Marshall at Colorado State New Mexico Bowl Picks and Predictions 12/16/2017
Saturday, December 16, 2017
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The Marshall Thundering Herd travel to Dreamstyle Stadium to take on the Colorado State Rams on Saturday, December 16, 2017. The opening line for this game has Colorado State as 5.5 point favorites. The Thundering Herd have an ATS record of 8-4-0 while their over/under record is 5-7-0. The Rams have an over/under record of 6-6-0 and they are 4-8-0 against the spread.
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Valuable Marshall Thundering Herd Betting Trends
The Marshall Thundering Herd are 5-7-0 against the over/under
The Marshall Thundering Herd are 8-4-0 against the spread
Important Colorado State Rams Betting Trends
The Colorado State Rams are 6-6-0 against the over/under
The Colorado State Rams are 4-8-0 against the spread
Key Marshall Thundering Herd Injuries
12/03/17 DL Aaron Dopson Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs Colorado State
12/03/17 DB Chris Jackson Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs Colorado State
12/03/17 WR Tyre Brady Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs Colorado State
12/03/17 S Malik Gant Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs Colorado State
12/03/17 DL Nyquan Harris Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs Colorado State
12/03/17 OL Sandley Jean-Felix Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs Colorado State
10/29/17 OL Nathaniel Devers Suspension is out indefinitely
10/01/17 DL Damien Dozier Undisclosed has left team
09/25/17 RB Trey Rodriguez Left Team out for season
09/12/17 DB Kendall Gant Left Team out for season
08/29/17 K Amoreto Curraj Left Team out for season
08/29/17 WR Darian Owens Left Team out for season
08/23/17 LB Donyae Moody Knee out for season
Key Colorado State Rams Injuries
12/03/17 OL Tyler Bjorklund Concussion is "?" Saturday vs Marshall
11/10/17 RB Izzy Matthews Collarbone is out indefinitely
10/23/17 S Jamal Hicks Arm is out indefinitely
08/23/17 WR E.J. Scott ACL out for season
08/21/17 LB Deonte Clyburn Blood Clot out indefinitely
08/08/17 DB Braylin Scott Legal problems out indefinitely
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Marshall Thundering Herd are 79th in Division 1 in points scored with 316. They have run 832 plays this season for 4,441 yards, which ranks them 61st in the nation in total offense. The Thundering Herd average 5.3 yards per play, which is 92nd in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 247 1st downs this year, placing them 70th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Marshall has run for 1,588 yards as a team, which ranks 104th in the country. They've run 420 times, averaging 3.8 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Thundering Herd have been penalized on offense 74 times for 670 yards so far this season, which has them 59th in the nation in penalties. Chase Litton has thrown for 2,853 yards this season. He has completed 249 passes on 411 attempts for a completion percentage of 60.6%. His quarterback rating this year is 131.5. He averages 6.9 yards per pass attempt and 6.7 adjusted yards per throw.
Marshall is 17th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 232. They have surrendered a total of 4,052 yards on D, which is 24th in Division 1. The Thundering Herd are ranked 22nd in yards per play allowed with 5. Opposing offenses have completed 215 passes on 380 attempts against the Marshall Thundering Herd defense this season, placing them 56th and 73rd in the country. The Marshall pass defense has also given up a total of 2,548 yards through the air, which is 46th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has allowed 434 attempts for 1,505 yards this year, putting them in 20th place in D-1 against the run. The Thundering Herd have committed 70 penalties for 714 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 93rd in the nation.
Special Teams Stats
Marshall is ranked 31st in the nation in punt returns with 22. They've accumulated 40 punt return yards and average 1.9 yards per return, which is 127th in college football. They have returned 38 kicks for 839 yards on special teams, ranking 37th in kick return yardage. The Thundering Herd average 22 yards per kick return and they are 90th in the country in all-purpose yards with 5,320. The Marshall Thundering Herd have attempted 16 field goals this season and made 10, which is 102nd in D-1. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 60%. Marshall Thundering Herd kickers have made 97% of their extra points, going 37 for 38 this year. Their punters have totaled 2,351 yards on 53 punts, averaging 44 yards per punt. That places them 14th in Division 1 in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Rams have run for 2,538 yards as a team, which ranks 32nd in the nation. They've run 487 times, averaging 5.2 yards per rush as a unit. The Rams have been penalized on offense 78 times for 726 yards so far this year, which has them 44th in the country in penalties. They are 33rd in Division 1 in points scored with 406. They have run 894 plays this year for 6,022 yards, which ranks them 24th in the nation in total offense. The Colorado State Rams average 6.7 yards per play, which is 13th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 305 1st downs this season, ranking them 11th overall as an offensive unit. Nick Stevens has completed 259 throws while attempting 407 passes for a completion percentage of 63.6%. He has passed for 3,484 yards this year. He averages 8.8 adjusted yards per throw and 8.6 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating this season is 152.5.
The Colorado State Rams rush defense has given up 438 attempts for 2,212 yards this season, putting them in 84th place in the country against the run. They have had 62 penalties for 526 yards on defense this year. That places them 26th in Division 1. Colorado State is 71st in college football in points surrendered on defense with 330. They have given up a total of 5,134 yards on D, which is 89th in the nation. The Rams are 98th in yards per play allowed with 6.2. Opponent offenses have completed 220 throws on 386 attempts against the Colorado State defense this season, ranking them 63rd and 81st in the country. The Colorado State Rams pass defense has also surrendered a total of 2,922 yards in the air, which is 89th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Colorado State Rams have tried 18 field goals this year and made 16, which is 36th in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 83%. Colorado State kickers have made 96% of their extra points, going 49 for 52 this season. Their punters have accumulated 1,777 yards on 40 punts, averaging 46 yards per punt. That ranks them 6th in the NCAA in punting average. Colorado State is 104th in the country in punt returns with 12. They've totaled 122 punt return yards and average 10.2 yards per return, which is 32nd in D-1. They have returned 24 kicks for 517 yards on special teams, which puts them 113th in kick return yardage. The Rams average 22 yards per kick return and they are 16th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 6,661.
Who will win tonight's Thundering Herd/Rams college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Thundering Herd +5.5
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