Preview: Marshall at Southern Mississippi

When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 8, 2014
Where: M.M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, Mississippi


Marshall hasn't lost a single game all season, but that doesn't matter to the voters of the College Football Playoff. For the second straight week, the Thundering Herd were left out of the top-25 rankings that help determine the national champion, despite being one of only three undefeated teams in the country. So, in another effort to try to impress voters, Marshall travels to face a struggling Southern Miss squad that has lost two straight and four of five.

One thing the Golden Eagles can do is pass the ball, ranking third in Conference USA with 288.6 yards per game, though who will be throwing the passes is the question. Starter Nick Mullens missed the game against UTEP last weekend with an injured right foot and his status against the Thundering Herd is still up in the air, leaving fifth-year senior Cole Weeks as the starter if he can't go. Whichever quarterback is under center will need to be on his game to match Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato, who is rewriting the school record book.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, American Sports Network. LINE: N/A

ABOUT MARSHALL (8-0, 4-0 Conference USA): Despite their gaudy record, Marshall players don't look past any opponent, especially after seeing nationally-ranked East Carolina get upset by Temple recently. Ranked 22nd in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, the Herd know that the target is on their backs as long as they're undefeated, providing extra motivation for opponents every time they step on the field. “(The upset) shows that you have to be prepared every week, you have to come to work and you can't forget what got you there,” Marshall center Chris Jasperse told the Herald-Dispatch. “That's Tuesdays, Wednesdays and the offseason. You have to stay focused.”

ABOUT SOUTHERN MISS (3-6, 1-4): No matter who starts at quarterback, Southern Miss coach Todd Monken would like to avoid turnovers, like the four - two interceptions, two lost fumbles - credited to Weeks in his first start last week. Not that Monken is blaming only Weeks, focusing instead on everyone doing their job to help the team avoid the miscues. “It wasn't one guy,” Monken told the Hattiesburg American. “Because you might've had a protection issue and that's not necessarily the offensive line's fault. It might have been a running back. And a guy hits you when you're not looking and the ball comes out, I don't know how you can blame the quarterback for that.”

EXTRA POINTS

1. Southern Miss allowed a season-low 234 total yards to UTEP in a 35-14 loss last week.

2. Cato was named one of 16 semifinalists for the 2014 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate quarterback.

3. Southern Miss leads the series 5-4, but Marshall has won the last three, including 61-13 last year.

PREDICTION: Marshall 42, Southern Miss 14



Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Marshall 8-0 W8 45.9 16.5 4-0 4-0 0-0 1-0 4-0
Southern Mississippi 3-6 L2 19.7 33.9 2-2 1-4 0-2 2-4 1-4

Last Meeting

Marshall Southern Mississippi
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/2/13 SOMIS 13 MRSH 61 636 304 332 397 74 323

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
MRSH R. Cato 75.0 262 5 0
SOMIS N. Mullens 50.0 323 1 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
MRSH K. Grooms 8 109 13.6 1
SOMIS G. Payne 13 46 3.5 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
MRSH D. Allen 3 83 27.7 2
SOMIS M. Triplett 4 123 30.8 1
TDs Player TD
MRSH D. Allen 2
SOMIS M. Triplett 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
MRSH R. Cato 57.9 2130 20 6
SOMIS N. Mullens 59.9 1950 10 8
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
MRSH D. Johnson 137 1203 8.8 15
SOMIS I. Smith 85 313 3.7 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
MRSH T. Shuler 34 446 13.1 5
SOMIS C. Martin 50 501 10.0 2
TDs Player TD
MRSH D. Johnson 17
SOMIS G. Payne 7

Quickchart Matchup

Marshall Off vs  Southern Mississippi Def
571.2 yards
445 yards
7.1 yards/rush
4.9 yards/rush
9 yards/attempt
8.2 yards/attempt
Southern Mississippi Off vs  Marshall Def
378.4 yards
342.8 yards
3 yards/rush
3.7 yards/rush
6.7 yards/attempt
5.3 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Marshall Overall Southern Mississippi
8-0-0 W/L 3-6-0
6-2-0 ATS 4-5-0
5-3-0 O/U 3-6-0
45.9 Pts For 19.7
16.5 Pts Against 33.9
Marshall A/H Southern Mississippi
4-0 W/L 2-2
3-1-0 ATS 1-3-0
3-1-0 O/U 1-3-0
47.8 Pts For 22.5
17.8 Pts Against 28.0