UTSA vs Marshall Frisco Bowl Preview

UTSA vs Marshall Frisco Bowl Preview

See who we believe will win and cover in Frisco in our week one college football prediction for UTSA vs Marshall by reading on for betting odds and analysis.

  • UTSA ranks 33rd with a passing completion rate of 64.7%.
  • Its defense, Marshall’s, allows 117th few points.


The Marshall Thundering Herd will play host to the UTSA Roadrunners on Tuesday, December 19th at 9:00 ET. ESPN will broadcast this week’s opening CFB game from Toyota Stadium.The Roadrunners are favored by 9 on the point spread in this non-conference matchup. Is it wiser to take them on the spread, or is the Thundering Herd a better option? To see our recommendation, keep reading.


  • Sport: College Football
  • Teams: Marshall Thundering Herd vs. UTSA Roadrunners
  • Where: Toyota Stadium in Frisco
  • Date: December 19, Tuesday


After losing to Tulane 29–16, UTSA is hoping to get back on track this week. Nevertheless, after 12 games, they have an 8-4 record that is above.500. Prior to facing Marshall this week, the Roadrunners had been the underdog in two games and the favorite in ten. They have a 5-6-1 ATS record going into the match. Currently, UTSA has averaged 56.3 points per game in its 12 outings. As a result, the Roadrunners have an over/under record of 4–8.

Against Tulane, the Roadrunners completed 39 pass attempts for 198 yards and one touchdown. They gained one rushing score and averaged 4.4 yards per carry in the rushing game. Frank Harris, the quarterback, attempted 38 passes against Tulane in their most recent defeat. With 198 throwing yards at the end of the game, he completed 65.8% of his throws. He also had two interceptions during the contest.

UTSA’s defense gave up 269 yards in total versus Tulane by the end of the game. Tulane out-threw UTSA 238 to 238 through 36 throws. The Roadrunners gave up 31 running yards when they were on the ground. Entering this matchup, UTSA’s defense ranks 107th in terms of passing yards allowed per game. When facing the Roadrunners, opponents have attempted 34.9 passes on average. They rank 92nd in college football due to their 24.7 points per game against the opposition. They are ranked 60th in the NCAA for rush defense.


Marshall’s most recent victory over Arkansas State allowed them to tie their record at.500. With a 6-6 record entering this week’s clash, the Thundering Herd are currently in second place. Marshall has an ATS record of 4–7 based on his season-average scoring difference of -4.9. Five times, the Thundering Herd has been the favorite and five times, they have been the underdog. Marshall’s games have an average over/under line of 49.1 points over the past 12 games. These games have had an average total score of 51.4 points, giving OU a 6-5 record.

The Thundering Herd attempted 22 passes over the air against Arkansas State, accumulating 214 yards and scoring three touchdowns. They ran for two scores on the ground while maintaining an average of 5.3 yards per carry. QB Cam Fancher scored two touchdowns on the ground in addition to throwing three touchdowns in Marshall’s most recent victory. He completed 72.7% of his passes for 214 yards during the course of the contest.

In terms of defense, Marshall gave up 307 yards to Arkansas State. This includes surrendering 263 passing yards and 44 permitted yards on the ground. In terms of points allowed entering this week’s match, the Marshall defense is ranked 117th, allowing 28.2 points per contest on average. As of right now, the opposition has only managed 218.4 passing yards per game against them, ranking 83rd. Their 159.7 running yards allowed on the ground puts them 101st in college football.


Marshall has the advantage in this head-to-head series, winning four of the previous five games.

Marshall has a 2-1 record against the spread in the last three meetings between UTSA and Marshall, with an average score differential of 12 points per game.

The current lines in the point spread are quite near to the initial values, indicating that not much has changed. Right now, Marshall is at +9 (-112) while UTSA is the favorite by 9 (-109). With a moneyline payout of -347, UTSA currently has a 78% chance of winning based on the moneyline odds. On a moneyline of +264, the Thundering Herd’s projected win percentage is 27%.


  • UTSA has a 2-2-1 record away from home against the spread.
  • For their previous home games, Marshall is 0-3 ATS.
  • In their last ten games as the underdog, Marshall’s ATS record is 4-6.
  • When UTSA was favored the last three games, their ATS record was 2-0-1.

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