Marshall Thundering Herd vs. UCF Knights - 12/23/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UCF Knights at Marshall Thundering Herd
Monday, December 23, 2019 at 2:30 PM (Raymond James Stadium )
UCF -17.5 Total 61.5
The UCF Knights will take on the Marshall Thundering Herd in the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl in Raymond James Stadium. The Knights were expected to be in another New Year’s Six Bowl this season but instead find themselves here. After taking an early loss against Pittsburgh in September, it was apparent that UCF was not going to make an undefeated run into the end of December.
The freshman, Dillon Gabriel leads the UCF offense with 3,393 yards passing with 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Otis Anderson leads the Knights in rushing with 665 yards and five touchdowns. UCF relies on Gabriel’s throwing. Gabriel Davis leads the team in receiving with 72 receptions for 1,241 yards and 12 touchdowns. As a team, the UCF offense averages 536.6 yards a game, thanks to 320 yards passing per game.
Marshall won their final game in November with an overtime win against FIU. FIU, if you recall, defeated Miami in dominating fashion. For Marshall, it’s a good win, but a win you’d expect from Marshall anyway.
Isaiah Green has thrown for 2,265 yards and 14 touchdowns. However, he has nine interceptions on the year. Because Green can turn the ball over rather quickly, the Herd rely on Brenden Knox who has 244 attempts on the ground for 1,284 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Knights are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. CUSA.
Thundering Herd are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 bowl games.
Over is 6-1 in Knights last 7 games on grass.
Over is 4-0 in Thundering Herd last 4 games on grass.
Marshall allows 362.3 yards per game on the defensive end. If the Thundering Herd can get stops, the game will be tight. But don’t expect it. UCF is out to prove that this team is still capable of winning big games. Final score prediction, UCF Knights wins, 45-21.