Connecticut Huskies (6-6) at Marshall Thundering Herd (9-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 26, 2015, 11:00 AM (EST)|
The Line: Marshall Thundering Herd -4.5 -- Over/Under: 43
The Connecticut Huskies will play the Marshall Thundering Herd in the St. Petersburg Bowl Game.
The Marshall Thundering Herd were 9-3 this season and finished second in the C-USA East Division standings. The Marshall offense is averaging 32.6 points per game with 232.6 passing yards per game and 168.8 rushing yards per game. Chase Litton is the Marshall quarterback who is completing 59.3% of his passes for 2387 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. Devon Johnson is the leading rusher for Marshall but is out indefinitely with an injury. Hyleck Foster has 409 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns for Marshall. Davonte Allen has 696 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns, while Deandre Reaves has 617 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns for Marshall. The Marshall defense is giving up 18.4 points per game with 201.5 passing yards per game and 171.6 rushing yards per game. Evan McKelvey has 113 tackles, Gary Thompson has 8 sacks, and Taj Letman has 3 interceptions for Marshall. Marshall is +4 in turnover margin this season.
The Connecticut Huskies were 6-6 this season and finished fourth in the American East Division standings. The UCONN offense is averaging 17.8 points per game with 193.8 passing yards per game and 124.6 rushing yards per game. Bryant Shirreffs is the quarterback for UCONN who is completing 60.3% of his passes for 1992 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. Shirreffs also has 428 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns for UCONN. Arkeel Newsome has 760 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns, while Ron Johnson has 216 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns for Connecticut. Noel Thomas has 719 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns, while Arkeel Newsome has 432 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns for UCONN. The UCONN defense is giving up 19.8 points per game with 186.9 passing yards per game and 165.3 rushing yards per game. Andrew Adams has 89 tackles, Foley Fatukasi has 7 sacks, and Jamar Summers has 7 interceptions for UCONN. Connecticut is +9 in turnover margin this season.
Connecticut has had some major problems scoring this season, as they are one of the worst scoring offenses in the nation. The good news for Connecticut is that they have a very good defense, allowing less than 20 points per game. Connecticut ended the season winning 3 of their last 4 games, but I think they are overmatched in this game. Marshall had a very good season, but ended losing 2 of their last 3 games. Marshall also has a very good defense, but their offense is a lot better than UCONN’s. I think Marshall will be able to move the ball better than Connecticut, so I am picking them in this game.