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Marshall Betting Odds Preview

The Thundering Herd went through a complete turnaround last season. The Herd doubled their win total and claimed the Conference USA East Division before their run was ended by Rice in the conference championship game. Marshall also won the Military Bowl and with 14 starters returning they should have their sights set even higher this season.

The Herd boasted the top offense in Conference USA last season, scoring 42.1 points per game (eighth best in the nation) and averaging just over 500 yards per game. Quarterback Rakeem Cato returns after a massive season in which he passed for 39 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Cato should continue to terrorize opposing defenses, especially with wideout Tommy Shuler still in the fold. Shuler caught over 100 passes for the second consecutive season last year and also found the end zone 10 times.

Marshall Odds to Win C-USA: -400 at 5Dimes
Marshall Odds to Win College Football Championship: +40000 at 5Dimes
Marshall Betting Props: Rakeem Cato to Win Heisman 75/1 at Bovada

Marshall’s defense was the fifth ranked D in the conference last season which was a major improvement on the previous season. In 2012 the Thundering Herd defense was roasted repeatedly and gave up 43.1 points per game. Last season they shrunk that down to 22.9 points per game. With seven starters returning that stat could continue to drop this season.

Helping that defensive improvement along will be what looks like a pretty easy schedule. The Herd have five games against teams that won three games or less last season and they only have five games versus teams that posted a winning record last season. The Herd also has three revenge games on tap against teams that beat them last year, which includes a championship game rematch against Rice.

Marshall filled bettors' wallets at home last season with a 6-0 ATS record, but they were big losers on the road at 2-5-1 ATS.

C-USA Championship Odds at 5Dimes as of August 15

Marshall -400
UTSA +800
Rice +900
North Texas +1500
Middle Tennessee +1800
Louisiana Tech +5000
Florida Atlantic +5000
Western Kentucky +6600
Old Dominion +7500
Southern Miss +8500
UAB +10000
UTEP +11000
Florida International +12500