Conference USA Quick Previews For Week 13
Tulane (4-7, 2-5) at Marshall (4-7, 3-4)
Saturday, November 27
Kick-Off: 12:00PM ET
Location: Joan C. Edwards Stadium (38,019)
All-Time Series: Marshall leads 3-0
Last Meeting: Marshall 31, at Tulane 10 (Oct. 10, 2009)
Vegas Says: Marshall -9.5
Two teams seeking to rebound from the disappointment of having their post-season dreams – however fanciful and far-fetched they may have been - extinguished last week will meet this Saturday when the Tulane Green Wave faces Conference USA foes Marshall. Despite both teams harboring hopes for a bowl bid until last Saturday, the fact is the Green Wave and Thundering Herd have had very different seasons.
Coach Bob Toledo’s Green Wave has been inconsistent, as befits an inexperienced team all season. Tulane’s pattern has been to win one game and then lose two in a row all season. The Green Wave has been done in by a Maginot Line-esque rushing defense that has conceded 31 rushing touchdowns and is yielding 205 rushing yards per game. Tulane has been only marginally better on the offensive side of the ball, ranking 10 th in C-USA in both scoring and total offense with 25.1 points and 369.9 yards per game. Lively frosh running back Orleans Darkwa has been the Green Wave’s bright spot this season, rushing for nine touchdowns and 860 yards on 161 carries.
The Thundering Herd may not be going bowling, but they have shown plenty of signs that indicate postseason play is imminent. Doc Holliday’s squad may have started the season 1-7, but they have rallied down the stretch, winning three of their last four games, with the only setback being a 31-17 defeat at Southern Methodist last Saturday. The play of senior signal caller Brian Anderson has been the key to Marshall’s season. When Anderson is on, as he was during the three-game winning streak when he completed 58-of-95 passes for 693 yards and seven touchdowns to go with two touchdowns, the Thundering Herd win. When he is off, like he was in last week’s 31-17 loss to Southern Methodist, the Thundering Herd lose.
By: Tim Coyne
CUSA-Fans Staff Writer