Florida Atlantic Owls at Marshall Thundering Herd Pick - Point Spread Prediction

October 20, 2:30 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Marshall +2.5

The Marshall Thundering Herd (4-2) and the Florida Atlantic Owls (3-3) will square off in a Conference USA collision at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia on Saturday, October 20th, 2018 at 2:30 PM ET. The game will be shown on ESPN+ streaming. Marshall and FAU have met on five occasions dating back to 2013. The Herd had won the first four meetings until the Owls broke through last year in Boca Raton with a 30-25 win. Though Florida Atlantic won easily, they produced one of the worst bad beats in perhaps college football history when a late safety delivered in error caused takers that backed the Owls to rip their tickets.

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Florida Atlantic Owls at Marshall Thundering Herd Overview

Florida Atlantic Owls

The Florida Atlantic Owls appear to be a shell of their former selves in 2018. The same team that won 11 games in the previous campaign presently stands at .500 on the season with three ugly losses to their record. The first two were sustained at Oklahoma in the road in their season opener and the second in a showdown with the big dog in Sunshine State, Central Florida. However, Florida Atlantic was also the victims of an upset bid in Murfreesboro, Tennessee at the hands of the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders. FAU's wins were earned against an FCS opponent, Air Force, and Old Dominion.

Marshall Thundering Herd

The Thundering Herd came into this season as a potential contender for the Conference USA title. Named one of the best mid-major teams in the FBS, Marshall has looked impressive for the most part. However, those pesky Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders struck them down too as well in Huntington no less. Marshall owns wins over FCS Eastern Kentucky, Miami Ohio, Old Dominion, and Western Kentucky with an additional loss against presently undefeated NC State.

Reasons To Back Florida Atlantic

The Owls have yet to earn a statement win this season to back up a lot of the hype and pre-season revelry. This stage serves to be an ideal venue for FAU to achieve such a feat. This team has already tussled with some big names and their Coach Lane Kiffin knows how to get this outfit to play above its level. After all, Florida Atlantic was just 1-3 at one point in 2018 before it took the mid-majors by storm. This contest can be a great point of ignition as all the lights are off of them.

Reasons To Avoid Marshall

An attractive proposition is that Marshall can win this game here because they are at home where they have been known for a distinct advantage. However, such advisories went out the window when MTSU came to town. Marshall is up against perhaps the most dangerous offensive weapon they have faced year-to-date in Owls running back Devin Singletary. Last year, Singletary accumulated over 270 yards from scrimmage against this Herd defense and found the end zone twice. Laying lumber here with this match-up alone is a risky play.

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Florida Atlantic at Marshall Prediction 10/20/2018

Florida Atlantic will implement a heavy dose of Devin Singletary, and the rest will be history. A coached up Owls will find itself in the position their best win of the year and emerge back on both the conference and perhaps New Year’s Six radar with a win here. Tremendous value here on a likely short-priced favorite.

Free Pick: 
Take Florida Atlantic -2.5

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