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Golden Panthers host Thundering Herd in Week 13 action

Marshall Thundering HerdFlorida International Golden Panthers
7-3November 23, 2013, 06:00 | FIU Stadium1-9

The Thundering Herd will be looking to pick up a win and cover the spread when they take on the Golden Panthers in Florida International at FIU Stadium on Saturday in Week 13 action.

The Thundering Herd will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 5-4-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Golden Panthers are 3-7 ATS. Marshall is 5-5 on the totals; Florida International is 3-7.

View Marshall Thundering Herd vs Florida International Golden Panthers Odds and Stats.

The home team opened as 33-point underdogs in this NCAA football battle at 5Dimes. No over under line was available early in the week, but was set to posted shortly.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Golden Panthers at No. 124 and the Thundering Herd at No. 13 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 45-1 result in favor of the Thundering Herd.

Marshall won its last outing, a 45-34 result against Tulsa on November 14. Marshall failed to cover in that game as a 13.5-point favorite, while the 79 combined points took the game OVER the total. In Marshall's last outing, Rakeem Cato threw for 456 yards to lead the Thundering Herd over Tulsa 45-34 at Chapman Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Florida International's No. 124-ranked offense, averaging 10.1 PPG, against a Thundering Herd defense that ranks No. 29 this week at 22.2 PPG. The Golden Panthers aerial game is averaging 145.7 yards per game, less than the Thundering Herd secondary allows through the air, 201.9 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Thundering Herd own the league's No. 75-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 192.2 yards per game when on the road. Florida International, on the other hand, rates No. 123 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Thundering Herd at Golden Panthers trends to consider:
Marshall is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Marshall's last 5 games
Marshall is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Marshall is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Florida International is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games
Florida International is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Florida International's last 5 games
Florida International is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
Marshall home to East Carolina, Friday, November 29th
Florida International at Florida Atlantic, Saturday, November 30th