Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Marshall Thundering Herd Prediction, 11/27/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Marshall Thundering Herd
Date: Saturday, November 27, 2021
Location: Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, WV
Odds/Point Spread: Thundering Herd (-1)
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (7-4) are headed to Joan C. Edwards Stadium on Saturday where they will meet the Marshall Thundering Herd (7-4). Marshall opens as 1-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under is set at 75.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers come into this matchup with a record of 7-4 for this season. In their last game, the Hilltoppers took on the Florida Atlantic Owls and earned the victory with a final of 52-17. Bailey Zappe connected on 39/49 with 470 yds through the air and 6 touchdowns. He had a QB rate of 192.4 and finished the game with 2 picks. Noah Whittington led the offense in rushing for the Hilltoppers with 9 carries for 46 yds (5.1 yards per carry). In all, they ran 78 plays which gave them 608 yards. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers ended up running the ball 26 times and accrued 100 yds, earning them an average of 3.8 yards per tote. When it came to the battle of the line of scrimmage, the Hilltoppers gave up 25 yards on 26 attempts, which averages out to 1.0 yds per rush allowed. Western Kentucky conceded 25 pass completions on 43 attempts for a total of 276 yards, and a completion rate of 58.1%.
The Hilltoppers have earned 5,816 total yards for the year. When it comes to distribution of touchdowns, Western Kentucky has earned 50 passing touchdowns and 10 touchdowns on the ground. They have surrendered the ball 17 times. Western Kentucky has a total of 308 1st downs as a unit, and they have been hurt by 83 infractions for 658 yds. As a team they hold an average of 97.4 yards in the run game ranking them 123rd in the country. When talking about putting the ball in the endzone, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are sitting at 42.4 PPG.
The Hilltoppers are ranked 90th in college football concerning their opponents scoring, giving up 27.5 points per game. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.9 yards per rushing attempt and 152.5 rushing yards per game so far this year. In total, they have given up 1,678 yards via the ground game in 11 outings. When it comes to yards via the pass, the Hilltoppers have given up 2,933 yards which has them sitting in 125th in college football. They have conceded 266.6 yards per outing via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 60.1%. Over the course of this season, they have surrendered 419.2 yards/contest which ranks them 107th in the nation. They have granted 15 touchdowns through the air as well as 21 touchdowns on the ground.
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The Thundering Herd head into this matchup 7-4 this year. The last time they took the field, the Thundering Herd walked away with a victory by a final of 49-28 against the Charlotte 49ers. Grant Wells (2 TDs) finished the contest with 267 yds on 21/28 through the air while his QB rate was 178.7. He didn't toss any picks and his average yards per attempt was 9.5. Rasheen Ali carried the football 23 times for 203 yds, finishing the game with 8.8 yds per attempt for Marshall. Marshall rushed for 7.3 yards per tote, totaling 321 yards on 44 carries. The Thundering Herd finished the game with a total of 588 yds and they ran 72 plays (8.2 yds per play). The Thundering Herd pass defense gave up a completion percentage of 61.0%, surrendering 245 yards on 25 for 41 passing. Marshall gave up 32 attempts on the ground for 119 yds (3.7 yds per rush).
In terms of their ability to score points, the Thundering Herd are sitting 24th in the country averaging 35.2 points per outing. Over the course of the season to this point, the Thundering Herd have compiled 3,532 passing yards in addition to an average of 321.1 passing yards per contest, which has them sitting 11th in the country. The Marshall Thundering Herd have an average of 484.4 yards/contest, which is good for 9th in the nation. The Marshall offense has 630 penalty yds on 72 violations, which has them sitting 51st in the nation in terms of making mistakes.
Marshall has allowed the opposition a total of 2,109 yards on the ground (191.7 yards per outing) and 15 touchdowns via the rush for the season. They have surrendered 13 touchdowns from the passing game in addition to 187.5 yards/game, ranking them 29th in D-1. The Thundering Herd defense has taken part in 837 plays, which ranks 134th in college football. The Thundering Herd are surrendering 20.0 PPG, ranking them 33rd in the country. Over the course of the season, they have surrendered 220 total points.
Who will win tonight's Hilltoppers/Thundering Herd college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Thundering Herd -1
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