Preview: Western Kentucky at Marshall

When: 12:00 PM ET, Friday, November 28, 2014
Where: Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, West Virginia


Marshall is one win away from locking up a perfect regular season. The Thundering Herd will try to improve to 12-0 when they host Western Kentucky in the regular-season finale on Friday. Marshall and defending National Champion Florida State are the only teams remaining without a loss, and the Thundering Herd are in the running for a New Year’s Six bowl game if they can hold off the Hilltoppers.

Marshall is having a hard time cracking the College Football Playoff rankings due to the strength of its schedule but is dominating the opponents in front of it and has already clinched the top spot in the Conference-USA East Division. Western Kentucky is bowl eligible as well after notching three straight wins by an average of 24.7 points. “For us, now we're in the championship game,” Hilltoppers coach Jeff Brohm told reporters of the magnitude of the matchup with the Thundering Herd. “We get to play a championship game against an undefeated team on their home turf with a lot of implications for them riding on this game. It's a great opportunity for us.”

TV: 12 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1. LINE: Marshall -21

ABOUT WESTERN KENTUCKY (6-5, 3-4 C-USA):
Quarterback Brandon Doughty’s ability to limit turnovers has been one of the keys to the winning streak, during which he has thrown 11 touchdown passes without an interception. The senior is coming off a 346-yard, five-TD performance and is looking to go out with a bang along with the rest of the seniors. “You look forward to games like that, especially to knock off an undefeated team,” Hilltoppers DB Cam Thomas told reporters. “I feel like we've got the guys to go out and complete the job.”

ABOUT MARSHALL (11-0, 7-0): The Thundering Herd had won each of their games by at least 15 points and were averaging 47.1 points before finally running into trouble and squeezing out a 23-18 win at UAB on Saturday. “If winning was easy, there would be a lot more people in this position than us and Florida State,” Marshall coach Doc Holliday told reporters. “At some point, you have to grind them out.” Running back Devon Johnson has gone over 100 yards in all but one game this season and helped keep the Thundering Herd in the game with 171 last week.

EXTRA POINTS


1. All eight of Doughty’s INTs have come on the road.

2. Marshall QB Rakeem Cato has thrown at least one TD pass in an FBS-record 43 straight games.

3. The Thundering Herd are trying to secure their first undefeated season since going 13-0 in 1999.

PREDICTION: Marshall 48, Western Kentucky 24

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Western Kentucky 6-5 W3 41.9 36.8 5-1 1-4 0-1 0-1 3-4
Marshall 11-0 W11 44.9 16.5 5-0 6-0 0-0 2-0 7-0

Last Meeting

Western Kentucky Marshall
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
No Previous Meeting.

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
WKU N/A
MRSH N/A
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
WKU N/A
MRSH N/A
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
WKU N/A
MRSH N/A
TDs Player TD
WKU N/A
MRSH N/A
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
WKU B. Doughty 67.4 3853 36 8
MRSH R. Cato 58.4 2897 28 8
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
WKU L. Allen 226 1253 5.5 11
MRSH D. Johnson 184 1573 8.5 16
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
WKU J. Dangerfield 56 621 11.1 8
MRSH T. Shuler 57 737 12.9 7
TDs Player TD
WKU L. Allen 13
MRSH D. Johnson 18

Quickchart Matchup

Western Kentucky Off vs  Marshall Def
508.6 yards
324.4 yards
4.8 yards/rush
3.5 yards/rush
8.3 yards/attempt
5.3 yards/attempt
Marshall Off vs  Western Kentucky Def
562.5 yards
483.4 yards
7 yards/rush
4.8 yards/rush
8.8 yards/attempt
8.7 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
-23
-110
74
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-110
-24
-110
75.5
Sportsbook
-110
-24
-110
75.5
5Dimes.eu
-105
-23.5
-105
75
GTBets.eu
-110
-23.5
-110
74.5
Top Bet
-110
-23.5
-110
74.5
BetOnline.ag
-110
-23.5
-110
74.5
BetDSI
-115
-23.5
-110
75
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
BetDNA.com
-114
-23.5
-114
75
Belmont
-110
-24
-110
75.5
BookMaker.eu
-115
-23.5
-110
75
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
-23.5
-110
75
Mirage
-110
-24
-110
74.5
Station
-110
-23.5
-110
74.5
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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Western Kentucky Overall Marshall
6-5-0 W/L 11-0-0
5-6-0 ATS 8-3-0
7-3-1 O/U 6-5-0
41.9 Pts For 44.9
36.8 Pts Against 16.5
Western Kentucky A/H Marshall
1-4 W/L 5-0
1-4-0 ATS 4-1-0
3-1-1 O/U 2-3-0
33.0 Pts For 43.4
44.6 Pts Against 15.0