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Merry Christmas! Time to unwrap a college bowl gift that is the matchup between the Marshall Thundering Herd and the Buffalo Bulls. We'll examine tackling this game via the unique Showdown format.
Marshall vs. Buffalo (-4.5) O/U: 54
This is an intriguing match-up in Montgomery, Alabama between Marshall (7-2) and Buffalo (5-1), a couple of teams who were in the elite tier of their respective conferences this season. If this game was played a few months ago, Marshall likely would have been favored, but they have dropped two in a row against Rice and UAB. In those two losses, Marshall's offense was a no-show with a total of 13 points, including a zero against Rice. On the flip side, the Thundering Herd's defense has been legit all season while giving up just 12.6 points per game. Some of their stats are insane when you consider they gave up just four rushing touchdowns (ranks first in the nation) and eight passing touchdowns (ranks 19th in the nation) in their nine games. That will be a tougher test for Buffalo who is coming off their only loss of the season, faltering 38-28 to Ball State in the MAC title game.
Both of these teams feature their run games and the favored Bulls actually have the worse defense when comparing the two squads. There's also reason to believe that the C-USA is a tougher conference than that of the MAC, so I do think there's a sneaky way to look at