Marshall Thundering Herd vs Colorado State Rams Gildan New Mexico Bowl NCAA Football Expert Picks and Predictions


Marshall Thundering Herd
Marshall Thundering Herd
(7-5)
4:30 pm ET, Saturday, December 16, 2017
Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Colorado State Rams
Colorado State Rams
(7-5)
ESPN
 
Marshall Thundering Herd vs Colorado State Rams Gildan New Mexico Bowl NCAA Football Expert Picks and Predictions

New Mexico Bowl opponents Colorado State and Marshall followed similar trajectories on the way to Saturday's matchup at Dreamstyle Stadium in Albuquerque.

Marshall (7-5) opened the season 6-1 before a 1-4 slide to close the campaign. The Thundering Herd lost three games in that stretch by less than a touchdown, including decisions of two points to UTSA and one point to Southern Mississippi in the final two games.

Likewise, Colorado State (7-5) opened 6-2, but went 1-3 down the stretch with losses of three points at Wyoming on Nov. 4, and a 59-52 overtime defeat against Boise State on Nov. 11 in which the Broncos rallied from a two-touchdown deficit in 1:41.

Colorado State salvaged the regular season and guaranteed itself a bowl bid with a 42-14 rout of San Jose State on Nov. 18.

The New Mexico Bowl offers an opportunity to close 2017 on a high note. And while the Thundering Herd and Rams followed similar paths to this game, their recent results in the postseason have been polar opposites.

Marshall is 5-0 in bowl games since 2009. The Herd missed the 2016 postseason, but Saturday's contest marks a chance for the outgoing seniors to finish their careers at 3-0 in bowls.

Conversely, Colorado State dropped its past three bowl games in 2014 (Las Vegas), 2015 (Arizona) and 2016 (Famous Idaho Potato). The Rams' last postseason win came in the 2013 New Mexico Bowl.

A loss Saturday would mark three straight 7-6 finishes for Colorado State under third-year coach Bobo, who received a three-year extension through 2022 on Thursday..

Marshall and Colorado State have never played, but the programs have some recent shared history. Both programs were in the mix for the Power Five conferences' automatic berth into a New Year's Six bowl game in 2014, but dropped games to close the regular season.

In 2017, Colorado State plays with a style similar to that of Holliday's 2014 Marshall bunch, which finished third in the nation in scoring. The Rams average 501 yards of total offense per game, No. 10 in the nation, and score at a 33.8-points per game clip.

Stevens ranks No. 15 nationally at 289.9 passing yards per game, and wide receiver Michael Gallup accounts for 112.1 of that. Gallup was one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top wide receiver.

Holliday said he anticipates the Stevens-Gallup connection to remain dangerous despite coaching staff shake-ups at Colorado State. The Rams lost offensive coordinator Will Friend, who is joining newly named head coach Jeremy Pruitt at Tennessee. The New Mexico Bowl is also the final game for Rams defensive coordinator Marty English before he retires.

Staff changes and bowl-game festivities are just some of the background noise that could impact Saturday's outcome.

While All-Conference USA defensive back Malik Gant and the Marshall defense prepare to slow Colorado State's potent passing attack, senior quarterback Chase Litton aims to attack a Rams defense that surrendered 27.5 points per game.

Yurachek should play a key role. He closed out his all-conference regular season with three touchdown receptions against Southern Miss on Nov. 25.

For the seniors, the New Mexico Bowl is one last opportunity to go out a winner.

 

Marshall Thundering Herd vs Colorado State Rams VDB Sport Betting Odds and Predictions

Marshall Thundering Herd vs Colorado State Rams Betting Odds

  Spread MoneyLine Total
Marshall Thundering Herd +3½ (-110) +145 58 (-115)o
Colorado State Rams -3½ (-110) -165 58 (-105)u

Vegas Daily Betting Free Prediction: Marshall Thundering Herd +3½ and Over/Under 58

 


 

Marshall Thundering Herd vs Colorado State Rams VDB Sport Betting Matchup Report

 

Team Records

Marshall Thundering Herd 

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 7-5 4-2 3-3 8-4 3-3 5-1 26.33 19.25 7.08
vs Conf 4-4 2-2 2-2 4-4 1-3 3-1 25.75 18.38 7.37
Last 3 1-2 1-1 0-1 1-2 0-2 1-0 21.33 20.00 1.33

Colorado State Rams 

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 7-5 4-2 3-3 4-8 1-5 3-3 33.83 27.50 6.33
vs Conf 5-3 2-2 3-1 2-6 0-4 2-2 35.50 29.38 6.12
Last 3 1-2 1-1 0-1 0-3 0-2 0-1 35.67 29.67 6.00

