Marshall Thundering Herd vs MTSU Blue Raiders Prediction, 10/2/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Marshall Thundering Herd vs MTSU Blue Raiders
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021
Location: Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium in Murfreesboro, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Raiders (+10.5)
Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium is the site where the MTSU Blue Raiders (1-3) will play the Marshall Thundering Herd (2-2) on Saturday. Marshall opens this game as 10.5-point favorites from oddsmakers. The betting total is set at 64.5.
The Marshall Thundering Herd come into this game with a record of 2-2 this season. The last time they took the field, the Thundering Herd stepped onto the field against the Appalachian State Mountaineers and went home with a loss by a final score of 31-30. Rasheen Ali was the rushing leader for the Thundering Herd with 17 carries for 83 yds (4.9 yds per attempt). Grant Wells finished 18/33 with 270 yards through the air and 1 TD. He had a quarterback rating of 133.3 and walked away from the contest without throwing a pick. Against the rush, the Thundering Herd conceded 283 yds on 54 attempts, which is 5.2 yds per run allowed. Marshall surrendered 24 pass completions on 39 attempts for 283 yards, and a completion percentage of 61.5%. On the day, they ran 61 plays which converted into 397 yds. The Marshall Thundering Herd ran the ball a total of 28 different times and compiled 127 yds, which had them averaging 4.5 yds per carry.
When talking about scoring points, the Marshall Thundering Herd are averaging 40.3 points per contest. Offensively they're holding an average of 169.8 yards in the run game which is 56th in college football. The Thundering Herd have attained 2,208 total yards over the course of this season. When it comes to getting the ball in the endzone, Marshall has amassed 6 touchdowns via the pass and 14 touchdowns via the ground. Marshall has accrued 105 1st downs as a team, and they have been flagged for 27 penalties for 257 yds. They have turned the football over 9 different times.
When it comes to passing yardage, the Thundering Herd have given up 845 yds which ranks them 72nd in the country. They have conceded 211.3 yards per game via the pass in addition to conceding a completion percentage of 53.9%. In total, they are giving up 425.5 yards per contest ranking them 115th in Division 1. They have allowed 5 touchdowns through the air as well as 7 touchdowns via the ground game. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.4 yards per attempt on the ground and 214.3 yards on the ground per game so far this season. Over the course of this season, they have allowed 857 yards via the running game in 4 games. The Thundering Herd are ranked 73rd in the nation in terms of team defense, allowing 22.5 PPG.
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The Blue Raiders head into this matchup 1-3 this year. In their last game, the Blue Raiders took a defeat with a final score of 42-39 against the Charlotte 49ers. Chase Cunningham (5 TDs) walked away from the contest with 379 yds on 28/40 through the air while his quarterback rate was 190.8. He didn't toss any interceptions and his average yards per attempt was 9.5. Chase Cunningham ran the football 9 times for 65 yds, ending the game with 7.2 yds per attempt for MTSU. MTSU rushed for 5.3 yds per carry, finishing with a total of 123 yards on 23 attempts. The Blue Raiders finished the contest with a total of 502 yards and they ran 63 plays (8.0 yards per play). The Blue Raiders pass defense conceded a completion rate of 69.4%, relinquishing 339 yards on 25 out of 36 through the air. MTSU relinquished 37 run attempts for 233 yards (6.3 yds per rush).
Regarding putting points on the board, the Blue Raiders rank 68th in college football with an average of 29.0 points per contest. For the season to this point, the Blue Raiders currently have a total of 1,101 passing yards together with holding an average of 275.3 throwing yards per contest, putting them at 35th in Division 1. The MTSU Blue Raiders average 348.5 yards/game, which is good for 100th in the country. The MTSU offense has 240 yards of penalties on 28 violations, which has them sitting 39th in the country in terms of helping out the other team.
MTSU has surrendered a total of 720 rushing yards (180.0 yards/game) as well as 7 touchdowns rushing so far this season. They have given up 8 touchdowns through the air in addition to 240.3 yards per game, ranking them 100th in the nation. The Blue Raiders defense has been on the field for 309 plays, which is good for 131st in the country. The Blue Raiders are conceding 29.8 points per game, which has them 111th in college football. This year, they have relinquished 119 points.
Who will win tonight's Thundering Herd/Blue Raiders college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Thundering Herd -10.5
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