Game time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV
Where to watch: CBS Sports Network
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Marshall -4.5
BetMGM: Marshall -4.5
Caesars: Marshall -4.5
UAB: 6-3 (4-1 C-USA)
Marshall: 6-3 (4-1 C-USA)
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UAB - Marshall preview and analysis
UAB: won 52-38 vs. Louisiana Tech
Marshall: won 28-13 at Florida Atlantic
The race to play in the Conference USA championship game has taken a quick turn, and these two teams find themselves in the middle of it with three games to go.
The UAB Blazers will head to West Virginia on Saturday to take on the Marshall Thundering Herd, with not just both teams at 6-3 overall, but 4-1 in C-USA play. Marshall sits atop the East Division on a four-game winning streak with the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers; Marshall and Western Kentucky close the regular season at Edwards Stadium on Nov. 27 with the division title likely on the line.
UAB sits a game back of the No. 23 UTSA Roadrunners with those teams set to face off next week in what will determine the West Division. UAB has won three of four and is coming off a 52-38 win against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at home.
The Blazers trailed 21-7 early in the second quarter, and that was the time DeWayne McBride decided to take over. The star running back carried the ball 14 times for 210 yards and four touchdowns; all scores came after L-Tech took that two-score lead. McBride had touchdown runs of 20, 17, 35 and 29 yards while torching the Tech defense.
Quarterback Dylan Hopkins threw only 19 times (he didn't need to do much last week), throwing for 182 yards and an interception, but the UAB running game accumulated for all seven touchdowns on this day. The Blazers averaged eight yards per carry as McBride had 15 yards per touch.
This burst bodes well for UAB this week against a red-hot Marshall program that, while impressive, has been completely unable to stop the run this season. Surprisingly enough, it's the pass defense that has gotten Marshall to this point. Case in point, the Florida Atlantic Owls had 243 yards on the ground while N'Kosi Perry had 198 through the air and a touchdown.
All of that resulted in only 13 points for the Owls, while special teams and the run game got the Herd another victory. Marshall trailed 13-7 in the second quarter, but took a lead into halftime by way of two Rasheen Ali touchdown runs. Grant Wells' 65-yard touchdown pass to Willie Johnson in the third quarter was all the points they needed.
This is a battle between two overall solid defenses against two offenses that haven't shown much consistency when needed. In terms of defense, I'll give the edge to UAB because of how good the Blazers have been on the road. The rematch of last year's Conference-USA title game is going to have massive implications. UAB by 6
UAB is 0-6 ATS after outrushing opponents by 125 yards in the previous game.
UAB is 9-9 ATS following a straight-up win at home.
Marshall is 4-12 ATS in its last 16 as a home favorite, despite being 13-3 straight up.
Passing: Dylan Hopkins -- 1,473 yards, 11 TD, 4 INT
Rushing: DeWayne McBride -- 837 yards, 8 TD
Receiving: Gerrit Prince -- 471 yards, 7 TD
Passing: Grant Wells -- 2,858 yards, 11 TD, 11 INT
Rushing: Rasheen Ali -- 898 yards, 17 TD
Receiving: Corey Gammage -- 639 yards
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