CFB - Southern Miss at Marshall

CFB - Southern Miss at Marshall

ESPN isn't stealing a whole lot of viewers


2007-10-19

ESPN isn't stealing a whole lot of viewers, other than dedicated bettors that is, from NBC Sunday night NFL coverage with games like Southern Miss and Marshall. Still, it gives bettors another option to choose from in a full day of football.

The Golden Eagles are 3-3 and have already embarrassed themselves twice on national TV. However, they are on a nice run of 11-4 ATS as a road favorite, including 9-3 in conference play. The Thundering Herd are 0-6 SU & allowing the nation's 7th most points at 38.2 PPG. They have never lost ATS as a home dog, going 5-0 ATS all-time. Since Marshall joined C-USA two years ago, Southern Miss has won both head-to-head meetings and the home team is 2-0 ATS.

Conference USA and East division combatants collide in another Sunday night special. Southern Miss will be out to change their luck when not playing on Saturday's, as they have dropped both televised contests. Injuries at the quarterback position have altered what the Golden Eagles had wanted to do. Senior starter Jeremy Young is sidelined by a high ankle sprain; backup Stephen Reaves is not mobile and is limited due to pulled abdominal muscle. Third choice Martevious Young suffered a broken right fibula in loss to Rice. Of equal concern for coach Jeff Bower is the shoddy play of the defense. Always a stalwart group, they are beating beaten by opponents on the most fundamental of football elements.

Marshall has yet to post a win and could be in the right spot to snag the first of 2007 if they play at emotional pitch. The Thundering Herd gave West Virginia 45 good minutes and were in position to beat Memphis earlier this month, just coming up short. With Southern Miss searching for answers, Marshall could steal one. Coach Mark Snyder's club is improving on defense and needs better play on offense, possession after possession. We're starting to get a little healthier on defense, but we're going to have to score some points," Snyder said. "There is no question about that." The passing game is in good hands with QB Bernie Morris leading attack averaging better than 260 yards a game. It is a skimpy running attack that gains just over 100 yards, keeping the Herd from thundering.

If Southern Miss can't solve QB issues, Marshall has a real opportunity. Maintaining poise and playing under control will be imperative for the Herd. USM is more talented and is not as good as first thought this season. With that said coach Bower's club has pedigree and is 8-3 ATS as road favorite. Prediction Marshall by 5

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