Marshall vs James Madison prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 8, Saturday, October 22
Marshall vs James Madison How To Watch
Date: Saturday, October 22
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Bridgeforth Stadium/Zane Shower Field, Harrisonburg, VA
How To Watch: ESPN+
Record: Marshall (3-3), James Madison (5-1)
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Marshall vs James Madison Game Preview
Why James Madison Will Win
What the heck happened to Marshall?
It stunned Notre Dame with a brilliant defensive performance, three takeaways, and a ground game that stepped up and dominated, and … poof. It all went away.
The defense is still solid against the run, but the offense can’t seem to find any semblance of a groove. It couldn’t do anything against the great Troy defense, it couldn’t stop screwing up against Bowling Green, and last week it simply couldn’t move against Louisiana.
It’s not going to start running against the best run defense in the country. James Madison has allowed a grand total of 217 rushing yards so far this year and gave up just 12 against Georgia Southern last week.
Why Marshall Will Win
James Madison finally dropped its first loss of the year because Georgia Southern threw for 578 yards in a while shootout that was almost as fun as that Alabama-Tennessee thing.
As good as the Dukes are they’re not above turning it over, giving it away four times in the loss. Marshall needs to feed off that.
For all the problems and issues, the Herd have generated multiple takeaways in four of the six games, winning three of them.
Now the Herd have to get the passing game going and …
What’s Going To Happen
A few takeaways will keep Marshall in the game, but it’s not running on the Duke defensive front, and there isn’t enough of a passing attack to make up for it.
Marshall won’t be a total pushover, but James Madison will make up for last week’s gaffe.
Marshall vs James Madison Prediction, Line
James Madison 26, Marshall 13
Line: James Madison -12.5, o/u: 51
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Marshall vs James Madison Must See Rating (out of 5): 2
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