The Marshall Thundering Herd (8-4) and the Connecticut Huskies (6-6) link up in the 2022 Myrtle Beach Bowl on Monday afternoon. Marshall will be playing in its ninth straight bowl game, but looks to snap a three-game losing streak in such games. These teams met in the 2015 St. Petersburg Bowl with Marshall coming out on top 16-10. This is the first bowl appearance since that point for UConn as the Huskies exceeded expectations in Jim Mora Jr.'s first year.
Kickoff from Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C., is set for 2:30 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Thundering Herd as 12.5-point favorites in the latest Marshall vs. UConn odds. The over/under for total points is set at 41.5, up 1.5 points from the opening line. Before finalizing any UConn vs. Marshall picks, you need to see the college football predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's advanced computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Connecticut vs. Marshall and just locked in its picks and Myrtle Beach Bowl 2022 predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are several college football odds and betting lines for Marshall vs. Connecticut:
- Marshall vs. UConn spread: Thundering Herd -12.5
- Marshall vs. UConn over/under: 41.5 points
- Marshall vs. UConn money line: Thundering Herd -480, Huskies +360
- MRSH: Under is 5-0 in Thundering Herd last five games following an ATS loss
- CONN: Huskies are 5-0 ATS in their last five non-conference games
- Marshall vs. UConn picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why Marshall can cover
Marshall plays outstanding and disciplined defense. The Thundering Herd ended the regular season ranked first in the Sun Belt in scoring (16.2), second in total offense (292.8), third in rush defense (88.8) and first in pass defense (204). Junior linebacker Eli Neal is one of the standouts. Neal has great awareness and instincts and is a tackling machine for Marshall. The Tennessee native leads the team in 88 total tackles with three sacks and two pass deflections. Neal has secured double-digit stops in three games this season.
Junior defensive lineman Owen Porter is a menace coming off the edge. Porter can win with speed and finesse. The West Virginia native is tied for 11th in the nation in sacks (9.5). He's logged at least a half-sack in five of his last six games. In his last contest, he finished with a season-high nine tackles and one sack. Senior defensive lineman Koby Cumberlander is another pass-rushing threat. Cumberlander has violent hands and is second on the squad in sacks (6.5). On Nov. 26, he recorded a season-high seven tackles with three sacks.
Why UConn can cover
The Huskies have playmakers at all three levels on the defense. Junior linebacker Jackson Mitchell is one of the most consistent contributors for UConn. Mitchell plays with amazing awareness and play recognition skills. The Connecticut native has been a reliable tackler, logging a team-high 133 total stops with 4.5 sacks and five fumble recoveries. He's finished with double-digit tackles in six games in 2022.
Senior defensive back Tre Wortham provides the Huskies with an impactful defender in the secondary. Wortham can line up in the box to help stop the ground game while being alert in coverage. The California native has 38 total tackles, five pass deflections and a team-best four interceptions. Junior defensive lineman Eric Watts has been a solid pass-rusher. Watts is relentless when pressuring the quarterback, logging a team-best seven sacks.
How to make UConn vs. Marshall picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Under on the total, projecting 40 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 60% of simulations. You can only see the model's pick at SportsLine.
So who wins Marshall vs. UConn? And which side of the spread hits in well over 60% of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its college football picks, and find out.