Marshall at North Texas: 10/15/21 College Football Picks and Prediction
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North Texas Mean Green (1-4) vs Marshall Thundering Herd (3-3)
Game Info: Friday, October 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Apogee Stadium)
Betting Odds: North Texas Mean Green +11 -- Over/Under: 61 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Marshall Thundering Herd will travel to Apogee Stadium to take on the North Texas Mean Green this Friday night in College Football action.
The Marshall Thundering Herd snapped a 3-game losing streak and improved to 3-3 on the season after defeating the Old Dominion Monarchs, 20-13 in OT, this past Saturday. Marshall had a surprisingly difficult time as double-digit favorites against Old Dominion, however, avoided the upset after forcing OT with a 52-yard TD reception with just :33 seconds left and winning it in OT on a 22-yd TD reception by Shadeed Ahmed. Marshall outgained Old Dominion by a 390-314 margin, however, did commit two turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Thundering Herd was QB Grant Wells who has completed 30 of 46 passes for 299 yards, 2 TD, & 2 INT.
On the season, Marshall is averaging 34.8 ppg on 515.7 total yards per game (357.7 passing yds/g; 158.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Marshall has been led by RB Rasheen Ali who had 556 yards & 11 TD’s on 103 carries. QB Grant Wells has completed 64.9% of his passes for 2003 yards, 8 TD, & 9 INT. The leading receivers for the Thundering Herd have been Corey Gammage (38 rec, 506 yards), Shadeed Ahmed (23 rec, 293 yards, 2 TD), Xavier Gaines (19 rec, 280 yards, TD), Willie Johnson (14 rec, 264 yards, 2 TD), & Talik Keaton (13 rec, 215 yards, 2 TD).
Defensively, Marshall is holding their opponents to an average of 22.8 ppg on 386.2 total yards per game (176.0 passing yds/g; 210.2 rushing yds/g).
The North Texas Mean Green lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 1-4 on the season after being defeated by the Missouri Tigers, 48-35, this past Saturday. North Texas struggled with turnovers and could not fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 31-7 margin. North Texas outgained Missouri by a 493-474 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 4-0 margin. Leading the way for the Mean Green was QB Austin Aune who completed 16 of 26 passes for 305 yards, 4 TD, & 2 INT.
On the season, North Texas is averaging 22.8 ppg on 415.8 total yards per game (212.4 passing yds/g; 203.4 rushing yds/g). Offensively, North Texas has been led by RB DeAndre Torrey who has 601 rushing yards & 4 TD’s on 115 carries. QB Austin Aune has completed 48.2% of his passes for 518 yards, 5 TD, & 2 INT. The top receiving threats for the Mean Green have been Roderic Burns (30 rec, 363 yards, 2 TD), Jason Pirtle (15 rec, 138 yards, 1 TD), Jyaire Shorter (6 rec, 107 yards), & Damon Ward Jr. (5 rec, 102 yards, 2 TD).
Defensively, North Texas is allowing their opponents to average 32.2 ppg on 424.2 total yards per game (215.4 passing yds/g; 208.8 rushing yds/g).
The Thundering Herd are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Mean Green are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 0-8 ATS in their last 8 games as a home underdog
Marshall has some talent on the offensive end, however, the Thundering Herd just haven’t looked great over the last month and it’s not that encouraging that they barley pulled off a victory at home against a very below average Old Dominion team. North Texas isn’t as dangerous as we’ve seen in year’s past, however, the offensive was impressive last week against Missouri and seems to be heading in the right direction. Marshall has really struggled against the run this season which should lead to a big game by the Mean Green’s biggest weapon in DeAndre Torrey and as I think this is just too many points for Marshall to cover on the road, I’m taking North Texas and the double-digit points. Good Luck!