Marshall (-12) @ UCONN
Marshall is the favorite in the game, with 12-point spread and an over/under of 41.5. Marshall has the 79.7 percent chance to win the game outright, according to the latest odds. UConn is playing in its first bowl game since 2015 and the Thundering Herd are looking to lean on their defense to win. It should be an interesting matchup, with both teams looking to make a statement.
Marshall’s defense is one of the best units in college football, as they are allowing just 18.4 points per game this season. The Herd has one of the most experienced defensive backfields in the nation, with three seniors and two juniors in the starting lineup. The secondary will be a key area to watch, as the UConn passing attack has been one of the best in the AAC this season.
The Thundering Herd have also been very good against the run, surrendering only 4.3 yards per carry this season. On the other side of the ball, UConn’s offense has been led by quarterback Jack Zergiotis. The redshirt freshman has thrown for 2,400 yards and 15 touchdowns this season, while completing 61.2 percent of his passes. Zergiotis has been turnover prone, however, throwing 10 interceptions this season. The Huskies will need to limit their mistakes if they are to have a chance against the Herd. UConn’s running game will also be important, as they have been successful when they have been able to establish the ground attack. The Huskies are averaging 4.8 yards per carry on the season, and need to move the chains to keep the Marshall defense off balance.