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How and what to watch for Middle Tennessee vs. No. 16 Marshall

The Thundering Herd are undefeated in 2020, and

The Marshall Thundering Herd take the field prior to the college football game between the Florida Atlantic Owls and the Marshall Thundering Herd on October 24, 2020, at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, WV. Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

On Saturday afternoon the 2-5 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders head to West Virginia to try and knock off the undefeated 6-0 Marshall Thundering Herd in Huntington.

Marshall has been blowing out teams every week so far in 2020. They’ve won every game by at least two scores with a very balanced squad. The Thundering Herd defense is allowing just 252 yards per game this season, and the pass defense is elite having only allowed two opposing quarterbacks to throw for more than 250 yards, while holding rushers to a tiny 2.2 yards per carry. The defense as a whole has only allowed seven total touchdowns through six games, so it’s going to be tough for the Blue Raiders.

Marshall’s offense is averaging close to 40 points per outing, with a ground game that gets over 200 yards each week. Running back Brendan Knox leads with 674 yards rushing and nine scores on the season.

Middle Tennessee should have a tough time, as its weakness is Marshall’s biggest strength. The Blue Raiders give up nearly 250 yards on the ground each week. Their offense is OK, Marshall should have no issue making easy work of them.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Middle Tennessee vs. Marshall on Saturday, November 14th at 1:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network, or you can stream it via the CBS Sports app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Middle Tennessee vs. Marshall (-24)
Point Total: 55.5
Money line: Middle Tennessee +1200 vs. Marshall -3335

  • Middle Tennessee is 4-1 ATS in its last five
  • The total has gone over in four of Middle Tennessee’s last five
  • Marshall is 4-2 ATS in its last six
  • The total has gone over in six of Marshall’s last eight.

Betting splits

Middle Tennessee: (4% of handle, 19% percent of bets)
Marshall: (96% of handle, 81% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

The point total is probably the best chance to make some money. The Marshall O vs. the MTSU defense is a huge mismatch. Marshall should put up a lot of points, and Middle Tennessee will even add in a few.

Pick: Over 56.5

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