Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (8-4) at Marshall Thundering Herd (11-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 6, 2014, 12:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Marshall Thundering Herd -14 -- Over/Under:
The Marshall Thundering Herd host the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs for the CUSA championship Saturday.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs were the class of the CUSA West with a 7-1 record which they capped off with style in a 76-31 rout of a decent Rice squad in which they exploded for 48 second half points. The Owls totaled 371 yards with four turnovers with two ending up in their own endzone. However the story of the day was the Bulldogs 677 yards with plenty of balance. Cody Sokol was at his best in the air by connecting on 20-32 for 387 yards with four touchdowns and an interception with Trent Taylor and Paul Turner each catching seven balls for 242 yards and three scores. Kenneth Dixon led La Tech on the ground totaling 137 yards and a trio of TD's with Jarred Craft ripping off a 58 yard scoring jaunt.
The Marshall Thundering were give a better then even chance of going undefeated in 2014 and there was even talk of making the playoffs for the National Championship. Things were going just as planned with eleven straight victories before a 67-66, overtime defeat to visiting Western Kentucky when the Hilltoppers converted a two point conversion in the extra session. Both teams combined for 1,446 yards with plenty of passing and solid rushing attacks. Brandon Doughty threw for nearly 500 yards and eight TD's with Rakeem Cato completing 29-46 for 417 yardsa with seven scores and four interceptions with Davonte Allen and Tommy Shuler accounting for 273 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Steward Butler was the face of the ground game with 233 yards on 24 carries and a pair of scores.
The over is 4-0 in Bulldogs last 4 vs. a team with a winning record while the Bulldogs are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record with the over going 4-0-1 in Bulldogs last 5 games on fieldturf. For Marshall the Thundering Herd are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game while the Thundering Herd are 11-1-1 ATS in their last 13 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. I'm not sure either team can keep the other off the scoreboard so I'm thinking La Tech and a few TD's is too much to give up...