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Ohio vs. Marshall College Football Picks – 2009 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

by Reno Gold on Saturday, December 26th, 2009

Ohio vs. Marshall College Football Picks – 2009 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: After taking Christmas day off, the 2009 college football bowl action resumes at 1 p.m. ET Saturday, with the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. The Marshall Thundering Herd (6-6) of Conference USA will play the Ohio Bobcats (9-4) in this one and ESPN will provide television coverage. This will be the first meeting between the two schools since Marshall left the Mid-American Conference to join Conference USA in 2005.

College football picks oddsmakers list Ohio as 3-chalk and -150 moneyline favorites versus Marshall with a 48 total. Thundering Herd backers are getting +130 underdog odds on the BetUS.com moneyline board.

Ohio enters the game as the Mid-American Conference East Division Champions and will be looking for its first ever bowl win. The Bobbats feature three first-team All-MAC performers in linebacker Lee Renfro, kick returner Chris Garrett and punter Matt Weller. Ohio also boasts its all-time leader in career receptions in wide receiver Taylor Price.

Marshall counters with four first-team All-Conference USA selections. They are linebacker Mario Harvey, injured tight end Cody Slate, long snapper Sean McClellan, and kicker Craig Ratanamorn. The Herd will also benefit from the return of standout running back Darius Marshall who missed the last two games of the regular season due to injury. The junior has rushed for 1,054 yards and 11 touchdowns this season in only nine games and he ranks 13th in the nation in rushing yards per game with 117.1 ypg.

College Football Pick: We like the Ohio defense to prevail in this game. Take the Bobcats and give the -3 chalk.

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