MAR­SHALL over Kent St by 11

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

No, this ain’t your daddy’s Mar­shall foot­ball team. On the heels of an eye­pop­ping 33-8 SU run over three years, head coach Doc Hol­l­i­day saw his squad plum­met to a 3-9 record in 2016. This sea­son isn’t go­ing much bet­ter. The Herd was beaten ev­ery­where but the score­board by Mi­ami Ohio in Week One and the Mar­shall of­fense was shut out in the 2nd half of last week’s loss to NC State. At least the vis­it­ing Golden Flashes have had their share of trou­bles as well, be­ing sac­ri­ficed to Clem­son to open the sea­son, then get­ting out­stat­ted by Howard in 38-31 win last week (the same squad that pulled off the largest pointspread up­set win in his­tory the week prior at UNLV). We nor­mally love fad­ing teams like the Herd that start off 2-0 ATS but 0-2 In The Stats but we can’t trust a Kent State de­fense that’s al­lowed 87 points and 1,117 yards in their ini­tial two con­tests. Flashes HC Paul Haynes al­ready looks to be a goner at sea­son’s end (13-36 SU over­all) and if Doc doesn’t coax a bet­ter ef­fort from his team soon he’ll end up in tomb­stone ter­ri­tory, as well. Do what you want but we’re tak­ing a pass here.

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