Marshall vs. Western Kentucky - 10/26/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Marshall vs. Western Kentucky
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 1:31 PM (Joan C. Edwards Stadium)
MRSH -6.5 O/U 45
Western Kentucky heads to Huntington, West Virginia on Saturday after a victory over Charlotte that pushed the Hilltoppers record to 5-2 on the season. Quarterback Ty Storey was effective throwing the ball and completed 21 of 30 passes for 283 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wide receiver Lucky Jackson was Storey’s most productive target, catching 5 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown. While the Western
Kentucky passing game was in sync, their running game never seemed to get going. Running back Gael Walker only ran for 70 yards on 21 rushing attempts.
Western Kentucky comes into Saturday’s game against Marshall as the top team in the Eastern
Division of Conference USA but can be taken over if they lose to Marshall in their upcoming match up. It will be a true test for a Western Kentucky defense that has only allowed 18.5 points a game, while the Hilltoppers offense only scores 21 points a game.
Marshall comes into Saturday’s game riding a two game win streak after holding off Florida Atlantic in their last game, coming away with a 36-31 victory on the road. The star of the game was Marshall running back, Brenden Knox who had 23 carries for 220 years and two touchdowns. No score was bigger for Knox than the game winning touchdown which he scored with just 36 seconds remaining in the game. The win propelled Marshall to a record of 4-3 which places them in second in the Conference USA Eastern Division.
Knox will look to continue his strong year with the Thundering Heard and add to his stats on the season which has seen him carry the ball 188 times for 719 yards and 7 touchdowns. Another player for Marshall that will look to continue his strong season is sophomore quarterback Isaiah Green who has thrown for 1,377 yards and 10 touchdowns against 6 interceptions. The Marshall defense can be seen as their weak point due to the fact they average giving up 434.4 yards a game but are lucky enough to have an offense that is capable of getting them out of trouble when they can’t stop the opposing teams offense.
My Pick – The Marshall offense is just too strong to believe that Western Kentucky can come out of this game with a win. Also, I don’t see a way that the Western Kentucky offense scores enough points to beat a very talented Marshall team. The only way that Western Kentucky could win this game is if their defense completely shuts down an explosive Marshall offense. Marshall wins a close game 31-28 but does not cover the spread.