June 30, 2021
2021 Marshall Thundering Herd Betting Odds, Predictions, Preview
Marshall fired out to a 7-0 start last season, but a stunning 20-0 loss against Rice at home on Dec. 5 splashed cold water on things. They also suffered a 22-13 loss at home in the Conference USA Championship Game, and a 17-10 loss against Buffalo in the Camellia Bowl to close out the season with three straight losses.
So who will Marshall be in 2021? The C-USA powerhouse who won the East Division, and briefly held a ranking in The Associated Press' Top 25? Or are they the team which was overmatched in the final three games, losing and failing to cover in any of the games?
It's a season of transition for the Thundering Herd, as head coach Charles Huff takes over for Doc Holliday, who did not get his contract extended after 11 seasons at the helm. It was a rather curious move considering he was the Conference USA Coach of the Year.
While the Herd have a new guy leading the team, a familiar face is back under center. QB Grant Wells is not only the best quarterback in C-USA, but he might be one of the best signal callers in the nation. That's the good news. The bad news is that two of his offensive linemen are gone, as is leading RB Brenden Knox.
The defense is lead by new coordinator Lance Guidry, and he will need to replace standout LB Tavante Beckett and DE Darius Hodge, which is a tall order. But the defense will have eight starters back, helping to ease the transition between regimes.
While Wells is a solid option, the Thundering Herd have a lot of question marks elsewhere, from the coaching staff and how they'll jell with the team, to the two biggest stars on defense needing to be replaced. Florida Atlantic will be nipping at their heels in the East Division, and those two teams have a huge showdown in Boca Raton on Nov. 6. Trips to Navy and Appalachian State in the non-conference portion of the schedule are troublesome, too.
The Thundering Herd should be able to rattle off nine victories, which would clinch the OVER. But last season the Herd was shut out by Rice, a team they should have dominated, proving no game is a slam-dunk win for a mid-major team, no matter how impressive in previous games or weeks.
Preseason Best Bet: Over 8 Wins (-125)
2021 Marshall Thundering Herd Schedule
Win Total Odds
Marshall Odds to win 2021 C-USA Championship
Marshall is a good bet to return to the C-USA title game for a rematch against UAB, but they'll need to hold off FAU. The best bet to win might be the Blazers, not the Herd.
Marshall Odds to Win 2021-22 College Football Playoff
Marshall isn't going to be a double-digit win team, not with this schedule. They're a good team, but not a great or historic team, and that's what it would take to become the first Group of Five team to crack the playoffs.
2020 Marshall Thundering Herd Betting Results
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