Oddsmakers give the Appalachian State Mountaineers (4-4) the edge when they host the Marshall Thundering Herd (4-4) on Saturday, November 4, 2023 in a matchup between Sun Belt foes at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Appalachian State is favored by 3 points. The over/under for the game is set at 57.5.
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Mountaineers vs. Thundering Herd Game Info
- Date: Saturday, November 4, 2023
- Time: 6:00 PM ET
- Channel: NFLN
- Livestream: Stream NCAA football on Fubo and ESPN+
- City: Boone, North Carolina
- Venue: Kidd Brewer Stadium
- The Mountaineers have struggled defensively, ranking 19th-worst in the FBS (422.1 yards allowed per game) this season. However, they rank 18th-best on offense, totaling 459.0 yards per game.
- The Mountaineers own the 106th-ranked defense this season (30.9 points allowed per game), and they’ve been more effective on offense, ranking 24th-best with 34.4 points per game.
- Appalachian State is averaging 280.4 passing yards per game offensively this season (28th in the FBS), and is surrendering 218.4 passing yards per game (54th) on the defensive side of the ball.
- The Mountaineers have the 39th-ranked rushing offense this season (178.6 rushing yards per game), and they’ve been less effective on defense, ranking seventh-worst with 203.8 rushing yards allowed per game.
- Appalachian State is putting up a 41.6% third-down conversion rate on offense (53rd in the FBS), and ranks 86th on defense with a 40.2% third-down percentage allowed.
- The Mountaineers own the 74th-ranked turnover margin in college football at -1, forcing nine turnovers (67th in the FBS) while turning it over 10 times (73rd in the FBS).
Thundering Herd Insights
- Marshall is accumulating 372.5 total yards per contest on offense this season (80th-ranked). Meanwhile, it is allowing 384.3 total yards per game (80th-ranked).
- In terms of points scored Marshall ranks 88th in the FBS (24.6 points per game), and it is 89th on the other side of the ball (28.1 points allowed per game).
- From an offensive perspective, the Thundering Herd are accumulating 245.5 passing yards per contest (56th-ranked). They rank 36th in the FBS on defense (203.3 passing yards given up per game).
- Marshall’s defense has been a bottom-25 unit in run defense this season, allowing 181.0 rushing yards per game, which ranks 20th-worst in the FBS. On offense, it ranks 103rd with 127.0 rushing yards per contest.
- On offense, the Thundering Herd are a bottom-25 unit on third down, putting up a 30.6% third-down conversion percentage (11th-worst). Fortunately, they are excelling on the other side of the ball, ceding a 30.4% third-down rate (15th-best).
- After forcing 11 turnovers (41st in the FBS) and turning the ball over 13 times (109th in the FBS) this season, Marshall sports the 85th-ranked turnover margin of -2.
- Joey Aguilar has 2,173 passing yards in eight games this year, averaging 271.6 per game with a 62.5% completion percentage and 20 touchdowns (seventh in the FBS) against six interceptions.
- In addition to his passing stats, Aguilar also has 199 rushing yards (third on the Mountaineers), with two rushing touchdowns.
- Nathaniel Noel averages 5.1 yards per carry (126th in the FBS) and 92.4 yards per game, and has 647 total rushing yards. He has scored four rushing TDs this season.
- In the passing game, Christian Horn, has totaled 456 receiving yards and five touchdowns after pulling down 27 balls on zero targets. Per game, he’s averaging 57.0 yards and 3.4 receptions in eight games.
Thundering Herd Leaders
- Rasheen Ali has rushed for 11 touchdowns this year, and has put up 693 total rushing yards (99.0 per game and 5.1 per carry).
- On top of his impact in the run game, Ali has caught 17 passes (on zero targets) for 148 yards (eighth on the Thundering Herd), with one receiving touchdown. He’s averaging 21.1 yards per game.
- In eight games, Cam Fancher has 1,804 passing yards, while throwing seven touchdowns against eight interceptions and completing 65.6% of his passes.
- Fancher also has two rushing touchdowns and 138 rushing yards (third on the Thundering Herd).
- This season, Caleb Coombs has caught 28 passes for 260 receiving yards with two touchdowns through the air. He has been targeted zero total times and is averaging 4.0 receptions per game through seven games played.