UCF vs. Marshall - 12/23/19 College Football Gasparilla Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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UCF Knights (9-3) at Marshall Thundering Herd (8-4)
College Football: Monday, December 23, 2019 at 2:30 pm (Raymond James Stadium)
The Line: Marshall Thundering Herd +16 -- Over/Under: 59.5
The UCF Knights and the Marshall Thundering Herd meet in college football action from Raymond James Stadium on Monday.
Marshall comes in here at 8-4 on the season. The Herd have gone 6-1 over their last seven games, falling to Charlotte while taking out ODU, Florida Atlantic, Western KY, Rice, LA Tech and FIU otherwise.
In the OT win over the Panthers, Marshall’s Isaiah Green threw for 90 yards and a TD, and Obi Obialo caught five passes for 31 yards. Brenden Knox rushed for 146 yards and a score there as well.
Over on the UCF side, they’re currently 9-3 this year. In their last six games, the Knights are 5-1, falling to Tulsa while otherwise beating East Carolina, Temple, Houston, Tulane and South Florida in that span.
In the win over the Bulls, UCF’s Dillon Gabriel posted 270 yards with two scores, and Adrian Killins rushed for 115 yards and a TD. Gabriel Davis added eight receptions for 106 yards and two scores in that one.
The Knights are 4-0 ATS in their last four versus CUSA and 5-2 ATS in their last seven non-conference games. UCF is 2-7 ATS in their last nine overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five neutral-site games.
Meanwhile, the Herd are 7-0 ATS in their last seven bowl games and 6-0 ATS in their last six neutral-site games. Marshall is 17-5 ATS in their last 22 on grass and 3-7 ATS in the last 10 overall.
Marshall has had a few close calls over the second half of the season, but overall they’re doing pretty well and should be confident heading into another Gasparilla Bowl. The Herd have been pretty consistent putting up points this year, and they bounced back with 30 against FIU following their paltry 13 versus Charlotte.
As for the Knights, they’ve put up at least 31 in each of their last six games, so they’re not having too many issues there. This matchup should feature plenty of scoring, so it might be fun to play with the over here—it doesn’t look too bad, really. The consensus here seems to be that UCF will roll. I like the Knights to win, but I also like Marshall’s offense enough to get into what seems like a generous line. I’m going Herd.