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    [2021] Big XII Network Week 5 Thursday Night Preview

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    Thursday Night


    :marshall: Marshall (2-1) at :ttu: Texas Tech (1-2)


    Five days after tearing up Boise State's defense to the tune of 246 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground in Texas Tech's first win of the season, Solomon McLaughlin will look to make it two in a row as the Red Raiders welcome Marshall to Lubbock. Marshall has had experience facing run-heavy teams before. New Mexico State's Shane Walker and Fred Hankins ran it 31 times for 128 yards and a touchdown; Florida International's Mayer Ewing and Gavin Copeland combined for 26 carries for 127 yards and a touchdown; only UTSA (15 carries for 60 yards, 1 TD) didn't make a serious effort at running it. How will the Thundering Herd adjust to that? Probably not well. They have a pair of solid defensive tackles named Watts (Bradley Watts and Jermon Watts), but not much of an edge rush and certainly not a good set of linebackers. Texas Tech has a great interior offensive line, and they should be able to impose their will on the Marshall front. The secondary is much stronger thanks to safeties Riley Goldberg and Kevin Faulkner, but Texas Tech doesn't really test opposing safeties basically ever. And if they can establish the run, why start now? On defense, Texas Tech will have to continue making an impact up front. Curtis Jones has been a wrecking ball, leading the Big XII with 4.5 sacks; the biggest challenge, though, will be Kahau Tupa'i lining up across from star center (and likely future NFL player) Shawn Cortez. Marshall's offense has operated in fits and starts. Cayden Gipson's been crucial, rushing for 111 against NMSU and 140 against UTSA. When he plays well, Marshall scores and Marshall wins; however, he also netted 44 yards on 18 carries in Marshall's loss to FIU. Brandon Adler's been a mixed bag: he was a total nonfactor against FIU with no scores and 2 picks on 13-26 passing; however, he's thrown 4 touchdowns to 1 interception in Marshall's two wins. The offense has tended to rise and fall in sync, and facing a defense like Texas Tech's will strain it across the board. I don't expect Texas Tech to have much trouble here.


    :ttu: Texas Tech 38, :marshall: Marshall 7

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