Louisiana vs Marshall: R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Prediction, Game Preview

Louisiana vs Marshall: R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might or might not win.

Louisiana vs Marshall: R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines: Saturday, December 18


Louisiana vs Marshall: R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl How To Watch

Date: Saturday, December 18
Game Time: 9:15 pm ET
Venue: Caesars Superdome, New Orleans, LA
How To Watch: ESPN
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Records: Louisiana (12-1), Marshall (8-4)

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Head coach Billy Napier might be off living his best life as the head coach of the Florida Gators, but this is still a fantastic Louisiana team coming in on a 12-game winning streak with a Sun Belt championship.

The offense might not have been quite as explosive and as fun as the 2020 version, but the team got through game after game with a strong defense, an offense that was among the most mistake-free in all of college football, and by doing all of the little things right.

On the flip side, Marshall found plenty of new and creative ways to turn the ball over, couldn’t stop the run, and it could never seem to find any consistency. However, the passing game was fun, the wins came against the teams it was supposed to beat, and the pass rush got their mail in the opposing backfield.

To win this, the Herd have to open it up. The passing attack has to break Louisiana out of its controlled style, and this will need to be a bit of a shootout to make this a tad more frenetic.

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WKU vs Marshall Prediction, Game Preview

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WKU vs Marshall prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, November 27


WKU vs Marshall How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 27
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV
How To Watch: CBS Sports Network
Record: WKU (7-4), Marshall (7-4)
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Why WKU Will Win

Does Marshall have the defense to keep up with the red hot Bailey Zappe and WKU offense?

Not sure. The D hasn’t faced anyone who can throw the ball with any regularity other than East Carolina, and Holton Ahlers and company went for close to 400 yards in the Herd win.

UAB went for 250 a few weeks ago and won, and Charlotte went for 245 last week and lost.

Zappe gets out of bed with 300 passing yards already locked in, and he pushes for 400 just after breakfast.

Marshall has a problem against good running teams, but it’s about experience something new with this.

However …

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Why Marshall Will Win

The WKU pass defense is a bit of a rumor.

Sort of like the Marshall season, WKU hasn’t faced a ton of teams that can throw, but the ones that could early on in the season went for 300 yards on a regular basis – and won.

Rice – not exactly the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of offense – cranked up 380 through the air in an attempt to keep up the pace.

Marshall has the offense to keep up with the balance to run well and with Grant Wells dangerous enough bomb away.

He chilled on the picks after a rough start – just three in the last five games, Marshall – again, against a slew of mediocre teams, but … – has the No. 1 pass defense in Conference USA, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Here we go. The winner gets UTSA for the Conference USA championship.

WKU does a lot of things right, but it hasn’t beat a truly good team with this attack.

It came close in battles with Army – that was a case of late points to make the 38-35 score look good – Indiana, UTSA, and to some extent, Michigan State, and lost.

The wins are all over the okay-to-lousy teams.

Marshall has the offense to keep up with Zappe, and it’s got just enough of a defense to hold serve.

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WKU vs Marshall Prediction, Lines

Marshall 38, WKU 34
Line: Marshall -1.5, o/u: 74
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5

Must See Rating: 4.5

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Marshall vs Charlotte Prediction, Game Preview

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Marshall vs Charlotte prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, November 20


Marshall vs Charlotte How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 20
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Jerry Richardson Stadium, Charlotte, NC
How To Watch: Stadium
Record: Marshall (6-4), Charlotte (5-5)
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Why Marshall Will Win

Marshall might have lost to UAB last week, but it’s still deep in the hunt for the Conference USA East title.

Win this week, and a win next week over WKU gets it done.

The Thundering Herd passing game should work with a ton of time to operate – Charlotte doesn’t generate much of a pass rush – and the ground game should get back on track after taking a few weeks off.

On the other side, the Marshall pass defense should hold up. Charlotte can’t win if it doesn’t throw well, and now it’s going against a D that allowed just 182 passing yards per game. But …

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Why Charlotte Will Win

Marshall can’t handle losing the turnover battle.

It was able to win the first two games of the year despite being on the wrong side of the stat, but it lost to East Carolina after giving the ball away three times, it was -4 against Middle Tennessee, and last week it was -1 against UAB. Against the teams that can hang around, that appears to be just that little bit of a difference.

Charlotte isn’t great in the turnover battle, but it’s usually able to keep things even. It’s great at dominating the time of possession fight, it’s good at moving the chains, and veteran QB Chris Reynolds has been on fire with four straight games with 200 yards or more and 448 against Louisiana Tech.

