Marshall Thundering Herd (8-1) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (3-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 7, 2015, 3:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -2 -- Over/Under:
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The Marshall Thundering Herd will travel to Floyd Field to take on the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in College Football action this Saturday afternoon.
The Marshall Thundering Herd won their 7th straight game and improved to 8-1 (5-0 C-USA East) on the season after defeating the Charlotte 49ers 34-10 this past Saturday. Marshall was able to outgain Charlotte by a 630-307 margin and forced the 49ers into committing two turnovers. Leading the way for the Thundering Herd was Chase Litton who threw completed 33 of 48 passes for a career high 486 yards and 2 TD in the win. On the season, Marshall is averaging 31.9 ppg on 396.1 yards per game (222.4 passing, 173.7 rushing). Leading the way for the Thundering Herd offense has been the running duo of Devon Johnson (14.00 att/game, 92.50 yards/games, 5 TD) and Tony Pittman (12.20 att/game, 57.60 yards/games, 3 TD). Freshman QB Chase Litton has been getting better with every game and currently has thrown for 14 TD and 4 INT on the season while averaging 235.0 passing yards per game. WR Davonte Allen (4.2 rec/games, 53.1 yards/game, 4 TD), WR Deandre Reaves (3.7 rec/games, 50.0 yards/game, 3 TD), and TE Ryan Yurachek (3.3 rec/games, 31.9 yards/game, 5TD) lead the way for the Thundering Herd receivers. Defensively, Marshall is holding their opponents to an average of 16.1 ppg on 351.6 yards per game (177.0 passing, 174.6 rushing). Marshall has forced 21 turnovers on the season and have a turnover margin of plus 5. The Thundering Herd are led defensively by DL Gary Thompson (46 tackles, 5.0 sacks) and DB Taj Letman (49 tackles, 3 INT).
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders couldn’t find their offensive this past Saturday and dropped to 3-5 (2-2 C-USA East) on the season after being defeated by the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 45-16. Middle Tennessee was outgained by Louisiana Tech by a 474-414 margin and committed three turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Blue Raiders was as QB Brent Stockstill who completed 36 of 56 passes for 381 yards, 2 TD, and 2 INT. On the season, Middle Tennessee is averaging 34.6 ppg on 440.1 yards per game (310.6 passing, 129.5 rushing). Leading the Blue Raiders has been QB Brent Stockstill who has completed 66.6% of his passes for 18 TD and 6 INT while averaging 305.6 yards passing per game. Stockstill’s main targets have been WR Richie James (8.1 rec/game, 95.6 yards/game, 3 TD) and Ed’Marques Batties (7.5 rec/game, 86.3 yards/game, 11 TD). The Blue Raiders rushing attack is led by Jordan Parker (11.17 att/game, 55.67 yards/game, 4 TD) and Desmond Anderson (8.00 att/game, 37.57 yards/game, 4 TD). Defensively, Middle Tennessee is allowing 30.8 ppg on 404.0 yards per game (262.0 passing, 142.0 rushing). Middle Tennessee currently has a minus-2 turnover margin and are led defensively by LB T.T. Barber (55 tackles, 4.0 sacks) and DB Jeremy Cutrer (27 tackles, 1.0 sacks, 3 INT).
The Thundering Herd are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Blue Raiders are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.
Both Marshall and Middle Tennessee have above average offenses that can put points on the board but the difference in this one will come on the defensive end where Marshall has the advantage. Going on the road to play at Middle Tennessee is always tough but I think the Thundering Herd will be able contain Stockstill and the Blue Raiders offense and win this game out right. I’m taking Marshall on the money line in this one.