Marshall Thundering Herd (9-2) at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (9-2)
|Date & Time||Friday November 27, 2015, 12:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -10.5 -- Over/Under:
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The Marshall Thundering Herd will travel to L.T. Stadium to take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers this Friday afternoon in College Football action.
The Marshall Thundering Herd improved to 9-2 (6-1 C-USA East) on the season after defeating the Florida International Golden Panthers 52-0 on November 14th. Marshall stormed out of the gates in this one taking a 41-0 halftime lead and outgained Florida International by a 463-209 margin. Leading the way for Marshall was QB Chase Litton who completed 16 of 23 passes for 169 yards and 3 TD. On the season, Marshall is averaging 33.0 ppg on 413.0 yards per game (231.7 passing, 181.3 rushing). Leading the way for the Thundering Herd this season has been QB Chase Litton who is averaging 239.7 yds/game while throwing for 20 TD and 5 INT. Litton’s main targets have been Davonte Allen (60.1 yds/game, 5 TD), Deandre Reaves (52.0 yds/game, 4 TD) and Ryan Yurachek (30.0 yds/game, 7 TD). The Thundering Herd rushing attack has been led by Devon Johnson who is averaging 79.29 yds/game and has 5 TD’s. Defensively, Marshall is holding their opponents to an average of 15.6 ppg on 357.0 yards per game (185.8 passing, 171.2 rushing). Marshall has forced 25 turnovers this season and currently has a turnover margin of plus 6.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers won their 3rd straight game and improved to 9-2 (7-0 C-USA East) on the season after defeating the Florida International Golden Panthers 63-7 this past Saturday. Western Kentucky was up 56-0 after the 3rd quarter and outgained Florida International by a 477-168 margin. Leading the way for Western Kentucky was QB Brandon Doughty who completed 16 of 21 passes for 224 yards and 3 TD. On the season, the Hilltoppers are averaging 43.7 ppg on 517.3 yards per game (360.9 passing, 156.4 rushing). Leading the way for Western Kentucky has been QB Brandon Doughty who is throwing for 346.7 yds/game and has 37 TD and 6 INT on the season. Doughty has lots of talent at the receiver position in Taywan Taylor (104.6 yds/game, 14 TD), Nicholas Norris (66.3 yds/game, 3 TD), Jared Dangerfield (58.4 yds/game, 7 TD) and Tyler Higbee (66.1 yds/game, 6 TD). The Hilltoppers rushing attack is led by Anthony Wales (100.25 yds/game, 6 TD) and D’Andre Ferby (48.50 yds/game, 9 TD). Defensively, Western Kentucky is allowing their opponents to average 24.7 ppg on 405.7 yards per game (238.6 passing, 167.1 rushing). The Hilltoppers have forced 23 turnovers this season and have a turnover margin of plus 11.
The Thundering Herd are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Friday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Hilltoppers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in November and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 conference games.
This should be a great game Friday afternoon as the winning of this one decides the winner of MAC East. Western Kentucky has one of the better offenses in the country and one of the best QB’s in the country in Brandon Doughty. Marshall has been solid on the offensive end as we’ve come to expect from the Thundering Herd but the real strength of this team has come from its defense which has only allowed 30+ points once this season. This should be a great battle and although the Hilltoppers offense is scary, I think Marshall defense will keep them somewhat in check and that Chase Litton and the offense puts up enough points on the board to cover with the points. Take Marshall and the points in this one.