G.W. Gras

Senior Writer for The Bears Brawl and Lead Host of The Bears Brawl Podcast.

Marshall Thundering Herd +13 at Boise State Broncos
Over/Under 54

Last week Florida State went against Boise State and became the latest in a long list of Power Five teams that could not handle the Broncos. Although it looked as if the Seminoles would keep things under control, the second half saw the Broncos’ defense pitch a shut out and come away with the win. This week, Boise comes off that high and plays against Marshall, who went out and got the win against the lowly VMI.

Boise State does not have the brand of athlete that the Seminoles have but they just kept attacking on the ground – working to weaken the Seminoles defensive front. Running back Robert Mahone ran the ball 24 times for 142 yards. And where Mahone got his legs worked out, quarterback Hank Bachmeier got his arm put through the ringer throwing the ball 51 times for 407 yards.

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Last season Boise State averaged 35 points per game and allowed 22 which is right on par with the spread, which leads me to believe Vegas has not seen enough from Boise to determine a true points advantage against an opponent like Marshall.

Keep in mind, Boise is a team that gets National-Play and a team like Marshall, who is generally always under the radar to the public, will be getting points thrown their way.

Marshall is bringing back most of their front seven from last year that held opponents to under three yards per rush and also kept teams to about a 30% success rate on third down. That’s an interesting stat when factoring in Boise’s success rate from last year was at about 51%.

Marshall is really testing themselves with their out of conference schedule this year, having Boise State this week and Cincinnati at the end of this month. Both games are winnable, and if not “winnable” they are definitely set to be competitive.

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Marshall’s junior quarterback Isiah Green is looking to improve his TD/Int ratio of last year’s 15/10 and he has weapons at his disposal. Looking at the Florida State game last week, Boise State’s pass defense was scorched for 327 yards, and let Seminole quarterback James Blackman complete 70% of his passes.

This could be looked at as an early “let down” game for Boise State, who is going up against a well equipped Thundering Herd team, who is coached by Doc Halloday, one of the best in the game at getting his troops up for games on the road.

The Pick: Marshall +13