Florida Atlantic at Marshall: 10/24/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Marshall Thundering Herd (4-0) vs Florida Atlantic Owls (1-0)
Game Info: Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 2:30 pm (Joan C. Edwards Stadium)
Betting Odds: Marshall Thundering Herd -13.5 -- Over/Under: 50.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Florida Atlantic Owls will travel to Joan C. Edwards Stadium to take on the Marshall Thundering Herd this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Florida Atlantic Owls (1-0; 1-0 C-USA) continue to struggle to get on the field as the Owls had a bye week last week after having their game against Southern Mississippi on October 10th cancelled due to COVID concerns. The cancellation marked the 3rd game that has been postponed for the Owls this season. Florida Atlantic did pick up a victory in their only game of the season, defeating the Charlotte 49ers, 21-17, on October 3rd. Florida Atlantic struggled offensively early against Charlotte, going into halftime trailing by a 10-0 margin, however, the Owls offensive exploded for three TD’s in a span of about six minutes late in the 3rd quarter and hung on late for the victory. Florida Atlantic was outgained by Charlotte by a 396-315 margin, however, did not commit a turnover in the victory.
Leading the way for the Owls in the victory was QB Nick Tronti who completed 11 of 22 passes for 98 yards & 2 TD’s. Tronti was also the leading rusher for the Owls after compiling 94 rushing yards and a TD on 10 carries. Also, in the backfield for the Oils was James Charles (7 car, 45 yards), Larry McCammon III (6 car, 43 yards), Malcolm Davidson (4 car, 18 yards), and BJ Emmons (4 car, 13 yards). Leading the way for the Florida Atlantic receivers was Logan Peterson (1 rec, 25 yards, TD) and T.J. Chase (2 rec, 25 yards, TD).
Florida Atlantic was outstanding against the run last season and looked once again strong after holding Charlotte to just 82 yards on 41 carries. The Owls will need to improve a secondary however, that did allow the 49ers to throw for 314 yards and a TD agianst them. Defensively, Florida Atlantic was led by Leighton McCarthy who had 10 tackles and 3 sacks against Charlotte.
The 22nd ranked Marshall Thundering Herd improved to 4-0 (2-0 C-USA) on the season after defeating Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, 35-17, this past Saturday. Marshall was outstanding on both sides of the ball in the victory and had no trouble picking up the win after taking a 28-10 lead with 3:09 left in the 3rd quarter. Marshall outgained Louisiana Tech by a 402-267 margin and held Louisiana Tech to just 17 first downs in the victory. Leading the way for the Thundering Herd was RB Brenden Knox who had 125 rushing yards & 1 TD on 32 carries.
On the season, Marshall is averaging 37.3 ppg on 437.8 total yards per game (224.3 passing yds/g; 213.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Marshall has been led by RB Brenden Knox who has 455 rushing yards & 7 TD’s on 93 carries. Also, in the backfield with Knox has been Sheldon Evans (38 att, 150 yards, 2 TD) and Knowledge McDaniel (20 att, 115 yards). QB Grant Wells has completed 66.0% of his passes for 859 yards, 6 TD, & 2 INT. The top receivers for the Thundering Herd have been Broc Thompson (14 rec, 228 yards), Xavier Gaines (9 rec, 143 yards, TD), and Talik Keaton (8 rec, 107 yards, TD).
Defensively, Marshall is holding their opponents to an average of 9.5 ppg on 272.8 total yards per game (204.3 passing yds/g; 68.5 rushing yds/g).
The Owls are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 0-1 ATS on the season. Marshall is 4-0 ATS on the season, however, just 5-14 ATS in their last 19 home games.
Florida Atlantic was able to pick up a win in their only game of the season, but it wasn’t an impressive victory and we could clearly see that this was not going to be the same Owls team that we saw under Lane Kiffin. Marshall has cracked the top-25 for good reason as they have an outstanding rushing attack to go along with a defense that has been impressive keeping opponents off the scoreboard. It’s hard to expect Florida Atlantic to come out sharp as they just haven’t been able to get a lot of live action this season and as I think Marshall has the advantage on both sides of the ball, I think the Thundering Herd do enough at home to win by at least two TD’s and cover this spread. Good Luck!