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Point spread favors Thundering Herd in battle with Pirates

East Carolina PiratesMarshall Thundering Herd
9-2November 29, 2013, 12:00 | Joan C. Edwards Stadium8-3

The Marshall Thundering Herd host East Carolina on Friday, looking to build on their 6-4-1 ATS mark against the 9-2 Pirates in NCAAF action at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

The Pirates will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 6-5 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Thundering Herd are 6-4-1 ATS. East Carolina is 7-4 against the total, while Marshall is 6-5 versus the number.

View East Carolina Pirates vs Marshall Thundering Herd Odds and Stats.

The Pirates were listed as 3-point underdogs on the opening NCAA football line at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark. No total was available early in the week.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 15-rated Thundering Herd and the No. 13-ranked Pirates, according to the NCAAF Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring models run on this game indicate a potential 50-48 result in favor of the Thundering Herd.

In their last action, East Carolina was a 42-28 winner on the road against North Carolina State. They covered the 5.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (70) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Vintavious Cooper went over the 100-yard mark (148) in his team's latest effort as East Carolina defeated North Carolina State by a score of 42-28 on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Marshall's No. 8-ranked offense (43.27 PPG) against a Pirates defense that ranks No. 32 at 22.09 PPG. The Thundering Herd passing attack has averaged 295.27 yards per game, more than the Pirates give up through the air (243.36 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Pirates feature the league's No. 5-rated road run defense, allowing 88.6 yards per game. Marshall, meanwhile, ranks No. 18 in rushing offense at home.

A few Pirates at Thundering Herd trends to consider:
East Carolina is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
East Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of East Carolina's last 6 games
East Carolina is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Marshall is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Marshall's last 5 games
Marshall is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Marshall is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home