Marshall Thundering Herd vs. South Florida Bulls College Football Betting Preview

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It will be the Gasparilla Bowl on Thursday December 20th as the South Florida Bulls will battle the Marshall Thundering Herd. The Bulls and Thundering Herd get things started from Tampa Bay at 8PM Eastern Time and ESPN TV has the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the Marshall Thundering Herd favored by -3 points with the over under line set at 51 ½ points.

Marshall a team from Conference USA finished with an 8-4 record. They had won three straight when they traveled to Virginia Tech and lost 41-20. It was a back to back road game and this game was only played because Virginia Tech beat Virginia to move to 5-6 and needed a win to become bowl eligible. This game was decided at the half as the Hokies were up 31-6 at the half. Prior to their loss at Virginia Tech the Thunder Herd traveled to Florida International and won 28-25. The Thundering Herd win prevented FIU from advancing to the Conference USA championship game. Marshall quarterback Isaiah Green a freshman completed only 55.4% of his passes this season with 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He is not a running type quarterback with only 74 yards rushing on 38 carries and no rushing touchdowns.

South Florida concluded play at 7-5. They play in the tougher conference in the AAC facing the likes of UCF, Temple, Cincinnati and Houston. The Bulls started at 7-0 then their final five games came against the best teams in the AAC. South Florida lost all five games as their regular season ended in a 38-10 home defeat to Central Florida. USF is weak this season against the run by allowing 244.8 yards per game. USF quarterback Blake Barnett, a junior is expected to return under center coming back from a shoulder injury. Barnett on the season completed 62.1% of his passes with 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in his first year as a starter. South Florida is a good running team that averages 202 yards on the ground per game. Running back Jordan Cronkite rushed for 1095 yards with nine touchdowns and a 6.3 yards per rush average.

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