Free Week 1 Prediction: Keydets vs Thundering Herd Odds
Looking for VMI Keydets vs. Marshall Thundering Herd free picks? Week 1 betting sees the Keydets taking on the Thundering Herd Saturday August 31st at Joan C. Edwards Stadium, West Viriginia. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions like this VMI, Marshall free pick.
College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) VMI Keydets vs. Marshall Thundering Herd (0-0)
Date: Saturday, August 31st 2019
Time: 6:30 pm EST
Venue: Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, West Virginia
NCAA Football Spread: OFF
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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Marshall is coming off a 9-4 season while also finishing 6-2 in conference play.
Marshall also ended their season on a high not with winning their bowl game against South Florida 38-20.
The Keydets on the other hand are a different story. They finished 1-10 while going 0-8 in their conference. They are definitely one of the weaker FCS schools.
Expect the Thundering Herd to take care of business at home against this weak FCS opponent in their season opener.
The last time the Virginia Military Institute Keydets played Marshall they were three point dogs and lost 38-20.
One thing going for this ball club is they will have 19 off 22 starters returning.
Keydets have one of the best duos in their conference in Reece Udinski and Kris Thornton. Reece threw for over 3,000 yards his freshman season.
Their main problem is just simply…they are VMI. The Keydets have lost 22 straight conference games and have won only one game in the past two seasons, and that was against a Divion 2 program.
The line yet isn’t out for this game, but look for a Herd beat down in this matchup.
Marshall Thundering Herd
Marshall’s offense was able to produce over 500 yards of offense against the lowly Old Dominion defense last season on they’re turf, while they converted 6 of their 13 third down attempts.
Marshall’s fan base has come to expect their team to compete at a high level and always be in contention for the C-USA title, and this year is no different. Last season they just missed going to the title game. They had two loses in conference play but in both those loses their starting QB was out with an injury.
This season they have no power five schools on their schedule. They will still have to get through Boise State, Cincinnati and Ohio. They return this season with plenty of talent and will be one of the favorites to win their conference this year.
They finished 74th out 130 teams last season, averaging 28.2 points per game. Their defense was the story here ranking 27th out of 130 teams giving up 21.8 per game.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over was 9-4 last season for Marshall.
- Under only his 30.% last season for Marshall.
- Marshall 7-0 ATS more than 13 days rest
- Marshall 10-0 over after a SU win of 3 points or less
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
The line or total hasn’t come out yet on this matchup but I would 100% fade VMI if this line get out south of 25 I would pull the trigger on Marshall and lay the points.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Lean Marshall (when line comes out)
This shouldn’t be a close contest between the two. Expect Marshall to come out the gates flying and get to an early lead. Get the ground game going early than start to sling the ball down field the second half to make an early statement to the beggining of the season.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: VMI Keydets 10 – Marshall 52
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