Marshall Thundering Herd vs UCF Knights – NCAAF : The Eagles have started to play better after a miserable start
Marshall Thundering Herd vs UCF Knights – Marshall recovered from a poor start to the season (3 losses in 5 games) by winning 6 of the last 7 games played and they closed out with an 8-4 record.
With that, they’ve finished in 2nd place of the Eastern Conference, only behind Florida Atlantic.
The sophomore quarterback Isaiah Green was one of the biggest responsible for their positive record at the end of the season.
He not only led the team in passing yards, he was also the 3rd player with most running yards and the 2nd with more touchdowns. He had 2265 passing yards, with 14 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.
Thundering Herd’s attack is focused on the running game. They gain on average 195.6 ground yards per game, which is the 35th best mark in the FBS. The running back Brenden Knox leads the team on running yards and he has 11 TD’s.
He conquers on average 5.3 yards per run. The defence allows on average 23 points and 362 total yards per game.
The main player of the unit is the cornerback Chris Jackson, that will have the task of marking the wide receiver Gabriel Davis, who is currently suggested to be a 2nd day pick on the 2020 NFL Draft.
Marshall is a program that has an excellent record in Bowl Games. Throughout their history, they’ve played 15 of them, winning 12 and losing only 3. Since 1997, they have a 12-1 record on the Bowl Season.
Under the lead of the head coach Doc Holiday, they still haven’t lost: six victories and zero losses. Will they be able to cause an upset in Florida?
Central Florida are favourites to win the Gasparilla Bowl, much due to their campaigns in previous years, when they’ve played important year-end bowls against Auburn and Louisiana State.
The leader of the attack is the quarterback Dillon Gabriel, that even being a “true freshman”, threw for 3393 yards, 27 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions.
The backfield is led by the duo Otis Anderson and Adrian Killins. Together, they’ve ran 1294 yards and scored 12 TDs. Their attack scores on average 43 points (6th best in the FBS) and they pick up 536.6 total yards (4th), with 216.6 of them being running yards (21st).
Winning the turnover battle is essential for UCF. On the 9 victories this season, they’ve had a positive margin (+9), while on the 3 losses they ended with a negative margin (-7).
In all of their defeats, they were losing the turnover battle. Ahead of them, they will have the potent pass rush of Marshall, that is capable of putting pressure on any offensive line from the FBS.
Dillon Gabriel will have to take good care of the ball, as they’ve been doing for the last couple of games: with only 2 interceptions on the last 6 games.
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The Knights’ defence allows on average 22.8 points and 344.8 total yards per game and they are one of the best pass defences. The opponents are able to get on average only 200 passing yards, and that is the 31st best record in the country.
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