Marshall Thundering Herd vs. Southern Miss. Golden Eagles
The Marshall Thundering Herd and the Southern Miss Golden Eagles meet for a week two college football match up in Huntington. The Golden Eagles are -7.5 point favorites over the Thundering Herd with an over/under point total set at 53.
The Marshall Thundering Herd didn’t get to finish their opening game against in state rival West Virginia as lightning storms in Morgantown put a halt to the game but more than likely, the game had already been settled. Marshall fought the good fight early with a punt return for a touchdown by Andre Booker and some exciting running by Tron Martinez but they were overmatched by the Mountaineers and when WVU got a chance to regroup during the delays, the difference was becoming clearer by the minute. There were a lot of questions about Marshall coming into that game and into the season and a lot of the questions were answered despite the loss. Freshman Rakeem Cato got the start at QB and he looked solid going 15 of 21 but as expected he had a few over throws but didn’t throw a pick. The Marshall defense played tough for the most part but were finally just outmanned and they let the Mountaineers off the hook too many times to pull the upset on the road. The Thundering Herd play their first home game this week.
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles got a win in their opening game against Louisiana Tech but while a win is a win, it was hardly the type of game head Coach Larry Fedora had hoped for. Southern Miss needed a late rally and two field goals to nip La Tech by two points as the offense was disappointing for the most part. With Austin Davis back at QB there was no questions about leadership or ability but he was 21 of 37 for just 226 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. It isn’t like Davis doesn’t have plenty of talented players to work with but Kendrick Hardy was held to 33 rushing yards while Desmond Johnson ran for 51 on 13 carries. Senior Ryan Balentine had six catches for 80 yards to lead all receivers. Defensively the Golden Eagles allowed 244 yards with 68 of those coming on the ground against them. This defense is a nice mix of younger and more experienced talent and with leaders like Cordarro Law and Korey Williams they should be tough all year.
Marshall is 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six games overall, 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five conference games, and 12-5 against the spread in their last 17 games as a home underdog. Southern Miss is 11-4 against the spread in their last 15 as a road favorite, 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 conference games, and 4-1 against the spread following their last five games which they didn’t cover. The favorite has covered the spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
Despite what they showed in their opener Southern Miss is the better team but laying over a touchdown on the road in a conference game is never a great play unless the edge is large and I’m not seeing that kind of edge here.
Marshall Thundering Herd +7.5 Southern Miss. Golden Eagles