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What’s Going To Happen

Marshall’s defense is about to get pushed harder than it has in weeks, but the offensive balance will be enough to get by.

Again, as long as the Herd don’t start turning the ball over in bunches, they should be able to survive a good day from Reynolds and turn the WKU game into a division title showdown.

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Marshall vs Charlotte Prediction, Lines

Marshall 37, Charlotte 20
Line: Marshall -14.5, o/u: 62
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

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UAB vs Marshall Prediction, Game Preview

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UAB vs Marshall prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, November 13


UAB vs Marshall How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 13
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Joan C Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV
How To Watch: CBS Sports Network
Record: UAB (6-3), Marshall (6-3)
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Why UAB Will Win

UAB needs this to stay in the mix for the Conference USA title. Win this week, and then next week against UTSA might decide the West – even with UTEP to close things out.

The offense has been a tad too inconsistent, but it’s cranking up well over 400 yards per game over the last few weeks with a whole lot of big plays downfield and the ability to score in chunks.

When the Blazers run well, forget it. They’re 3-0 when running for 190 yards or more, and Marshall allows a Conference USA-worst 209 rushing yards per game.

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Why Marshall Will Win

UAB has a passing attack, but Marshall’s it a whole lot better.

There isn’t enough of a consistent ground attack, but Grant Wells is airing it out for 300 yards on a regular basis. If UAB wants to make this a shootout, fine.

Even with the problems against the run, the Thundering Herd have won four straight including a huge victory over Florida Atlantic last week. They’re doing a great job on third downs, the offensive line is doing a decent enough job to get by, and the penalty issue won’t be a problem this week.

No one in America gets hit for more penalty yards than UAB.

If Marshall can win this and get by Charlotte, the regular season finale against WKU should be to see who wins the East.

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What’s Going To Happen

No, this might not be a preview of the Conference USA Championship – it’s a little too funky for the loser of this to still get in – but it’s not going to be far off.

Both teams have done a great job of beating the mediocre, both teams have a shocking loss on the resumé, and both teams have something big to prove here.

UAB always seems to come through when needed in games like this, but the Marshall passing game will be a wee bit too sharp at home. The defense will hold up late to put this away.

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UAB vs Marshall Prediction, Lines

Marshall 30, UAB 24
Line: Marshall -4.5, o/u: 55
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5

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Marshall vs Florida Atlantic Prediction, Game Preview

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Marshall vs Florida Atlantic prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, November 6


Marshall vs Florida Atlantic How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 6
Game Time: 6:00 ET
Venue: FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL
How To Watch: CBS Sports Network
Record: Marshall (5-3), Florida Atlantic (5-3)
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Why Marshall Will Win

Well there we go.

Marshall is on a three-game winning streak with the running game kicking it all in against FIU, the passing game rolling against North Texas, and with the turnovers not quite as bad after losing to Middle Tennessee with six giveaways.

Florida Atlantic’s offense is too inconsistent. The offensive line allows too many plays behind the line, the running game hasn’t been able to do enough against anyone but the mediocre, and now it deals with a Marshall D that generates a whole lot of pressure.

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Why Florida Atlantic Will Win

Which offense will show up?

When it’s balanced and the ground game is rocking, Florida Atlantic wins. When it gets stuffed, it has a problem.

It’s 4-0 when getting to close to 200 yards on the ground – and it beat UTEP last week even though it struggled to do anything offensively. Marshall stuffed FIU, but gave up over 200 rushing yards in four straight games before last week.

The defense has been great at taking the ball away over the last few games, it’s +2 on the year in turnover margin, and it only had real issues with turnovers once, going -3 in the loss to UAB.

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What’s Going To Happen

It’s the battle for the Conference USA East title … for now, at least until WKU has more to say about it.

Both teams have been wildly inconsistent and both have a ton of problems, but Marshall’s offense will be stronger on the road to overcome a rough day by the run D.

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Marshall vs Florida Atlantic Prediction, Lines

Marshall 31, Florida Atlantic 26
Line: Marshall -1.5, o/u: 57.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

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FIU vs Marshall Prediction, Game Preview

FIU vs Marshall prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win this Saturday.

FIU vs Marshall prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, October 30


FIU vs Marshall How To Watch

Date: Saturday, October 30
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Joan C Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV
How To Watch: Stadium
Record: FIU (1-6), Marshall (4-3)
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Why FIU Will Win

The passing game continues to be fun.

