In a battle for first place in Conference USA, the Marshall Thundering host the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders in a nationally televised showdown Friday night (7:30 p.m. ET).
Marshall is a 6.5-point sportsbook favorite and the over-under for total points scored is 52.
Before you pick a side, you need to hear what SportsLine Expert Mike Tierney has to say. Tierney is a national sportswriter whose work appears in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, but he is also one of SportsLine's winningest handicappers in every sport.
Tierney is having another strong college football season for SportsLine members, and he enters the week on an impressive 5-1 run (83 percent) with his point-spread selections!
Now, the seasoned handicapper has turned his attention to this important C-USA matchup and has analyzed all the key factors that will influence the outcome.
We can tell you Tierney leans toward the Over, but his much stronger play is on the side. He has unearthed the critical x-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. You absolutely need to see it before you lock in your own picks.
Who covers Middle Tennessee State-Marshall? And what critical factor decides the spread result? … Join SportsLine now to see which side you need to jump on Friday, from an accomplished analyst who's hitting 83 percent of his recent college football picks!