Marshall Thundering Herds vs. South Florida Bulls, Gasparilla Bowl. Third bowl of the week, but this bowl aims to be the hardest of the week. Neither team is favorite to win, even though Marshall had a better season than South Florida. The Bulls struggled to close the regular season, but finished the season with slightly better numbers than Marshall.
Marshall Thundering Herd: Probabilities.
Marshall finished the regular season with a record of eight wins and only four losses, in addition to finishing second in the East Division at the C-USA conference. The record in the conference was highly positive with six victories and only four defeats. The last five games of the season ended 3-2 for Marshall, the last game was a loss against Virgina Tech 41-20 on the road.
Marshall is scoring up to 27.4 points per game, 35.6 rushes per game, up 7.1 points per quarter with 228.7 pass yards per game. The defense allows up to 22.1 points per game, 3-2-0 ATS on the road this season for Marshall.
Isaiah Green in his first year as starting QB with nine games in the regular season, 55.4% in completions, 2060 yards, 155-280 passes, 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Green this season has had 33 rushes for 74 yards with a touchdown.
South Florida Bulls: Negativity.
The problem of the Bulls was to end the regular season with a losing streak of five games, but for the winning streak of seven games that they had the first weeks of the season, they would never have reached this bowl. The Bulls are in fourth place in the East Division with 3-5 at the American Conference. The negative record in the conference was the third worst in the division.
The Bulls are a team with a good offense, up to 29.2 points per game, 39.8 rushes and 241.2 pass yards per game. The defense allows up to 31.5 points per game, with an average of 7.2 points allowed per quarter.
Blake Barnett had a couple of injuries at the end of the regular season, but he’s already available for the bowl. This has been his first year as starting QB with South Florida, 62.1% in completed passes, 2477 yards, 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. 99 personal rushes, 313 yards with 8 touchdowns.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Marshall Thundering Herds vs. South Florida Bulls 12/20/2018 is: take the Marshall Thundering Herd -2.0 (Point Spread).
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