Louisville at Marshall NCAA Football Betting Preview

Posted by Peter Boysen on September 24, 2016 in

Louisville and Marshall both took part in routs last weekend. Louisville delivered a 63-20 wallop to Florida State last weekend, but Marshall ended up on the wrong end of a 65-38 throttling at the hands of the Akron Zips on their home field. Marshall did pick up 560 yards and 31 first downs in the game, and they held the ball for almost 37 minutes of the game, but their four turnovers gave Akron short fields and easy scores. This marks the 29th meeting between the two programs, and Louisville leads the all time series, 16-12. Check out all of our sports betting lines before you place your weekend wagers.

Louisville at Marshall NCAA Football Betting Preview

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016, 8:00pm ET
Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV
Louisville IMG Sports Network
Live Stream: 
CBSSports.com Live Video
NCAA Odds:
Louisville (-23)


Why should you put your money on the Cardinals?

Lamar Jackson has added to his Heisman Trophy case with each passing week, leading to routs of Charlotte and Syracuse in Weeks 1 and 2. However, what he did against Florida State took his reputation to an entirely new level, as the nine touchdowns that the Cardinals put up were emphatic statements about Louisville’s case to enter the College Football Playoff. The Cardinal D impressed just as much, limiting FSU tailback Dalvin Cook to 54 yards and quarterback Deondre Francois to 101 passing yards. The special teams produced a punt return for a score and almost featured a second.

Why should you bet on the Thundering Herd?

Remember — this article is about betting on the line, not a straight up wager. Marshall put up a 62-0 shutout over Morgan State in Week 1, as quarterback Chase Litton rolled up 309 yards and six touchdown passes — with all of those scores coming before halftime. The blowout last week came as a complete surprise, but Akron did score on a blocked punt and a fumble return as they put up 34 points in the second period. The Herd led 21-7 after the first period, but those miscues, combined with three Litton interceptions (including a pick six) sealed the win for Akron.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Marshall has more talent than their score against Akron reflected, and the likelihood of them repeating all of those mistakes is quite small. However, Louisville wants to make statements with each passing week, and I see them getting a slow start as their minds focus on Clemson next week. I predict a Louisville win — but a Marshall cover, with a final score of 38-20.