Taking a look inside the numbers today:
Marshall is currently ranked 62nd in the Real Time RPI. Middle Tennessee State is ranked 111th.
Marshall is ranked 27th in scoring offense at 36.2 points per game. Middle Tennessee State is ranked 86th in scoring defense, giving up 29.9 points per game.
Marshall is ranked 14th in scoring defense, giving up 18.3 points per game. Middle Tennessee State is ranked 98th in scoring offense, putting up 22.6 points per game.
Marshall is ranked 34th in sacks, at 2.5 sacks per game. Middle Tennessee racks up around 2.57 sacks per game which puts them at 30th in the country.
Marshall is 41st in the country in total offense, racking up 450.3 yards per game. Middle Tennessee's defense gives up 450.4 yards per game, good for 101st in the country.
Marshall's defense allows 301.5 yards per game. This puts the Herd at 10th in the country. Middle Tennessee puts up 341.7 yards per game, good for 104th in the nation.
Marshall has a turnover margin of plus 2, which is an average of plus .3 per game. Middle Tennessee is doing very well in causing turnovers and not turning the ball over. The Blue Raiders have a turnover margin of plus 6, at .9 per game which puts them at 18th in the country.
Marshall struggled against Ohio early in the season in a close loss, one of the primary issues was Ohio able to extend drives with third down conversions. Since that time, the Herd has really stepped things up in that regard. Currently Marshall's defense is 15th in the country allowing opponents to convert third downs only 30.7 percent of the time. Middle Tennessee is 38th in the country in converting 3rd downs on offense at 45.5%.
Conversely, Marshall converts third downs into first down 50% of the time, which ranks the Herd 14th in the country. Middle Tennessee State's defense allows opponents to convert third downs 55.3% of the time, which is next to last in the country.
If Marshall is able to convert third downs, which the numbers show that they should, the Herd should be able to come away with a big CUSA road win.
Marshall enters the game 4 -2 overall and 2 – 0 in CUSA play.
Middle Tennessee State is 3 – 4 overall and 1 – 2 in CUSA play. MTSU has beaten FAU, and lost to ECU and North Texas.
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