The wins aren’t there, and the defense is letting the team down, but the Golden Panthers have the ability to keep up and bomb away against just about anyone with one of the best downfield passing attacks in college football.

FIU will throw for over 300 yards, and then it comes down to whether or not Marshall goes Marshall and turns the ball over enough to matter. The Thundering Herd have given it up multiple times in every game but one with ten giveaways over the last three games. But …

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Why Marshall Will Win

This FIU team just doesn’t do a thing on defense.

It might throw for a ton of yards, but it gives them up just as fast, allowing 382 passing yards or more in four of the last five games.

It’s the second-worst pass defense in the country, there’s no ball control with the O struggling in the time of possession battle, and when it comes to those pesky Thundering Herd giveaways, the FIU D has only come up with four turnovers.

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What’s Going To Happen

Marshall has to do everything possible to not turn the ball over four times. It can get away with its normal two, but the only way FIU pulls this off is if there’s a total meltdown like the Herd’s loss to Middle Tennessee.

Expect over 600 passing yards between the two teams and a lot of offensive fun, but Marshall will come up with a few stops, and FIU won’t.

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FIU vs Marshall Prediction, Lines

Marshall 48, FIU 24
Line: Marshall -22, o/u: 64
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

Must See Rating: 2

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Marshall vs North Texas Prediction, Game Preview

Marshall vs North Texas prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, October 16

Marshall vs North Texas prediction, game preview, how to watch: Friday, October 15


Marshall vs North Texas How To Watch

Date: Friday, October 15
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Apogee Stadium, Denton, TX
How To Watch: CBS Sports Network
Record: Marshall (3-3), North Texas (1-4)
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Why Marshall Will Win

How does Marshall want to get the offense going?

The North Texas defense is far better than it was last year, and it’s had a few surprising moments – like against the Missouri passing game in last week’s 48-35 loss – but the Herd should be able to move the ball however it wants to.

Want to run? Missouri, SMU, and Northwestern State all cranked it up on the ground against the Mean Green.

Want to throw? Everyone but Mizzou hit 200 yards without a problem, and best of all for the Herd, the secondary doesn’t pick off passes with none in the last three games.

But …

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Why North Texas Will Win

Marshall has a giant turnover issue.

It didn’t give it away in the loss to Appalachian State, but that was an anomaly. The O turned it over three times in each of the first three games, six times in the clunker to Middle Tennessee, and twice last week against Old Dominion.

North Texas doesn’t generate a whole lot of takeaways lately – just one in the last three games – but if it can make the big plays like it did when it came up with four turnovers in the first two games, it might have this.

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What’s Going To Happen

This is a strange North Texas team that could use a bit of a lucky break.

It at least made the score look okay against Missouri, and it hung around against Louisiana Tech, but it couldn’t get a key third down stop.

Marshall needs to make its own lucky break – it HAS to stop turning the ball over.

But it’ll give it away a few times to see this interesting. The defense that should be a whole lot better than it’s been, though, will come through with a few key stops when it absolutely has to.

Marshall will move the ball, and in a strength-in-numbers way, enough of those drives will end in scores to overcome the mistakes.

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Marshall vs North Texas Prediction, Line

Marshall 34, North Texas 20
Line: Marshall -11, o/u: 66.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

Must See Rating: 2

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Marshall vs Old Dominion Prediction, Game Preview

Marshall vs Old Dominion prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, October 9

Marshall vs Old Dominion prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, October 9


Marshall vs Old Dominion How To Watch

Date: Saturday, October 9
Game Time: 2:00 ET
Venue: Joan C Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV
How To Watch: CBS Sports Network
Record: Marshall (2-3), Old Dominion (1-4)
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Why Old Dominion Will Win

Didn’t you used to be Marshall?

The Thundering Herd looked like they were back on track with a 2-0 start by a combined score of 93-17, but the turnovers, the turnovers, the turnovers.

The weren’t an excuse for the loss to Appalachian State – there weren’t any – but the Herd gave up three in each of the first three games and last week totally melted won with six in an inexcusable loss to Middle Tennessee.

Old Dominion hasn’t been bad – it suffered close losses to Buffalo and UTEP over the last two weeks – helped by a strong performance from the secondary. But …

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Why Marshall Will Win

The Old Dominion defense isn’t taking the ball away. It has yet to come up with an interception, and Marshall could desperately use the break.

The turnovers have been everything to the season so far, but if it weren’t for them, things would be going okay. The offense is moving the ball, the pass rush is dominant, and the pieces are there to roll through a still-emerging Monarch team.

