Free College Football Picks: Marshall Thundering Herd at West Virginia Mountaineers 2011 NCAA Football Vegas Odds, Free Picks, and Expert Predictions 9/4/11: Former WVU linebacker now head football coach Doc Holiday will lead his Marshall University Thundering Herd on the road to Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium to take on first year head football coach Dana Holgorsen and his West Virginia Mountaineers on Sunday at 3:30 PM ET and can be seen on ESPN. Marshall finished a disappointing 5-7 last season never seeming to recover from the 15 point lead they relinquished to the Mountaineers at home to remain winless since the “Coal Boal” was revived. WVU brought in coach Holgorsen as offensive coordinator and “head coach in waiting” but some interal bickering hastened the process and he took over as Head coach sooner than planned. The Mountaineers finished 9-4 last season which after the Rodriguez area is not what the fans are used to and lost in the Champs Sports Bowl to North Carolina State 23-7. Coach Holgorsen is known for his high powered offense which he led to 3rd in the FBS with the Cowboys and has had a 700 plus yard game in 5 of his 6 seasons as an offensive coordinator. The odds makers at SBG Global have the West Virginia Mountaineers -23 point favorite at home against the Marshall Thundering Herd.

Playing in a weakend Big East Conference the Mountaineers are expected to get to a BSC Bowl and they have an experience leader on offense that has the talent to take them there. Quarterback Gino Smith lead the Big East in passing efficiency/quarterback rating at 144.7 as a sophomore. Smith completed 241 of 342 passes for 2763 yards and 24 touchdowns with just 7 interceptions as well as rushing for another 217 yards. West Virginia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Marshall. Vegas odds makers have the West Virginia Mountaineers +7500 to win the 2012 BCS National Championship.

Marshall is going through a rebuilding process under 2nd year coach Holiday and may go with freshman sensation Rakeem Cato at quarterback out of Miami, Fl. The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Marshall’s last 16 games on the road and Marshall is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games. Vegas odds makers have the over/under for the total score at 46 points combined of the Marshall Thundering Herd and West Virginia Mountaineers.

We are … Marshall .. I predict a MU cover, GO HERD!

Free College Football Picks and NCAAF Predictions: Marshall +23.5 to cover the pointspread

College Football: Marshall @ West Virginia
Date: 9/3/2011
Time: 3:30 PM EST on ESPN
Vegas Odds - Favorite: West Virginia -23.5 Total: Over/Under 55.5

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