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Thundering Herd vs Golden Hurricane Game Preview

Marshall Thundering HerdTulsa Golden Hurricane
6-3November 14, 2013, 07:30 | Chapman Stadium2-7

The visiting Thundering Herd hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at Chapman Stadium against the Golden Hurricane.

They bring a 2-7 record (1-8 ATS) to the Week 12 battle against the 6-3 Thundering Herd, who are 5-3-1 ATS against the spread. Over under bettors have seen Tulsa go 5-4 so far and the Thundering Herd go 4-5.

View Marshall Thundering Herd vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane Odds and Stats.

Fans backing the Golden Hurricane here saw them open at 5Dimes as 14.5-point underdogs in this college football clash. (Check back shortly for opening totals at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark as none was available at the time this preview was written.)

According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 97-rated Golden Hurricane and the No. 16-rated Thundering Herd in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 47-15 win for the Thundering Herd on Thursday.

Marshall was a 56-14 winner in its last match at home against UAB. They covered the 24.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 70 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. In their last game, Tulsa got a 120-yard performance from Trey Watts, but East Carolina prevailed 58-24.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tulsa's No. 106-ranked offense (20.56 PPG) against a Thundering Herd defense that ranks No. 25 at 20.89 PPG. The Golden Hurricane passing attack has averaged 211.33 yards per game, more than the Thundering Herd give up through the air (206.44 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Thundering Herd own the league's No. 80-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 194.25 yards per game when on the road. Tulsa, on the other hand, rates No. 72 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Thundering Herd at Golden Hurricane trends to consider:
Marshall is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Marshall's last 6 games
Marshall is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Marshall is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Tulsa is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games
Tulsa is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Tulsa is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Tulsa is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
Marshall at Florida International, Saturday, November 23rd
Tulsa at Louisiana Tech, Saturday, November 23rd