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Thundering Herd vs Pirates Game Preview

Marshall Thundering HerdEast Carolina Pirates
Nov 23, 2:00 PM | Grass of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium

Marshall Thundering Herd vs East Carolina Pirates Odds

5-6TEAM RECORD7-4

Week 13 action on Friday will see the Pirates looking to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Thundering Herd visit Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

The Thundering Herd will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 3-7-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Pirates are 6-5 ATS. Marshall is 8-2 against the total, while East Carolina is 5-5 versus the number.

View Marshall vs East Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: On the opening line for this matchup, the Pirates sat as 4-point favorites, according to 5Dimes. The total, meanwhile, was a whopping 72 at BetOnline earlier this week (check out the latest lines).

Power Rankings / Prediction: According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 81-rated Pirates and the No. 76-rated Thundering Herd in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 34-32 win for the Pirates on Friday.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up East Carolina's No. 67-ranked offense (28.2 PPG) against a Thundering Herd defense that ranks No. 120 at 41.1 PPG. The Pirates passing attack has averaged 257.6 yards per game, more than the Thundering Herd give up through the air (236.6 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Thundering Herd own the league's No. 112-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 241.2 yards per game when on the road. East Carolina, on the other hand, rates No. 75 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Marshall was a 44-41 winner in their most recent outing at home against Houston. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (85) made winners of OVER bettors. In their last game, Marshall's aerial attack generated 377 yards and the Thundering Herd came away with a 44-41 victory over Houston at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

East Carolina won its last outing, a 28-23 result against Tulane on November 17. East Carolina failed to cover in that game as a 10-point favorite, while the 51 combined points took the game UNDER the total. In their last game, the Pirates were Week 12 winners, coming out on top of the Green Wave by a score of 28-23.

Marshall Thundering Herd Trends:
When playing in November are 7-3
When playing on grass are 0-10
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When playing within the conference are 6-4

East Carolina Pirates Trends:
When playing in November are 4-6
When playing on grass are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When playing within the conference are 7-3

A few Thundering Herd at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Marshall's last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Marshall's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Marshall's last 5 games when playing East Carolina
Marshall is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing East Carolina
East Carolina is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
East Carolina is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of East Carolina's last 5 games when playing Marshall
East Carolina is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Marshall