Marshall was 4-7 in terms of over/unders versus the NCAA point spread in 2007. Here are more numbers from the 2007 Marshall Thundering Herd. NCAA football point spread data shows that Marshall was at least respectable versus the spread in 2007. The top offensive player of the year according to NCAA point spread numbers was QB Bernard Morris. He played great in a 26-7 win over East Carolina that cost the Pirates the East Division. They started off poorly but won three of their final five games. Losing top DE Albert McClellan early in the season really hurt the team.
The 2008 season will be a key one for head coach Mark Snyder according to NCAA point spread experts. Things have not gone very well for Snyder after replacing Bob Pruett. He will need to find a replacement for quarterback Morris but does have a lot of returning starters according to NCAA point spread stats. Last season the Herd lost four games by a touchdown or less. They will be getting back McClellan and that will definitely help. Nine starters return on offense and defense according to NCAA football point spread numbers. McClellan should improve a defense that ranked 112th in the country in sacks according to NCAA point spread numbers. The Marshall defense was also last in the nation in forcing turnovers according to NCAA point spread numbers. Another terrible number defensively was that Marshall was 111th in the nation in third down defense according to NCAA football point spread numbers. Overall the defense ranked 108th in total yards allowed according to NCAA point spread numbers. They were 103rd in points allowed according to NCAA point spread data.
The offense will miss Morris as they ranked 29th in the nation in passing yards according to NCAA point spread numbers. Overall the offense was 44th in the country in total yards but only 78th in points scored according to NCAA point spread data.