South Florida (7-5) is the favorite against Marshall (8-4) in the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl at Tropicana Field on Thursday (December 20, 2018, 20:00ET).
The spread was first listed at only -2.5 points for South Florida. The over/under is set at 51.5.
South Florida QB Blake Barnett completed 62.1% of his attempts this season for 2,477 yards and 11 touchdowns. Jordan Cronkrite gained 1,117 yards from scrimmage and rushed for 9 touchdowns, averaging a solid 6.3 yards per carry.
All together, South Florida gained 442.8 yards per game and scored 29.2 points per game. The defense allowed 442.0 yards and 31.5 points per game, while Josh Black led the team with 5 sacks this season.
The Thundering Herd offense features QB Isaiah Green, who passed for 2,060 yards and 15 TD’s this season. Green completed 55.4% of his passes, good for a passer rating of 127.7. Tyler King ran for 1,095 yards and 4 touchdowns, averaging a commendable 6.1 yards per carry.
Altogether, Marshall averaged 384.5 yards per game and 27.4 points. The defense allowed 335.6 yards and 22.0 points per game. Ty Tyler scored 8 sacks this season.