WKU at Marshall: 11/27/21 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Marshall Thundering Herd (7-4) vs WKU Hilltoppers (7-4)
Game Info: Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 3:30 pm (Joan C. Edwards Stadium)
Betting Odds: Marshall Thundering Herd -1 -- Over/Under: 74.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will travel to Joan C. Edwards Stadium to take on the Marshall Thundering Herd this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers won their 6th straight game and improved to 7-4 on the season after defeating the Florida Atlantic Owls, 52-17, this past Saturday. Western Kentucky was once again outstanding on the offensive end and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 31-10 lead. Western Kentucky outgained by FAU by a 608-301 margin and forced 3 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Hilltoppers was Bailey Zappe who completed 39 of 49 passes for 470 yards, 6 TD, & 2 INT.
On the season, Western Kentucky is averaging 42.4 ppg on 528.7 total yards per game (431.4 passing yds/g; 97.4 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Western Kentucky has been led by QB Bailey Zappe who has completed QB Bailey Zappe who has completed 71.6% of his passes for 4640 yards, 48 TD, & 9 INT. The top receiving threats for the Hilltoppers have been Jerreth Sterns (123 rec, 1511 yards, 12 TD), Mitchell Tinsley (62 rec, 1042 yards, 10 TD), Malachi Corley (62 rec, 574 yards, 6 TD), & Daewood Davis (35 rec, 547 yards, 6 TD). Leading the way for the Hilltoppers backfield has been the duo of Noah Whittington (76 att, 383 yards, TD) & Adam Cofield (75 att, 348 yards, 4 TD).
Defensively, Western Kentucky is allowing their opponents to average 27.5 ppg on 419.2 total yards per game (267.6 passing yds/g; 151.5 rushing yds/g).
The Marshall Thundering Herd improved to 7-4 on the season after defeating the Charlotte 49ers, 49-28, this past Saturday. Marshall was outstanding on the offensive end against Charlotte and was able to pull away after a 15-yard TD run by Sheldon Evans gave the Thundering Herd a 35-14 lead midway through the 3rd quarter. Marshall outgained Charlotte by a 588-374 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Thundering Herd was RB Rasheen Ali who had 203 rushing yards & 3 TD on 23 carries.
On the season, Marshall is averaging 35.2 ppg on 484.1 total yards per game (320.8 passing yds/g; 163.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively Marshall has been led by RB duo of Rasheen Ali (206 att, 1142 yards, 20 TD) & Sheldon Evans (63 att, 279 yards, 5 TD). QB Grant Wells ha completed 66.8% of his passes for 3360 yards, 15 TD, & 12 INT. The top receiving threats for the Thundering Herd have been Corey Gammage (62 rec, 775 yards, 2 TD), Willie Johnson (32 rec, 625 yards, 3 TD), Xavier Gaines (38 rec, 447 yards, 3 TD), & Shadeed Ahmed (35 rec, 395 yards, 2 TD).
Defensively, Marshall is holding their opponents to an average of 20.0 ppg on 379.0 total yards per game (187.5 passing yds/g; 191.5 rushing yds/g).
The Hilltoppers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog. The Thundering Herd are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, however, are just 7-22 ATS in their last 29 home games.
Marshall has been playing some solid football as of late, however, I’ve been backing Western Kentucky for the last month and that is not going to change here. Western Kentucky has the top-ranked passing offense in College Football which has had no trouble piling up points in conference play this season and come into this game averaging 44 ppg during their 6-game winning streak. Western Kentucky’s defense has played better as of late, holding opponents to just 18.5 ppg during their winning streak and as I think the Hilltoppers will be able to force some turnovers from QB Grant Wells who has struggled with INT’s this season, I think the play here is to take Western Kentucky in this one. Good Luck!
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