Marshall vs James Madison Prediction NCAAF Picks 10/19

Marshall vs James Madison Prediction NCAAF Picks 10/19

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James Madison vs. Marshall Clash

Prepare for an electrifying matchup as the James Madison Dukes (6-0, 3-0 CONF) face off against the Marshall Thundering Herd (4-2, 1-1 CONF). This game promises to be a battle of two competitive teams as James Madison puts their undefeated record on the line.

 

James Madison's Offense and Defense

Offense

James Madison's offense is led by the talented J. McCloud, who has thrown for 1432 yards and an impressive 14 touchdowns this season. Their passing game has been a highlight, averaging 244.5 passing yards per game. McCloud's ability to find the end zone can trouble Marshall's defense.

Defense

Defensively, the Dukes have been solid, allowing an average of 353.0 total yards per game. Their defense has excelled at limiting opponents' passing yards, allowing only 310.2 per game. Their ability to contain Marshall's passing game will be a key factor in this matchup.

Past Games (Last 5)

James Madison has been dominant in their past games, winning their last five matchups. Notably, they defeated GASO with a score of 41-13 and secured a close win against USA with a score of 31-23.

 

Marshall's Offense and Defense

Offense

Marshall's offense has been led by C. Fancher, who has thrown for 1506 yards and 7 touchdowns this season. Their offense has been balanced, averaging 420.8 total yards per game. With a strong rushing attack, Marshall can pose a challenge to James Madison's defense.

Defense

On the defensive side, Marshall has allowed an average of 370.2 total yards per game. They've been effective at limiting opponents' pass yards, allowing only 178.3 per game. However, they need to be prepared to face James Madison's potent passing attack.

Past Games (Last 5)

Marshall's recent games have been a mix of wins and losses. They lost to GAST with a score of 41-24 but secured a win against ODU with a score of 41-35.

 

Prediction

In this highly anticipated clash, James Madison enters the game as the favorite with a -3.5 points spread. Here's why James Madison is poised to win:

1. Undefeated Record: James Madison's impressive 6-0 record showcases their consistency and ability to win games. They have momentum on their side, which can carry them to victory.

2. Strong Passing Game: J. McCloud's exceptional performance in the passing game has been a game-changer. If he can exploit Marshall's defense, it will give James Madison the edge.

3. Defensive Strength: The Dukes have a solid defense that can make stops when needed. Their ability to contain Marshall's offense, especially in the passing department, will be crucial.

Considering these factors, James Madison is well-positioned to secure a victory in this clash and potentially cover the -3.5 points spread.

 

Pick: James Madison -3.5

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