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College Football Handicapping: Week 3
(1-0) Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. Marshall Thundering Herd (1-0)
Date: Saturday, September 19th, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia
NCAA Football Spread: Appalachian State -4.5
NCAA Betting Total: O/U 59
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Marshall will hold host to another undefeated team in week 3 of the college football season as the Appalachian State Mountaineers come to town. Marshall blew out Eastern Kentucky putting up 59 points in the contest last week while Appalachian State pulled out a close against Charlotte 35-20.
Appalachian State Mountaineers
First-year head coach Shawn Clark has a lot on his shoulders now after being ranked after week 1. A loss here against a good Marshall team has the potential to knock them out of the standings, so look for there to be extra motivation in this one for coach Clark’s squad.
Zac Thomas had a sub-par game in his 2020 debut completing just 14 of 21 passes throwing for 204 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Offensively, the Mountaineers relied on their backfield in the first game as they had 308 rushing yards on the night. Marcus Williams Jr., Camerun Peoples, and Daetrich Harrington combined for 279 and four scores against Charlotte.
Defensively, Brennan Harrington and Shemar Jean-Charles led App State in production in their first game. Harrington grabbed his first interception of the year returning it for 46 yards and it helped lead to a score. Shemar Jean-Charles had four pass deflections against Charlotte and even had a key one late that helped turn the ball over on a fourth down.
Marshall Thundering Herd
The Thundering Herd absolutely blew the doors off Eastern Kentucky in their first game as true Freshman Quarter Grant Wells really shined. Marshall has a chance to slide into the top 25 with an upset at home here so look for Doc Holliday’s squad to be up for this one.
Who would have thought going into week three in the college football season that Marshall would have the highest-scoring offense in the country? Alas it true, the Herd put up 59 puts in their lone game of the season thanks to four touchdown passes from Grant Wells. Wells was a four-star QB prospect coming into college and Doc Holliday made him look like a five-star in his college debut. Wells threw for 307 yards and completed 16 of 24 passes en route to the victory.
On the defensive side of the ball, held Eastern Kentucky to 0 points in their opener as the defense was swarming. I don’t see that happening again as they are facing a much better App State team, but Marhsall really has some playmakers on this side of the ball. Tavante Beckett and Eli Neal both had eight tackles against Charlotte to lead the team.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Appalachian State is 7-0 SU in their last 7 games.
- Appalachian State is 7-0 SU in their last 7 games on the road.
- Appalachian State is 7-0 SU in their last 7 games against an opponent in the Conference USA conference.
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of Appalachian State’s last 8 games played in September.
- Marshall is 6-12 ATS in their last 18 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 12 of Marshall’s last 17 games.
- Marshall is 7-2 SU in their last 9 games.
- Marshall is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home.
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I think Marshall has a chance to win this game outright and find themselves ranked next week in AP top 25. Freshman QB Grant Wells was fantastic in his first game as his offense put up 59 points in the opener. I know it was against a much less experienced defense, but I think the Herd will be able to hang around this one and possibly steal it. Give me Thundering Herd to cover and sprinkle some on the Money line.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Marshall +5
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