The Purdue Boilermakers will be looking to end a six-game SU losing streak in which they covered the spread just twice when they play on the road against the Marshall Thundering Herd on Sunday in their season opener.
It was yet another dismal season for the Boilermakers last year after they finished with a 1-11 record in 2013. Purdue showed promise with a 3-3 SU start in 2014 before beginning their losing slide, but were a respectable 6-5-1 ATS overall.
The Thundering Herd saw a perfect regular season spoiled last year by a 67-66 overtime loss to Western Kentucky in their finale, finishing the season with a strong 13-1 SU record, 8-5-1 ATS, to claim their first Conference USA championship.
Sunday’s Boilermakers vs. Thundering Herd matchup at Joan C. Edwards Stadium will be just the second time these two teams have met. Purdue earned a 51-41 win in their only other meeting, back in 2012, but failed to cover as 17-point home favorites.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Betting fans looking to back the visiting Purdue Boilermakers in this one found them as -2.5-point favorites on the opening college football point spread at TopBet. Bookmark the college football odds pages to see where the over under number opens in this game.
Odds – VSB
prediction models pick the Thundering Herd to win this game on Sunday 30-21. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.
Purdue Boilermakers vs Marshall Thundering Herd Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Marshall Thundering Herd currently sport a record of 13-1, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 8-5-1 ATS. The Purdue Boilermakers are 3-9 and 6-5-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Marshall Thundering Herd post a 7-6-1 over under record this season, while the Purdue Boilermakers have gone 6-6 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Marshall vs Purdue injuries news.
The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Marshall Thundering Herd at No. 3 and the Purdue Boilermakers at No. 104 heading into this contest.
The game also pits Marshall’s No. 3-ranked offense, averaging 45.57 PPG, against a Purdue defense that ranks No. 99 this week at 31.67 PPG. The Marshall aerial game is averaging 287.29 yards per game, more than the Purdue Boilermakers secondary allows through the air, 221.92 YPG per game.
In comparing defenses, the Purdue Boilermakers own the league’s No. 124-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 296.2 yards per game when on the road. Marshall, on the other hand, rates No. 15 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
In their last game, Purdue got a 171-yard performance from Akeem Hunt, but Indiana prevailed 23-16.
Northern Illinois didn’t make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Thundering Herd as Marshall blasted them 52-23 in Boca Raton Bowl action.
- Purdue is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- Purdue is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
- Purdue is 4-6-2 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
- Purdue is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games on the road
- Marshall is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games
- Marshall is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games
- Marshall is 10-3-1 ATS in its last 14 games at home
- Marshall is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Purdue home to Indiana State, Saturday, September 12th
Marshall at Ohio, Saturday, September 12th