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Marshall vs Buffalo 12/25/20 - NCAA Football Picks & Predictions

Buffalo Bulls vs Marshall Thundering Herd Odds & Info

Game Buffalo Bulls vs Marshall Thundering Herd
Date & Time Friday December 25, 2020, 2:30 PM (EST)
Location
Cramton Bowl Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, USA
Latest odds
BUFF -3 ; Total 54
TV Channel
ESPN

The Marshall Thundering Herd and Buffalo Bulls are set to visit the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama for a matchup in the Camellia Bowl. The Marshall Thundering Herd come into this matchup with a 7-2 record, and they will be looking to rebound after dropping the Conference USA Championship against the UAB Blazers, 22-13. QB Grant Wells struggled to find much consistency for Marshall as he connected on 8 of his 23 pass attempts for 138 yards and 2 TDs. TE Xavier Gaines was able to have a productive outing for the Thundering Herd as he added a 70-yard TD reception.

The Marshall Thundering Herd were solid on the defensive side of the ball against the UAB Blazers as they held them to 22 points and a total of 468 yards of offense. Safety Nazeeh Johnson and LB Tavante Beckett led the way for the Marshall defense with 13 tackles each. The secondary had a productive outing for the Thundering Herd as safety Derrek Pitts had 9 tackles and a pass breakup while DB Steven Gilmore had 2 pass breakups.

The Buffalo Bulls come into this matchup with a 5-1 record, and they will be looking to rebound after dropping their recent game against the Ball State Cardinals in MAC Championship, 38-28. QB Kyle Vantrease had a productive outing for the Bulls as he threw for 365 yards, 1 TD, and 1 interception. WR Antonio Nunn was the top target for Vantrease and the Bulls as he hauled in 13 catches for 182 yards.

The Buffalo Bulls struggled on the defensive side of the ball against the Ball State Cardinals as they allowed them to score 31 points and rack up a total of 439 yards of offense. LB James Patterson led the way for the Buffalo defense with 11 tackles and an interception. The Bulls were able to get into the Ball State backfield a handful of times as DT Tyrece Woods Jr. had 3 TFLs and 2 sacks while DT George Wolo had 1.5 TFLs and 1 sack.

Recent Betting Trends

  • Marshall are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Marshall's last 10 games.
  • Buffalo are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of Buffalo's last 12 games.

Free NCAAF Pick:

Buffalo Bulls -3

The Buffalo Bulls were unable to get their effective ground game going in the conference championship as they only compiled 134 yards, and that resulted in them only scoring 7 points in the 2nd half. The Bulls have an explosive offense, especially when they can get RB Jaret Patterson (1072 yards, 19 TDs) and Kevin Marks Jr. (603 yards, 6 TDs) going, but don’t forget WR Antonio Nunn who put up 182 yards in his recent game. The Marshall Thundering Herd have a very good defense and I am sure they will stack the box against the Buffalo run game, but QB Grant Wells has been turnover-prone for Marshall which is why I like Buffalo to get a late turnover to put away this game. Final Score Prediction, Buffalo Bulls win and cover ATS 28-20.

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