Florida International Golden Panthers vs. Marshall Thundering Herd
The Marshall Thundering Herd take on the Florida International Panthers in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg. The Panthers are -4.5 point favorites over the Thundering Herd with an over/under point total set at 50.
The Marshall Thundering Herd needed to win three of their last four games to become bowl eligible as it took Doc Holliday’s team overtime in their final game to cement their spot in the post season. Rakeem Cato completed 58.5 percent of his passes this year for 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Tron Martinez rushed for 591 yards and three touchdowns and Travon Van rushed for 529 yards and three touchdowns. Aaron Dobson has 42 catches and 10 touchdowns, Antavious Wilson has 29 catches, and Troy Evans has 24 catches. Defensively Marshall has 25 sacks, 14 interceptions, and 14 fumble recoveries for a plus two turnover ratio. The Thundering Herd defense allows 30.2 points and 417.8 yards per game. Omar Brown has 107 tackles, George Carpenter has 91 tackles, and Vinny Curry has 11 sacks. It doesn’t always look pretty but for the most part Marshall has gotten it done this year.
The FIU Panthers find themselves in a bowl game for the second year in a row as Mario Cristobal’s team overcame some injuries during the year to finish with eight wins. Wesley Carroll completed 59.7 percent of his passes for 14 touchdowns and four interceptions. Kedrick Rhodes averaged 5.0 yards per carry for 1,121 yards and eight touchdowns and Darriet Perry scored six touchdowns. T.Y. Hilton is the Panther’s best player with 64 catches and seven touchdowns and Wayne Times has 51 catches and two touchdowns. The FIU defense has 14 interceptions, 34 sacks, and 6 fumble recoveries and a plus five turnover ratio. Florida International allows 19.4 points and 347.6 yards per game. Winston Fraser had 107 tackles, Jonathan Cyprien had 74 tackles, and Greg Hickman had five sacks. FIU took some tough losses as well this year and could have had an even better record.
Marshall is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven bowl games and 7-1 against the spread in their last eight December games. FIU is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games as a favorite and 4-1 against the spread in their last five games following a cover.
The total in this one is set at 50 and I don’t see enough scoring to even come close to going over so for my pick I will go with the under.