Marshall Thundering Herd (3-2) vs Old Dominion Monarchs (1-5)Date : 10/13/2018
Time : 3:30 pm EST
Location : to S.B.Ballard Stadium, Norfolk, Virginia
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Marshall Thundering Herd vs Old Dominion Monarchs
The Marshall Thundering Herd will travel to S.B.Ballard Stadium in Norfolk, Virginia, to battle the Monarchs of Old Dominion University on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 pm EST. The Thundering Herd suffered the 34-24 home loss to the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders last weekend as they were outscored 24-7 in the second half after being down 17-13 at the half. The Old Dominion Monarchs also suffered a loss on the road to the Florida Atlantic Owls by a 52-33 score as they allowed 266 yards on the ground to the Owls while also giving up 336 yards in the air in their second straight loss after beating the Hokies of Virginia Tech at home on September 22, 2018. The last time these teams met was on October 14, 2017 when the Thundering Herd picked up the 35-3 home win to where they covered as 12.5 favorites while the under was the play with the total being set at 48.5 points for the game. The under is 4-0 in the last four games amongst these teams while the favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last four games overall.
Marshall Thundering Herd 's Latest Performance :
Marshall took a seven-point lead into the half with Alex Thomson throwing a TD to Armani Levias along with Anthony Anderson scoring on a one-yard run; However, they were outscored 24-7 in the second half as they only mustered a late Thomson touchdown pass with two minutes remaining in the game. Middle Tennessee capitalize off three turnovers by the Thundering Hurd while taking advantage of Marshall’s 113th ranked pass defense in passing for 317 yards for the game with QB Brent Stockstill throwing for two touchdowns in the win. Thomson ended with 179 yards, 2 TD’s along with an interception while the rushing attack for Marshall put up 209 yards as Tyler King ended with 165 yards on the day. In all, fumbles killed Marshall in the second half as they will certainly need to take advantage of their opportunities against ODU in which to get back on track.
Old Dominion Monarchs 's Latest Performance :
Old Dominion simply could not recover from a terrible first half to where they only put seven points on the board while its defense allowed 26 points as they lost their second straight outing last Saturday. The Monarchs would, however, put up over 500 total yards for the game with the rushing attack led by Kesean Strong leading the way with 99 yards and three touchdowns for the contest. Also, Blake Larussa passed for 390 yards, two TD’s, and two picks in the loss as Travis Fulgham and Jonathan Duhart combing for 251 yards on 18 catches and a TD. And while the Monarchs had an effective day offensively, tehri defense was horrible in allowing the Owls a total of 605 yards in he contest as their 116th ranked rush defense allowed 266 yards on the ground as Devin Singletary had 168 yards rushing along with two touchdowns on the day. The pass defenses were just as dismal as Chris Robinson passed for 339 yards and two scores. Old Dominion has allowed at least 28 points to their opponents in each of their games this year.
How Marshall Thundering Herd & Old Dominion Monarchs Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Marshall is 1-4 ATS while the OU is 3-2
Old Dominion is 2-4 ATS while the OU is 5-1
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Both teams are going through a rough patch at this point in the season with Marshall losing two of their last three games while ODU also dropping two of three. And while the Monarchs’ losses haven’t been close at all, Marshall stayed in each of their last two losses yet lost their footing late in the game. With that being said, look for this game to be a competitive matchup as both teams know that they need some confidence moving forwards and what better way in which to do this than match up with an opponent that is struggling just as much, if not more. Marshall needs to establish themselves early at the line of scrimmage while ODU needs to better utilize their passing attack which has much potential.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Old Dominion +4
My reason for the pick :
Look for the Monarchs to keep this game close as Marshall has struggled in defending the pass this year while the Monarchs are ranked 20th in the nation in averaging 304 yards per game in their passing attack. Again, four points is simply too much for a Thundering Herd team on the road that tends to give up too many big plays. It is for this reason that I will look to the Monarchs to not only win, but, also have a chance to pull out the outright victory as well.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over 59
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the over in this contest as both teams are known give up points either in the passing game or via the opponents rushing attack. In fact, ODU is allowing 38.7 points per game while Marshall is allowing its opponents to put up 26 points per outing. With that being the case, look for both teams to have numerous scoring opportunities in this matchup while the total of 59 points will certainly be surpassed rather quickly.
Betting trends for Marshall Thundering Herd :
- Thundering Herd are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Under is 4-0 in Thundering Herd last 4 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Thundering Herd are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games on fieldturf.
Betting trends for Old Dominion Monarchs :
- Monarchs are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 conference games.
- Over is 5-0 in Monarchs last 5 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
- Over is 4-0 in Monarchs last 4 games overall.