Marshall Thundering Herd (1-0) at Ohio Bobcats (1-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 12, 2015, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Ohio Bobcats +3.5 -- Over/Under: 60.5
The Marshall Thundering Herd will travel to Peden Stadium to take on the Ohio Bobcats this Saturday evening in College Football action.
The Marshall Thundering Herd (1-0, 0-0 C-USA) scored 24 second half points to defeat the Purdue Boilermakers 41-31 this past Saturday afternoon. Marshall was trailing 34-27 with under three minutes to play but got a late rushing TD by Devon Johnson to take a 34-31 lead with 2:50 left to play and sealed the victory with Tiquan Lang’s second INT returned for a TD with a little more than a minute left to play. Marshall was outgained by the Boilermakers by a 454-397 margin but did win the turnover battle by a 4-3 margin. Leading the way for Marshall was QB Michael Birdsong (23-36, 234 yds, 2 TD, 1 Int) and RB Devon Johnson (11 car, 89 yds, 1 TD). Safety Tiquan Lang was named the National Defensive Player of the Week as on top of the two INT’s returned for TD’s, Lang finished with a game high 17 tackles. Marshall finished the 2014 season with 13 victories and once again look as if they are one of C-USA’s elite teams as they have Devon Johnson (2014 – 8.6 yds/carry, 1767 yds) once against leading the offensive charge in the backfield.
The Ohio Bobcats (1-0, 0-0 MAC) scored 21 first quarter points and rolled to a solid 45-28 victory over the Idaho Vandals this past Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats outgained the Vandals by a 489-400 margin and were led by a strong running game that put up 206 rushing yards and TD’s on Idaho. Leading the way for the Ohio offense was QB Derrius Vick (13-16, 192 yds, 2 TD), RB Daz’mond Patterson (13 car, 85 yds, 1 TD), and WR Brendan Cope (4 rec, 129 yds, 1 TD). The Bobcats defensive had trouble containing Idaho’s WR Dezmon Epps (15 rec, 160 yds) however, did win the turnover battle by a 3-1 margin. The Bobcats defensive was led by S Nathan Carpenter who was named MAC Defensive Player of the Week who recorded 5 tackles and recorded two turnovers in the game which he returned one for a TD. Ohio has been consistent threat in the MAC-East over the years and should contend once again as they have 18 returning starters from a team that went 6-6 last season.
The Thundering Herd are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Bobcats are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in September and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 non-conference games.
Marshall is once again one of the top C-USA teams this year and although Ohio is certainly no push over as they have one of the better defenses in the MAC, I think Devon Johnson and decent Marshall defensive will be able to cover this small spread against Ohio.