Free Week 9 Prediction: Panthers vs Thundering Herd Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 9
(4-2) FIU Panthers vs. Marshall Thundering Herd (6-1)
Date: Saturday, October 28th
Time: 2:30 pm EST
Venue: Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, West Virginia
NCAA Football Spread: Marshall -16
NCAA Betting Total: 46
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The FIU Panthers are slowly stepping into the College Football world as they are becoming a legit team in the Conference-USA.
As for the Thundering Herd of Marshall, they will be looking for their seventh win on the season.
Florida International isn’t a huge name in college football but this season, they’ve been playing pretty good football. In fact, the Panthers are 2–1 in conference and could potentially be bowl eligible by the time the season ends.
Unfortunately, the Panthers offense isn’t exactly high powered, their success mostly coming from a solid defensive effort.
In their four wins this year, the defense is allowing just 14 points per game, highlighted by a game against Rice where they only allowed seven points.
Last week, the Panthers scored their biggest win of the season by beating a team from a sort-of power conference Tulane.
In the game, FIU held Tulane to just 10 points and never trailed. However, if the team gets down early in games, their offense could have a tough time fighting back.
Of 14 teams in Conference-USA, the Panthers rank 11th (out of 14 conference teams) in total yards and are averaging less than 20 points per game.
Injury-wise, the Panthers have a clean bill of health.
Marshall Thundering Herd
The Marshall Thundering Herd are playing really good football this year and are on the verge of a national ranking.
They currently have a 6–1 record; their only loss came against NC State — currently ranked #14 in the country. Since that loss, the Herd have reeled off five consecutive wins, including one against Cincinnati, a team who should be considered a big-time program.
Like FIU, Marshall relies on a very solid defense to pad their success. However, the Herd’s defense is VERY good.
They currently are a Top-10 defense in the entire country and are the best in Conference-USA. As of Monday night, Marshall has allowed the least points in the conference, along with the second-most sacks and second-least yards allowed.
Not only is the defensive front superb, but the offensive front is equally impressive. Overall, the offensive line has allowed only three sacks, by far the least in all of college football.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Golden Panthers are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Golden Panthers are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win.
- Thundering Herd are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Thundering Herd are 16-3-2 ATS in their last 21 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Thundering Herd are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
Free Week 9 NCAA Football Pick
FIU may be on the rise, but they rely too much on their defense.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Marshall-16
The Thundering Herd has an offense they can rely on as they will surprise the Golden Panthers defense Saturday.
Week 9 Free Score Prediction: FIU 17 – Marshall 41
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