Free Week 11 Prediction: Blue Raiders vs Thundering Herd Odds
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(6-3) Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Marshall Thundering Herd (2-7)
Date: Saturday, November 12th
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Venue: Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia
NCAA Football Spread: Middle Tennessee -9.5
NCAA Betting Total: 60.0
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The Blue Raiders will be trying to maintain the successes of this season after the loss of their starting quarterback for the season.
The Thundering Herd are hoping to salvage something from what largely has been a very disappointing season.
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Brent Stockstill was in the midst of a spectacular season before last Saturday when his season ended with a broken collarbone.
The Blue Raiders will now turn to redshirt freshman John Urzua to save what has been a very good season. Urzua and the Blue Raider offense will get one of their conference’s worst defenses in their first game to try to find some rhythm together.
Middle Tennessee will rely on the great offenses pair of running back I’Tavius Mathers and wide receiver Richie James to make Urzua’s job easier.
Everything was going great for the Blue Raiders with Stockstill at the helm so it is important confidence doesn’t get lost with his loss as this defense is still capable of big things.
Particularly, Mathers and the Blue Raider defense will both have to step up to ease them through the loss of Stockstill. Expect a heavy dose of the ground game on Saturday – which could work out well as Marshall’s run defense is allowing 208 yards per game.
Marshall Thundering Herd
Marshall was expected by some to be competitive in Conference USA this season but that has been far from the case.
The Thundering Herd are 1-4 in the conference and 2-7 overall. The offense has underperformed but has gotten no help from the defense that is allowing 35 points per game.
At quarterback, Chase Litton has been pretty solid but has been under heavy pressure which has led to him being sacked 20 times while throwing 7 interceptions and only completing 62 percent of his passes.
Protecting Litton hasn’t been the offense’s only problem. They are only averaging 3.2 yards per carry on the ground.
Defensively, Marshall has struggled against both the pass and the run.
They should be expecting a heavy rushing attack from Middle Tennessee with the young quarterback but can’t be surprised if the Blue Raiders continue their balanced offensive attack even with a different quarterback at the helm.
Their weak offensive line may not be too troublesome against Middle Tennessee that is only averaging 2.2 sacks per game and is allowing 4.3 yards per rush.
Also, expect Marshall to run the football more frequently as the Middle Tennessee rush defense has struggled lately – giving up 276 rushing yards per game in the last three games.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 14-3 in Marshall’s last 17 conference games.
- Under is 8-3 in Marshall’s last 11 home games.
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There are few trends that apply to Middle Tennessee as they will be without their quarterback. So, expect them to focus on the run game and that will contribute to this game going under as both teams will run the clock.
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The absence of Stockstill will certainly be felt by the Blue Raiders but Mathers should be able to do enough to help them get the win. It won’t be convincingly though.
Week 11 Free Score Prediction: Middle Tennessee 31 – Marshall 23
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