Marshall should defeat Western Kentucky. Should be somewhat close, yet there should be no doubt.
The Thundering Herd should stop the run, make Mike White throw on every down and clock him multiple times. Make White’s 350 yards mean squat, in other words.
The Herd should run well, have a 100-yard rusher or two, and should pass efficiently. The protection will be there, as it has all year, as WKU’s pass rush isn’t knocking down doors.
This time, the Hilltoppers are legitimate underdogs. They have injury problems. Jeff Brohm isn’t walking into the Shewey Building visitors’ locker room on this evening — he’s trying to coax Purdue into beating Northwestern.
But somehow, everything can go awry. Another interception or three? Fumbles in the red zone? White sitting in the pocket, throwing for 500?
After watching three games of this rivalry, I see dominance. I see one side owning the other.
I’ve said it before: WKU-Herd has the strange look and feel of Furman-Herd back in the day. And after last year’s 60-6 catastrophe, I vowed to myself I would pick the Hilltoppers until Marshall does something about it.
Sorry, Herd fans, but I’m sticking to that vow …
WESTERN KENTUCKY 28, MARSHALL 27