But …

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What’s Going To Happen

How much do you trust Marshall to not screw this all up?

Old Dominion’s defense isn’t strong enough to hold up even if it does come up with a slew of takeaways. It might need six like Middle Tennessee was able to get last week, and that’s not happening.

Marshall will give it up twice, and that will be good enough to get by.

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Marshall vs Old Dominion Prediction, Line

Marshall 40, Old Dominion 17
Line: Marshall -21, o/u: 64
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

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Marshall vs Middle Tennessee Prediction, Game Preview

Marshall vs Middle Tennessee prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, October 2

Marshall vs Middle Tennessee prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, October 2


Marshall vs Middle Tennessee How To Watch

Date: Saturday, October 2
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN
How To Watch: Stadium
Record: Marshall (2-2), Middle Tennessee (1-3)
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Why Marshall Will Win

The Thundering Herd are just this close to being 4-0.

They lost the last two games, but the close calls against East Carolina and Appalachian State could’ve gone either way – the passing game was great against the Pirates and pushed the Mountaineers.

Middle Tennessee isn’t doing enough on third downs to keep the Marshall offense offense its game. The O line is giving up too many plays behind the line, and the lack of third down conversions and stops is crushing in the time of possession battle.

Marshall has no problem moving the ball, and the pass rush is among the nation’s best.

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Why Middle Tennessee Will Win

The Blue Raiders can’t run the ball, but the passing attack is moving just fine no matter who’s under center.

Bailey Hockman was just fine, but he decided he was done with football. Chase Cunningham is a veteran who can push the ball down the field a bit and should be able to press the Herd secondary enough to be a problem.

The offense might not be consistent enough, but there aren’t a slew of turnovers, the passing attack is efficient, and the defense should come up with a few big plays against a mistake-prone Herd offense that gave the ball away three times in each of the first three games.

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What’s Going To Happen

It’s all about not screwing up for Marshall.

The offensive line isn’t going to have a problem against the Blue Raider defensive front, the offense will move the ball just fine, and there’s a chance this gets put away almost immediately.

The Blue Raiders can make up for problems with enough big plays to keep this interesting, but Marshall will keep this simple.

The Herd will move the sticks, and Middle Tennessee won’t.

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Marshall vs Middle Tennessee Prediction, Line

Marshall 37, Middle Tennessee 20
Line: Marshall -11, o/u: 66
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

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Marshall vs Appalachian State Prediction, Game Preview

Marshall vs Appalachian State prediction, game preview, how to watch: Thursday, September 23

Marshall vs Appalachian State prediction, game preview, how to watch: Thursday, September 23


Marshall vs Appalachian State How To Watch

Date: Thursday, September 23
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC
How To Watch: ESPN
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Why Marshall Will Win

Grant Wells keeps on throwing well.

The Marshall quarterback might have a bit of an interception problem, but he threw for 433 yards in the 42-38 loss to East Carolina. Rasheen Ali ran for 189 yards and three scores, and the offense looked great.

The defense struggled, but ECU has the offense to explode and the Herd will be much, much stronger as the season goes on. This was more of a blip than a  real concern.

The Herd offensive line has been a rock in pass protection so far, and the defensive side has been a killer behind the line with five sacks last week and 16.5 in the three games.

However …

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Why Appalachian State Will Win

Appalachian State beat East Carolina in the opener 33-19.

The Mountaineers had Miami in trouble in a close loss two weeks ago, and it got a nice scrimmage in with a 44-10 win over Elon last week.

Yeah, the Marshall turnovers are a thing.

Wells is just that good a quarterback to wing it around against anyone, but the Herd have lost the ball three times in each of the first three games. The high-powered attack and strong defense usually make up for it, but the mistakes were the difference against ECU.

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What’s Going To Happen

Be careful here.

It’ll be easy to think ECU-beat-Marshall-and-App-State-beat-ECU and assume this will be a wipeout at home, but this really is a good Herd team that’s good enough to push for the Conference USA title.

If the offense can just chill a wee bit on the mistakes, the firepower is there to pull this off.

This will likely be a lower scoring game than it might seem, and Appalachian State isn’t above giving the ball a way here and there, too.

However, the Mountaineers will be just a bit stronger with their ball security and the defense will hold up against the barrage of passing yards coming their way.

It’ll be a fun one to kickoff the weekend.

Marshall vs Appalachian State Prediction, Line

Appalachian State 26, Marshall 20
Line: Appalachian State -7, o/u: 58
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

Must See Rating: 3

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