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Marshall vs. UTSA: Picks, best bets for Frisco Bowl on Friday

The Thundering Herd and Roadrunners meet in the Frisco Bowl.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 17 USF at UTSA Photo by John Rivera/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Marshall Thundering Herd face the UTSA Roadrunners in the Frisco Bowl on Tuesday, December 19. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET from Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

Marshall (6-6, 3-5 SBC) finished their season with a 35-21 win over Arkansas State to become bowl eligible. The Thundering Herd started their season 4-0 with wins over Virginia Tech and Old Dominion, but went on a five-game losing streak after that. Marshall quarterback Cam Fancher and wide receiver Caleb Coombes both entered the transfer portal and will not participate in the bowl game.

UTSA (8-4, 7-1 AAC) fell to Tulane, 29-16, in the final game of their season, just missing out on the chance to reach their conference championship game. The Roadrunners had wins over North Texas, South Florida, and Rice in conference play. They were led by quarterback Frank Harris, who finished the season with over 2,500 passing yards, 18 passing touchdowns, and eight interceptions. RB Kevorian Barnes added 698 yards on the ground.

Here’s everything you need to know and a pick for the bowl.

SP+ Rankings

Marshall: 94 overall, 78 offense, 96 defense
UTSA: 49 overall, 43 offense, 76 defense

List of injuries and players opting out of game

Marshall

QB Cam Fancher - Out (transfer portal, 2162 yards, 11 TDs)
WR Caleb Coombs - Out (transfer portal, 310 yards, 2 TDs)
TE Sean Sallis - Out (transfer portal, 5 receptions, 51 yards)
TE Cade Conley - Questionable (undisclosed)
QB Chase Harrison - Out (transfer portal)
WR Zion Odoms - Out (transfer portal)
RB Rasheen Ali - expected to play
QB Cole Pennington - expected to start (49-79, 437 yards, 0 TD, 6 INT)

UTSA

OL Makai Hart - Questionable (undisclosed)
WR Willie McCoy - Questionable (neck)
QB Frank Harris - Expected to start
WR De’Corian Clark - out for season (knee surgery)
WR Willie McCoy - Expected to start (head/neck)

ATS/Total

Against The Spread in 2023

Marshall: 4-8 ATS
UTSA: 5-7 ATS

Total in 2023

Marshall: Over 6-6
UTSA: Over 4-7-1

Team Pace

Marshall: 25.2 seconds per play
UTSA: 23.8 seconds per play

Odds at DraftKings Sportsbook

Spread: UTSA -8.5
Total: 49.5
Moneyline: UTSA -325, Marshall +260

Weather

50°F, Cloudy, 0% chance precipitation, 11 MPH winds

Our Best Bet for the Frisco Bowl

UTSA -8.5

UTSA was a much stronger team than Marshall this season, and with Marshall’s starting quarterback and one of their top wide receivers out, this should be a walk in the park for the Roadrunners.