 

Betting Odds Trends

Marshall Thundering Herd 

Marshall is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games 
Marshall is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games 

Colorado State Rams 

Colorado State is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games 

 

Injuries

Marshall

Player   Status/Updated Notes
Marcel Williams  WR Prob Sat - Undisclosed - 12/14/17 Williams has been bothered by an unspecified injury but is expected to be available against Colorado State for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
Malik Gant  S Prob Sat - Undisclosed - 12/6/17 Gant is expected to suit up against Colorado State for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl despite an unspecified injury.
Tyre Brady  WR Prob Sat - Undisclosed - 12/11/17 Brady missed the last two games for undisclosed reasons but is expected to be available for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl against Colorado State.
Sandley Jean-Felix  OL Ques Sat - Undisclosed - 12/11/17 Jean-Felix has missed the last two games for undisclosed reasons and his status for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl against Colorado State is unknown.
Nathaniel Devers  OL Out indefinitely - Suspension - 10/31/17 Devers has been issued an indefinite suspension for his role in an off-field incident.
Nyquan Harris  DL Out indefinitely - Undisclosed - 11/25/17 Harris has been sidelined for undisclosed reasons and it is unclear when he might return to action.
Aaron Dopson  DL Out indefinitely - Undisclosed - 11/19/17 Dopson has been sidelined for undisclosed reasons and his status for the remainder of the season is unclear.
Donyae Moody  LB out for season - Knee - 8/29/17 Moody has a knee injury and is expected to miss the 2017 season.

Colorado State

Player   Status/Updated Notes
Izzy Matthews  RB Prop Sat - Collarbone - 12/12/17 Matthews broke his collarbone but is expected to return for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl against Marshall.
Tyler Bjorklund  OL Ques Sat - Concussion - 12/11/17 Bjorklund missed the last game with concussion-like symptoms and it is unclear if he will play in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl against Marshall.
Toby McBride  DL Ques Sat - Back - 12/11/17 McBride missed the last four games with a back injury and it is unknown if he will play in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl against Marshall.
Jamal Hicks  S Out indefinitely - Arm - 10/23/17 Hicks is dealing with an arm injury and there is no timetable for recovery.
E.J. Scott  WR out for season - Knee - 8/22/17 Scott is expected to be sidelined for the entire 2017 season due to a torn ACL.
Deonte Clyburn  LB out for season - Calf - 8/27/17 Clyburn is expected to sit out the 2017 season due to a blood clot in his calf.
Braylin Scott  S Out indefinitely - Personal - 8/13/17 Scott is away from the program tending to legal matters and there is no timetable for return.

Recent Meetings

  Yard Margins
Date Away Home H Line ATS Tot Rus Pas

Marshall Last 10

  Yard Margins
Date vs Score Line ATS Tot Rus Pas
11/25/17 SOMIS L 27-28 -2/48 L/O 11 -127 138
11/18/17 @ UTSA L 7-9 3/45 W/U -126 -48 -78
11/11/17 WKU W 30-23 -10/54.5 L/U -34 110 -144
11/3/17 @ FAU L 25-30 6.5/63.5 W/U 28 -61 89
10/28/17 FIU L 30-41 -14.5/47.5 L/O 104 -82 186
10/20/17 @ MTU W 38-10 -1.5/49 W/U 97 149 -52
10/14/17 ODU W 35-3 -12.5/48.5 W/U 174 114 60
10/7/17 @ CHAR W 14-3 -14/51 L/U 192 132 60
9/30/17 @ CIN W 38-21 3/52.5 W/O 17 -5 22
9/16/17 KENT W 21-0 -14/50.5 W/U 122 16 106

Colorado State Last 10

  Yard Margins
Date vs Score Line ATS Tot Rus Pas
11/18/17 SJSU W 42-14 -32.5/67.5 L/U 267 170 97
11/11/17 BSU L 52-59 6.5/58 L/O -71 -49 -22
11/4/17 @ WYO L 13-16 -4/48.5 L/U 51 79 -28
10/28/17 AFA L 28-45 -9.5/68.5 L/O -42 -247 205
10/20/17 @ UNM W 27-24 -9.5/61 L/U -41 -140 99
10/14/17 NEV W 44-42 -25/65.5 L/O 44 168 -124
10/7/17 @ USU W 27-14 -9.5/65 W/U 297 153 144
9/30/17 @ HAW W 51-21 -6.5/64.5 W/O 98 109 -11
9/16/17 @ ALA L 23-41 31/55.5 W/O -96 -95 -1
9/9/17 ACU W 38-10 -43/66.5 L/U 262 196 66

 

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