Marshall Thundering Herd vs Appalachian State Mountaineers Prediction, 9/23/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Marshall Thundering Herd vs Appalachian State Mountaineers
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021
Location: Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Mountaineers (-5.5)
Kidd Brewer Stadium is where the Appalachian State Mountaineers (2-1) will compete against the Marshall Thundering Herd (2-1) on Thursday. Marshall opens this contest as 5.5-point dogs from oddsmakers. The total is set at 54.
The Marshall Thundering Herd step onto the field holding a record of 2-1 for this season. In their last game, the Thundering Herd played the East Carolina Pirates and ended up losing by a score of 42-38. Rasheen Ali was the best rusher for the Thundering Herd with 24 totes for 189 yds (7.9 yards per carry). Grant Wells went 24/39 with 433 yards passing and 1 TD. He had a QB rating of 153.0 and ended the game with 2 interceptions. On the ground, the Thundering Herd conceded 176 yards on 39 attempts, which calculates to 4.5 yds per rush allowed. Marshall relinquished 31 pass completions on 50 attempts for 395 yards, and a completion rate of 62.0%. In all, they had 76 plays for 647 yds. The Marshall Thundering Herd ran the ball 36 different times and had 214 yards, which is an average of 5.9 yards per attempt.
When talking about getting in the endzone, the Marshall Thundering Herd are sitting at 43.7 points per contest. Offensively they're holding an average of 184.0 yards in the run game giving them a rank of 46th in Division 1. The Thundering Herd have tallied 1,811 total yards for the season. When it comes to distribution of touchdowns, Marshall has earned 5 passing touchdowns and 13 touchdowns via the ground. Marshall has accumulated 85 1st downs as a team, and they have been hurt by 19 penalties for 187 yards. They have turned the ball over 9 different times.
The Thundering Herd sit in 62nd in the country regarding team defense, conceding 19.7 PPG. They are giving up an average of 4.1 yards per rush on the ground and 194.7 yards on the ground per game so far this year. During this campaign, they have allowed 584 rushing yards through 3 contests. When it comes to passing yardage, the Thundering Herd are allowing 562 yds which has them sitting in 56th in the country. They are conceding 187.3 yards per game through the air as well as allowing a completion percentage of 51.1%. For the year, they have given up 382.0 yards per outing putting them 94th in Division 1.
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The Mountaineers head into this game 2-1 for this season. For their last game, the Mountaineers walked away with a victory by a final of 44-10 when they played the Elon Phoenix. Nate Noel ran the football 17 times for 73 yards, walking away from the game with 4.3 yards per carry for Appalachian State. Chase Brice (1 touchdown) ended the contest with 293 yards on 19/25 passing while his quarterback rate was 187.6. He didn't toss any interceptions and his average yards per pass attempt was 11.7. Appalachian State relinquished 27 rushing attempts for 66 yds (2.4 yards per rush). The Mountaineers pass defense conceded a completion percentage of 61.1%, relinquishing 225 yds on 22 for 36 passing. The Mountaineers finished the contest with a total of 528 yds on 67 plays (7.9 yds per play). Appalachian State rushed the football for 4.9 yds per attempt, finishing with 187 yards on 38 carries.
In relation to putting points on the board, the Mountaineers currently sit 50th in Division 1 scoring 33.3 points per game. For the year so far, the Mountaineers have thrown for 799 passing yards in addition to an average of 266.3 throwing yards per outing, which has them ranked 43rd in Division 1. The Appalachian State Mountaineers hold an average of 455.0 yards per contest, which has them sitting 31st in college football. The Appalachian State offense has racked up 145 penalty yds on 19 violations, which is 60th in the nation in terms of making mistakes.
The Mountaineers are conceding 18.0 PPG, which has them 51st in Division 1. Appalachian State has surrendered a total of 343 yards on the ground (114.3 yards per outing) in addition to 3 touchdowns via the rush on the season. This season, they have allowed 54 total points. They have conceded 2 touchdowns from the passing game in addition to 240.0 yards/outing, which has them sitting 103rd in the nation. The Mountaineers defense has been on the field for 202 plays, which has them ranked 77th in the country.
Who will win tonight's Thundering Herd/Mountaineers college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Thundering Herd +5.5
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