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Marshall's defensive line is extremely under rated after what I saw from Vin Curry and the rest as West Virginia had troubles blocking them all day long. Geno Smith was lucky multiple times to escape and make some plays and I do not think Austin Davis behind a rebuilt offensive line will have that same luck as he's behind 4 new starters along the line and that was the reason they struggled to finish drives a week ago. Austin Davis was just 16/29 for 164 yards 18 yds rushing vs. Marshall last year despite winning 41-16. Now the game is in Marshall's back yard and the pass rush of Marshall should be the difference in the game. They held WV to 42 yards and a 1.6 yards per carry average. The weather is supposed to be sloppy so I think that will favor Marshal and the strength of their defensive line which will control the game. Marshall does start a true freshmen Rakeem Cato, but he has tremendous leadership qualities and does not get rattled and does not turn the ball over he's 15-21 and a 115 yards in a very vanilla offense. Coaches have said they will open things up a bit this week. Marshall is 12-5 ATS in their last 17 as a home dog.
Smaller play, but I'm confident Houston's offense which has plenty of experienced veterans with skill will easily outscore North Texas which did not score a single TD a week ago on offense as they scored on fumble recoveries and a late safety. They are 9-22 ATS in their last 31 non conference games and though they have a real NFL talent at running back in Lance Dunbar he could not run at all last week and the reason is the offensive line that returned just 2 starters. Houston should be able to do all they want on the ground and through the air vs. North Texas and there just is not enough offense on North Texas side to compete. Keep an eye on the backs Beal and Simms as they'll combine for a nice running day as Florida international had over 5.2 ypc a week ago. Houston's defense isn't as bad as advertised with Brown 3.5 tackles for loss and McGaw 16 tackles a week ago.
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