Marshall Thundering Herd vs Navy Midshipmen Prediction, 9/4/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Marshall Thundering Herd vs Navy Midshipmen
Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021
Location: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD
Odds/Point Spread: Midshipmen (+2.5)
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is where the Navy Midshipmen (3-7 last year) will try to defeat the Marshall Thundering Herd (7-3 last season) on Saturday. Marshall is 2.5-point favorites. The total is 46.
The Marshall Thundering Herd wrapped up their year having earned a 7-3 record. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Thundering Herd went up against the Buffalo Bulls and took a loss by a final of 17-10. Grant Wells connected on 13/20 with 114 yards passing. He had a quarterback rating of 112.9 and ended the contest without throwing a pick. Sheldon Evans led the offense in rushing for the Thundering Herd with 18 carries for 79 yds (4.4 yds per attempt). In all, they tallied 59 plays which converted into 248 yards. The Marshall Thundering Herd rushed the ball a total of 37 times and accrued 134 yards, which came out to an average of 3.6 yds per attempt. Against the run, the Thundering Herd gave up 155 yds on 43 attempts, which is an average of 3.6 yards per run surrendered. Marshall allowed 16 completions on 27 tries for 140 yds, and a completion percentage of 59.3%.
Regarding scoring, the Marshall Thundering Herd had an average of 28.5 points per game. Offensively they maintained an average of 178.4 yards rushing, which was 51st in college football. The Thundering Herd tallied 3,913 total yards last season. Marshall compiled 19 touchdowns through the air and 18 touchdowns on the ground. Marshall compiled 221 1st downs offensively, and they were hurt by 60 infractions for 627 yards. They surrendered the ball 12 different times.
In terms of passing yardage, the Thundering Herd conceded 1,839 yds which ranked them 67th in college football. Over the course of their 10 games played last season, they gave up 183.9 yards per contest via the pass in addition to surrendering a completion percentage of 62.3%. They surrendered 279.4 yards per game ranking them 14th in D-1. They gave up 8 touchdowns through the air and 6 rushing touchdowns. They allowed teams to run for an average of 2.8 yards per tote and 95.5 yards on the ground per game last season. For the year, they gave up 955 rushing yards through 10 contests. The Thundering Herd were ranked 13th in D-1 concerning team defense, giving up 13.0 points per contest.
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The Midshipmen finished the season having earned a 3-7 record. For their last game, the Midshipmen took a loss by a final score of 15-0 against the Army Black Knights. Xavier Arline finished the game with 0 yards on 0/4 through the air while his QB rating was 0.0. He didn't toss any interceptions and his average yards per attempt was 0.0. Xavier Arline carried the rock 17 times for 109 yds, finishing the game with 6.4 yds per carry for Navy. Navy rushed for 3.1 yds per attempt, totaling 108 yards on 35 attempts. The Midshipmen finished the game with a total of 117 yds and they ran 42 plays (2.8 yards per play). The Midshipmen pass defense allowed a completion rate of 100.0%, relinquishing 28 yds on 1 out of 1 through the air. Navy allowed 53 rush attempts for 134 yards (2.5 yards per carry).
The Navy Midshipmen held an average of 275.1 yards per contest which had them ranked 126th in D-1. They gave away 4 picks while losing 7 fumbles and they earned 143 1st downs. They held an average of 177.7 yards per game on the ground and toted the ball for 1,777 yards in total. The Navy offense accrued 402 penalty yds on 44 infractions, which ranked them 84th in D-1 in terms of helping out the other team. For the previous season, the Midshipmen earned 974 yards through the air as well as averaging 97.4 throwing yards per game, which had them ranked 128th in the country. Regarding their scoring prowess, the Midshipmen sat 123rd in the nation holding an average of 16.6 points per game.
Navy allowed the opposition a total of 2,047 rushing yards (204.7 yards per game) as well as 23 touchdowns on the ground last year. Their defense compiled 6 fumbles and 3 picks in the prior season. They surrendered 11 touchdowns from the passing game and 180.8 yards per outing, which put them in 22nd in college football. The Midshipmen defense was on the field for 644 plays, which was good for 79th in the country. Over the course of the season, they relinquished 303 points in total. The Midshipmen conceded 30.3 points per game, ranking them 85th in college football.
Who will win tonight's Thundering Herd/Midshipmen college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Thundering Herd -2.5
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