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Marshall favored by -10.5 against Middle Tennessee on Thursday

Marshall Thundering HerdMiddle Tennessee Blue Raiders
4-2October 24, 2013, 03:33 | Floyd Stadium3-4

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders host Marshall on Thursday, looking to build on their 2-5 ATS mark against the 4-2 Thundering Herd in NCAAF action at Floyd Stadium.

The Thundering Herd will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 3-2-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Blue Raiders are 2-5 ATS. Marshall is 1-5 on the totals; Middle Tennessee is 2-5.

View Marshall Thundering Herd vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Odds and Stats.

The home team opened as 10.5-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.

This game matches up the No. 100 (Blue Raiders) and the No. 50 (Thundering Herd) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAF Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 41-18 result in favor of the Thundering Herd is predicted by handicapping models.

Marshall was a 24-23 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Florida Atlantic. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (47) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Thundering Herd grabbed a Week 7 victory over the Owls in their last game, winning 24-23 at GEO Group Stadium. Last time we saw the Blue Raiders, they had no answer for $WinningRB as the Mean Green rolled to a 34-7 victory at Apogee Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Middle Tennessee's No. 99-ranked offense, averaging 22.57 PPG, against a Thundering Herd defense that ranks No. 15 this week at 18.33 PPG. The Blue Raiders aerial game is averaging 176.86 yards per game, less than the Thundering Herd secondary allows through the air, 180.33 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Thundering Herd own the league's No. 53-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 163 yards per game when on the road. Middle Tennessee, on the other hand, rates No. 95 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Thundering Herd at Blue Raiders trends to consider:
Marshall is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Marshall's last 8 games
Marshall is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Marshall is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Middle Tennessee is 5-10-1 ATS in its last 16 games
Middle Tennessee is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Middle Tennessee's last 8 games
Middle Tennessee is 3-10-1 ATS in its last 14 games at home

Next up:
Marshall at Southern Miss, Saturday, November 2nd
Middle Tennessee at UAB, Saturday, November 2nd