Eastern Kentucky at Marshall - 9/5/20 College Football Picks and Prediction

Eastern Kentucky at Marshall - 9/5/20 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Eastern Kentucky (0-0) at Marshall (0-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Joan C. Edwards Stadium)

The Line: Marshall Thundering Herd -24 -- Over/Under: 52.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Eastern Kentucky faces Marshall on Saturday, September 5th at Joan C. Edwards Stadium for week one college football action. 

Eastern Kentucky is an NCAA-FCS school in the Ohio Valley Conference, and they will have the tough task of facing an FBS school in week one of their season. Eastern Kentucky had a winning season in 2019, going 7-5 overall and 5-3 in Ohio Valley Conference play. Eastern Kentucky did take on an FBS school in Louisville last season, and in that road game Eastern Kentucky lost 42-0. Eastern Kentucky will be facing a non-Power Five conference school in Marshall here, but that does not make it any easier. Eastern Kentucky will feature a new head coach this season, as Walt Wells was given the job. This will be the first head coaching job for Wells in the NCAA. Eastern Kentucky may have a lot of new faces apart of the coaching staff, but the team does return a few key pieces from both sides of the ball from a year ago. Quarterback Parker McKinney, who threw for 1,367 yards in 2019, returns for his sophomore year. 

Marshall also had a winning season in 2019, as the Thundering Herd went 8-5 overall and 6-2 in Conference-USA action. Marshall returns their starting quarterback from a season ago in Isaiah Green, who will now be playing in his junior season. Green threw for 2,438 yards in 2019, along with rushing for 300. Green will have his starting running back from 2019 as well, as Brandon Knox returns for his senior year. Knox rushed for 1,387 yards on 270 attempts in 2019. Marshall will have to replace 46 receptions from Armani Levias, but overall Marshall seems to be well-prepared for this 2020 campaign. 

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I like Marshall to win this game very easily, as Eastern Kentucky is going to have to work out the rust early on with an entirely new coaching staff. I think Marshall has too much firepower on the offensive side of the ball for Eastern Kentucky to keep up, and I see the FBS team easily taking down their FCS opponent. 

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