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Marshall vs. East Carolina Free Week 8 Preview & Pick (Oct. 23)

NCAA Football Odds – Marshall Thundering Herd vs ECU Pirates Free Pick & Preview

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Marshall Thundering Herd vs. East Carolina Pirates

Saturday October 23 – 4:15PM
Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium – Greenville, North Carolina
Marshall (1-5) vs. East Carolina (4-2)
Moneyline: East Carolina -490, Marshall +390
Spread Favourite: ECU -12.5
Over/Under: 62
(Odds courtesy of BetUS) – BET NOW!!!

Marshall

The Thundering Herd have gone from being a snakebitten team to just a bad one as the season has progressed.  They have lost their last two games by 21 and 25 points respectively and are facing the hottest team in the conference in East Carolina this week.  This is the first year for coach Doc Holliday and I am afraid the only hope for another victory is a home game against Memphis next month.

It is easy to see why Marshall keeps losing.  They are giving up gobs of points, 35+ to be exact, good for 107th in the nation.  Pair that with an unimaginative offense devoid of any real playmakers and you have a recipe for a losing football club.  The lone bright spot is rush linebacker Mario Harvey who with 4 sacks already is likely to eclipse last year’s total of 7.  Against ECU he should have lots of chances to rush the passer.

Marshall has lost the last two to East Carolina but both were close low scoring games.  It is going to be tough for the Thundering Herd to keep the points off the board this year now that East Carolina has gone to the spread offense that is so in fashion these days.  Maybe a shootout is just what they need to open things up, if they can keep pace.

East Carolina

Well the Pirates have done it again. It seems that every year they have a nice upset victory and this year it was dumping a surprisingly good NC State team last week.  ECU always plays a tough schedule and their 4-2 record includes a perfect 3-0 record in the conference – their only two losses are to North Carolina and Virginia Tech.  No shame there.

It is amazing how well the Pirates have taken to the spread offense considering the new coaches and personnel on the team.  Led by former BC QB Dominique Davis they are ninth in the nation in passing offense and their ability to put points on the board now rivals conference mates like Houston, SMU and UTEP.  While their offense has been off the charts good their D has been equally bad.  Four times in six games they have given up more than 40 points – although they did win two of those.  Facing Marshall their defense should get a bit of a reprieve.

ECU needs to be careful they don’t let up this week facing an inferior opponent like Marshall.   They know they have UCF on the schedule next week and the Knights are nipping at their heels in the division.  That is a road game but the Pirates need to take care of business at home this week first.  New coach Ruffin McNeil seems to have their attention so I think they will have the necessary focus.

The Pick: ECU shouldn’t have any problems piling up yardage and points against the Thundering Herd defense.  Their own will give up a few but not enough to be concerned.

College Football Gambling Trends

Thundering Herd are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game.
Thundering Herd are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on grass.
Thundering Herd are 16-33-2 ATS in their last 51 road games.
Pirates are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games.
Pirates are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Pirates are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games as a home favorite of 10.5 or greater.

Score Prediction:  ECU 45 – Marshall 20

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