Through 3 Quarters

The Marshall Thundering Herd were the heavy favorites here for a reason. Three quarters in and their offense has really been able to impose its will, dominating the Middle Tenn. Blue Raiders 42-14 three quarters in.

Marshall has been led by QB Grant Wells, who so far has passed for five TDs and 336 yards on 35 attempts. The squad has gotten extra help from defensive menace S Nazeeh Johnson and his nine tackles.

Middle Tenn. has been riding high on the performance of QB Asher O'Hara, who has passed for one TD and 238 yards on 41 attempts in addition to rushing for one TD and 39 yards.

Halftime deficits have spelled doom for the Blue Raiders, who haves lost 83% of the games in which they were down going into the the fourth quarter.

Who's Playing

Middle Tenn. @ No. 16 Marshall

Current Records: Middle Tenn. 2-5; Marshall 6-0

What to Know

The Middle Tenn. Blue Raiders need to shore up a defense that is allowing 37.14 points per matchup before their game Saturday. They will take on the Marshall Thundering Herd at noon ET at Joan C. Edwards Stadium after a week off. The Blue Raiders will be hoping to continue their now three-game streak of scoring more points each contest than the last.

It may have taken double overtime to finish the job, but Middle Tenn. ultimately got the result they were hoping for three weeks ago with a 40-34 win over the Rice Owls.

Meanwhile, Marshall ran circles around the Massachusetts Minutemen last week, and the extra yardage (495 yards vs. 190 yards) paid off. Marshall steamrolled past UMass 51-10 at home. The matchup was all but wrapped up at the end of the third, by which point Marshall had established a 44-10 advantage. Their RB Brenden Knox did his thing and rushed for two TDs and 118 yards on 14 carries.

The Blue Raiders are the clear underdogs, so they're hoping it's the size of the fight that determines this one. However, those who like betting on the underdog should be happy to hear that they are 4-0 against the spread when expected to lose.

Their wins bumped Middle Tenn. to 2-5 and the Thundering Herd to 6-0. Three weeks ago Middle Tenn. relied heavily on QB Asher O'Hara, who passed for two TDs and 333 yards on 33 attempts in addition to rushing for two TDs and 69 yards. It will be up to Marshall's defense to limit his damage.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 12 p.m. ET
  • Where: Joan C. Edwards Stadium -- Huntington, West Virginia
  • TV: CBS Sports Network
  • Live Stream: CBSSports.com or fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Watch on your Phone: CBS Sports App
  • Watch on Connected TV: CBS Sports App on Roku and Fire TV
  • Ticket Cost: $44.00

Odds

The Thundering Herd are a big 23.5-point favorite against the Blue Raiders, according to the latest college football odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 23.5-point spread, and stayed right there.

Over/Under: -111

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Series History

Middle Tenn. have won three out of their last five games against Marshall.

  • Oct 05, 2019 - Middle Tenn. 24 vs. Marshall 13
  • Oct 05, 2018 - Middle Tenn. 34 vs. Marshall 24
  • Oct 20, 2017 - Marshall 38 vs. Middle Tenn. 10
  • Nov 12, 2016 - Marshall 42 vs. Middle Tenn. 17
  • Nov 07, 2015 - Middle Tenn. 27 vs. Marshall 24