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Thundering Herd take on Cougars in Week 8 contest

Marshall Thundering HerdHouston Cougars
Oct 22, 4:30 PM | Grass of John O`Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium

Marshall Thundering Herd vs Houston Cougars Odds

3-4TEAM RECORD6-0

The Cougars will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Thundering Herd at John O`Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium in Week 8 action.

The Thundering Herd will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 5-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Cougars are 4-2 ATS. Marshall is 1-6 on the totals; Houston is 4-2.

View Marshall vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: The visitors opened as 20.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked here at OddsShark. No total had been posted as yet, check the live lines pages in the coming days to see where the number opened.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The game pits the Cougars, currently No. 48 in our OddsShark NCAAF Power Rankings, against the Thundering Herd, who rate No. 92 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and handicapping models run on this game predict a 52-17 victory for the Cougars.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Houston's No. 4-ranked offense (47 PPG) against a Thundering Herd defense that ranks No. 54 at 25.3 PPG. The Cougars passing attack has averaged 435.5 yards per game, more than the Thundering Herd give up through the air (229.1 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Thundering Herd feature the league's No. 53-rated road run defense, allowing 156 yards per game. Houston, meanwhile, ranks No. 44 in rushing offense at home.

Marshall was a 24-20 winner in their most recent outing at home against Rice. They failed to cover the 5–point spread as favorites, while the total score (44) made winners of UNDER bettors.

Houston was a 56-3 winner in its last match at home against East Carolina. They covered the 11–point spread as favorites, while the total score of 59 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Marshall Thundering Herd Trends:
When playing in October are 5-5
When playing on grass are 0-10
After being outgained are 6-4
When playing within the conference are 6-4

Houston Cougars Trends:
When playing in October are 7-3
When playing on grass are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When playing within the conference are 6-4

A few Thundering Herd at Cougars trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Marshall's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Marshall's last 7 games on the road
Marshall is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Houston is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games

Next up:
Marshall home to UAB, Saturday, October 29
Houston home to Rice, Thursday, October 27

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