Mar­shall over Colorado St by 1

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Like the Ducks, the Thun­der­ing Herd also en­tered 2017 on a ‘mis­sion’ as Doc Hol­l­i­day’s men posted just three wins last sea­son af­ter win­ning 33 games the pre­vi­ous three years. And if the Hunt­ing­ton Herd fol­lows the Mar­shall plan, then they should cap off the un­der­tak­ing with a vic­tory as they are 10-1 SUATS in their last 11 bowl games, in­clud­ing 8-0 SUATS against .580 or greater op­po­nents. We al­ready know about Con­fer­ence USA’s post­sea­son suc­cess (see Cure Bowl writeup) and now we can add that USA bowlers are 5-1 SUATS off an ATS loss ver­sus the Moun­tain West. In ad­di­tion, mis­sion bowl dogs of 6 or less points are 12-6 SU and 12-5-1 ATS. Mean­while, the Rams have been any­thing but tough down the stretch, rid­ing a 0-6 ATS los­ing skid which brings this lit­tle tid­bit into play: bowl fa­vorites off four con­sec­u­tive ATS losses are 6-13 ATS. Even worse, Colorado State is 6-14 SU ver­sus fel­low bowlers un­der head coach Mike Bobo and 0-3 SUATS on the al­leys since 2014, in­clud­ing a 61-50 set­back to Idaho last sea­son as 16-point chalk. With that, we’ll go guns a-blaz­ing with Doc Hol­l­i­day and com­pany as we call for the out­right win. ‘Plan’ ac­cord­ingly.

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