no part of the Herd after what we’ve seen from them in recent weeks and I truly don’t trust Gardner-Webb enough to take a shot with the points here. Instead, I’m going to look at the under as I just don’t see either side doing enough or caring enough (more so on Marshall’s end) to push this one over the number. Give me the under here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick:Under 61