Marshall Thundering Herd and the South Florida Bulls will meet Thursday in the College Gasparilla Bowl.
USF has posted a 7-5 record this season. The Bulls opened the year with a run of seven straight wins but lost their last five games to Houston, Tulane, Cincinnati, Temple and UCF.
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In the Knights game, Chris Oladokun of South Florida made 77 yards with a TD and a pick, while Johnny Ford led the race with 120 yards of 16 struts. Ford also outperformed USF receivers in 39 yards and a two-claw score.
More on the Marshall side, they ended the regular season at 8-4 this year. Herd was very competitive throughout the season and finished the year with a 3-1 record over the last four games. Marshall's only flaw came in a 41 to 20 loss to Virginia Tech in his last performance.
In the Hokies game, Marshall QB Isaiah Green recorded 220 yards with a TD and an INT, and Brenden Knox accumulated 204 yards with two points on the ground. Armani Levias was the leading Herd catcher in 69 yards of five sacks.
The Herd is 21-8-1 ATS in his last 30 games out of the conference and 2-5 ATS in his last seven after a loss of ATS. Marshall is 1-4 ATS against a team with a record of wins and 1-4 ATS in his last road games rive.
Meanwhile, USF is 9-4 ATS against a team with a record of wins and 2-5 ATS in their last seven overall. The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last five against CUSA and 1-5 ATS in their last six in December.
On their losing streak, the Bulls did not look very well on either side of the ball. The USF's infringement increased only 27 points in their last pair, and they allowed at least 27 points in each of the last five games.
As for Marshall, they looked better on the scoreboard, and despite being trained by the VT, Herd was solid against a good FIU team.
I have to stay with Marshall on the cover here.