Week 9 - College Football Picks Against The Spread - Marshall vs Southern Miss

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Joe Gavazzi

Thursday, October 27, 2016 7:55 PM GMT

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 7:55 PM GMT

As if Southern Miss needed any more motivation, this veteran team enters at 4-3 SU but still 2-1 SU in CUSA play. They had a week to lick their wounds and prepare to crush Marshall. Here's our NCAAF pick.

 

Marshall vs Southern Mississippi (-15) 7:00 ET

Each week in this space, I offer a CFB CRUSHER OF THE WEEK. This selection features a combination of situational, statistical and technical reasons that points to a blowout of my selected team against this week’s foe.  Such is the case this week with an angry S. Miss team against a Marshall team, who is tanking this season.  It all adds up to a blowout victory in this week’s CRUSHER OF THE WEEK.

S. Miss well remembers the lean years of 2012 thru 2014, when this proud program went 4-32 SU in the nadir of their discontent.  It was during that timeframe that Marshall took advantage of the Eagles’ crash to earth with wins of 26-20, 59-24, 61-13 and 63-17.  But, even in the Eagles’ bounce back season of last, Marshall still prevailed 31-10, despite the fact that S. Miss outgained the Herd 439-277.  It was the Eagles’ first loss of last year and was a function of 5 critical S. Mississippi’s TOs. Be sure that S. Miss has this game circled on their calendar!

Today, they catch a Thundering Herd team spiraling downward for 7th year HC Holliday. The Herd was 33-8 SU, heading into the season.  This year, with only 4 defenders returning to the stop side, they are 2-5 SU ATS failing to cover the number by 84 PPG.  A defense that last year allowed 18/359 is allowing 36/467 this year, including 205 or more both running and passing.  With a running game that averages just 113/3.2, there is little protection for their defensive weakness.  

As if S. Miss needed any more motivation, this veteran team, under 1st year HC Hopson, enters at 4-3 SU but still 2-1 SU in CUSA play.  They had a week to lick their wounds and prepare after losing 45-10 at a revitalized LSU team, whom they played even for the first half of the game.  TOs have been a major issue for the Eagles this season.  They enter with a (-8) net TO margin. But against the weak defense of Marshall, this figures to be less of an issue.  Look for S. Miss to soar to a 4 TD blowout victory today in our CRUSHER OF THE WEEK against a Marshall team, who next weekend will be qualifying as a towel tosser!  I invite you to put the College Football ODDS in your favor and join me in my College Football PICK on Southern Mississippi this evening.

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Free College Football Pick: Southern Missippi -15Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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