College Football Week 3 Picks: Marshall Thundering Herd vs. Ohio Bobcats

Marshall Thundering Herd vs. Ohio Bobcats
Saturday, 9/14/13, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Marshall -6
Current Betting Line:  Marshall -8.5
Opening Total:  66
Current Total:  69
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Marshall Thundering Herd are 0-3 ATS as road favorites of 7.5 to 10 points since 1992
The Marshall Thundering Herd are 0-3 ATS as road favorites of 7.5 to 10 points since 1992

Marshall has scored 107 points in winning its first two games, as it continues to be led by quarterback Rakeem Cato offensively, who has completed 65.9 percent of his passes in his collegiate career.  The Thundering Herd’ offense led the nation in total plays per game from scrimmage a year ago, but it ranks ninth in the country in that particular category in 2013.  Marshall is 0-3 ATS as road favorites of 7.5 to 10 points since 1992, which can’t be ignored when making your college football expert picks Saturday night.

The Thundering Herd are definitely contenders to win the Mid-American Conference, with Cato being one of the best signal-callers in college football, as he’s averaging 241.5 passing yards per game thus far.  Marshall has absolutely dominated its opponents on the ground—outgaining them by a 599-229 margin in that particular category.

Ohio bounced back from its season-opening loss to the Louisville Cardinals, as it picked up a 27-21 victory over North Texas as 3.5-point home favorites, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.  The Bobcats are now ready to host the Thundering Herd inside Peden Stadium for their annual Battle of the Bell matchup.  The program has compiled a dominating 20-5 record at home dating back to the start of the 2009 season, which is important to consider when looking over the college football betting lines.  Ohio is 0-2 SU and 2-0 ATS as home underdogs of 7.5 to 10 points in its last two opportunities.

The Bobcats are led offensively by quarterback Tyler Tettleton, who has won 20 of 29 games as a starter.  He needs just 347 yards passing to reach 7,000 yards for his career, while being just two touchdown passes of 50 in that particular category.  Ohio is 31-19-6 all-time in this series, including a 9-3 mark since the winning team was awared the Bell Trophy.  Head coach Frank Solich has a  career record in the mont of September, while the program’s 56 wins since 2006 are the second most victories by any MAC school during that period.

Sports bettors will likely back the Bobcats due to their 17-7 ATS record against teams with a winning record.

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