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Florida Atlantic vs. Marshall - 10/17/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Marshall Thundering Herd (5-1) at Florida Atlantic Owls (1-4)
Date & Time Saturday October 17, 2015, 12:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Florida Atlantic Owls +6.5 -- Over/Under: 53.5
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CFB | Marshall Thundering Herd (5-1) at Florida Atlantic Owls (1-4)

The Marshall Thundering Herd will travel to FAU stadium to take on the Florida Atlantic Owls this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.

The Marshall Thundering Herd won their 4th straight game and improved to 5-1 (2-0 C-USA East) on the season after defeating the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles 31-10 this past Saturday. Marshall had trouble generating much offense as they were outgained by the Golden Eagles by a 439-277 margin but forced Southern Mississippi to commit 5 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Thundering Herd was RB Devon Johnson who had 82 yards and a TD on 22 carries. On the season, Marshall is currently averaging 31.7 ppg on 338.8 yards per game (190.8 passing, 148.0 rushing). The Thundering Herd has a solid rushing attack led by Devon Jackson (81 carries, 472 yards, 4 TD) and Tony Pittman (61 carries, 288 yards, 3 TD). Marshall had questions at QB as they needed to replaced Rakeem Cato this season, and over the past month have turned to Freshman QB, Chase Litton who on the season has completed 56.9% of his passes for 796 yards, 10 TD and 3 INT in 4 starts. Deandre Reaves (15 rec, 260 yards, 3 TD) and Ryan Yurachek (23 rec, 220 yards, 4 TD) lead the way for the Marshall WR’s. Defensively, Marshall has been solid this season as they are holding their opponents to just 17.5 ppg. The Thundering Herd have forced an impressive 17 turnovers this season but only have a plus-2 turnover margin. Leading the way for the defense is LB Evan McKelvey (70 tackles), DL Gary Thompson (39 tackles, 5 sacks) and DB Taj Letman (22 tackles, 3 Int).

The Florida Atlantic Owls gave took a 26-14 lead early in the 4th quarter but gave up two late TD’s and dropped to 1-4 (1-1 C-USA East) on the season after being defeated 27-26 by the Rice Owls this past Saturday. Florida Atlantic was outgained by Rice by a 487-391 margin and finished the game going just 6-15 on 3rd downs. Leading the way for Florida Atlantic was QB Driphus Jackson who completed 22 of 34 passes for 284 yards and 3 TD’s. Offensively, Florida Atlantic is averaging 24.4 ppg on 401.0 yards per game (241.4 passing, 159.6 rushing). Jaquez Johnson has been solid for the Owls at QB as he has completed 58.7% of his passes for 667 yards, 4 TD’s and 2 Int in his 4 games this season. The Owls rushing attack is led by Greg Howell who has 417 yards and 2 TD on 84 carries. Jenson Stoshak leads the way for the Florida Atlantic WR’s as he currently has 326 yards and a TD on 24 receptions. Defensively, Florida Atlantic is allowing opponents to average 31.6 ppg on 424.2 yards per game (240.4 passing, 183.8 rushing). The Owls currently have a minus-2 turnover margin on the season. DL Trevon Coley (30 tackles, 4.5 sacks) and DL Trey Hendrickson (14 tackles, 4.5 sacks) led the way for the Owls defense.

The Thundering Herd are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in October and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win. The Owls are 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games in October.

Marshall might not be scoring at the rate that we saw last season but it looks now that QB Chase Litton is getting more experience, the Thundering Herd offense is starting to find their rhythm. Florida Atlantic has been competitive this year but they are still aren’t near the level of the top teams in C-USA. Florida Atlantic has some major injury concerns as their starting QB Jaquez Johnson and their best WR, Jenson Stoshak are questionable with injuries. Even if the Owls were completely healthy, I would like Marshall in this one and if not everyone can go for Florida Atlantic, I think the Thundering Herd cover this spread easily. Take Marshall in this one and as I think this line will continue to raise as the week goes on, take Marshall early in the week while it’s still under a TD. 

Marshall Thundering Herd -6.5

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