Saturday, November 26, 2016
Joan C. Edwards Stadium
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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers take on the Marshall Thundering Herd on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The opening line for this game has Western Kentucky as 21 point favorites. This season the Hilltoppers are 4-7-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 5-6-0. The Thundering Herd have an over/under record of 4-7-0 and they are 4-6-1 against the spread.
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Mike White finished with 274 yards through the air for Western Kentucky last week. He completed 16 passes out of 23 attempts for a 70% completion percentage. The Hilltoppers were led in rushing by Anthony Wales, who finished with 111 yards on 12 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 9 yards per carry. Taywan Taylor was the team leader in receiving with a total of 97 yards and 5 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 19 yards per reception. As a team in that game Western Kentucky got a total of 24 first downs. Of those first downs, 10 came on the ground while 14 came through the air. They ran 69 total plays for 509 yards for the game. The Hilltoppers ran for 225 yards on 37 attempts.
Chase Litton finished with 301 yards passing for Marshall last week. He went 29 for 42, resulting in a 69% completion percentage. The Thundering Herd were led on the ground by Anthony Anderson, who finished with 56 yards on 11 carries. He ended the game with an average of 5 yards per rush. Deon-Tay McManus led the team in receiving with 151 yards and 10 catches. He finished the game with an average of 15 yards per reception. Marshall had 24 first downs total. 5 came from running the ball and 18 came from a pass. They ran 68 total plays for 379 yards for the contest. The Thundering Herd ran for 78 yards on 26 carries as a team.
Western Kentucky scores 42.5 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 10th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 22.5 passes on 34.5 attempts for a 65.3 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 338.6 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 6th in college football. The Hilltoppers run for an average of 171.2 yards per game on 33.5 attempts for an average of 5.1 yards per carry. That ranks them 69th in the nation. They also run 68 plays per contest and average 7.5 yards per play for an average of 509.8 yards per game, ranking their offense 13th overall this season. The Hilltoppers average 23.5 first downs per game which ranks them 30th in the country. They accumulate 63.2 penalty yards per game via 6.5 penalties, which ranks 27th in the nation.
Western Kentucky allows 258.6 passing yards per game, ranking 104th in D-1, and they allow 23.9 points per contest on defense, which ranks 42nd. They give up 22.4 completions on 37.8 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 59.1. The Hilltoppers allow 108.7 rushing yards per game on 33 carries for an average of 3.3 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 11th in the country. Western Kentucky allows 367.4 total yards per game including 5.2 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 32nd in terms of yards per game. They force 1.4 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 6.5 penalties for 52.1 yards per game, ranking them 60th among D-1 teams.
Marshall averages 28.3 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 71st in the country. In the passing department, they complete 22.3 passes per game on 36.6 attempts for a 60.8 percent completion percentage. They throw for 250.8 yards through the air per game, ranking them 47th in Division 1. The Thundering Herd run for an average of 110.1 yards per game on 32.5 attempts for an average of 3.4 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 121st on the ground. They also run 69.1 plays per game and average 5.2 yards per play for a total of 360.9 yards per game, ranking them 106th in the country on offense. The Thundering Herd get an average of 20.3 first downs per game, which ranks 87th in the nation. They average 75.5 penalty yards per game via 7.2 penalties, ranking them 5th in college football.
Marshall allows an average of 255.5 passing yards per game, which ranks 97th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 33 points per contest, which has them ranked 101st in the nation. They give up 18.5 completions on 31 attempts for a completion percentage of 59.8 per game. The Thundering Herd allow 199.9 rushing yards per contest on 41.4 carries for a 4.8 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 88th in the country. Marshall allows 455.5 total yards per game for an average of 6.3 yards per play, which ranks 106th in D-1. They force 1.8 turnovers per contest and 6.7 penalties for 68.2 yards in each contest, ranking 118th in the nation.
Western Kentucky Betting Trends
Western Kentucky is 5-6-0 against the over/under this season
Western Kentucky has an ATS record of 4-7-0 this season
Marshall Betting Trends
Marshall is 4-7-0 against the over/under this season
Marshall has an ATS record of 4-6-1 this season
Injuries to Watch
10/18/16 WR John Brunner Personal left the team
10/01/16 RB D'Andre Ferby Shoulder out for season
10/01/16 DB Marcus Ward Knee out for season
09/06/16 RB Leon Allen Knee out indefinitely
08/27/16 QB Nelson Fishback Pectoral out for season
11/02/16 OL Michael Selby Arm out for season
10/06/16 WR Willie Johnson Knee out for season
10/06/16 LS Zach Wood Personal has left team
08/28/16 S Tiquan Lang Dismissed has been dismissed
Guy's Pick: Take Marshall +21
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