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2021 College Football Preview: Over/unders for every Conference USA team

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VSiN’s 2021 College Football Betting Guide is now available for order. Get access to over 300 pages of information, including over/under picks for all 130 FBS teams and our experts’ favorite season win total bets right here.

Here is the 2021 CFB betting guide preview for the Conference USA.

EAST

Marshall

Uh-uh, that’s not how it is done. We’re talking about the removal of the highly successful Doc Holliday as coach after last season. The year admittedly ended on a bit of a downer with three straight losses after the Thundering Herd had opened the season with seven straight wins and surged to a No. 15 ranking. Without getting too far into the weeds, some forces above former athletic director Mike Hambrick wanted Holliday out despite his 85-54 record. Nick Saban disciple Charles Huff has taken the baton and has an almost brand-new staff, with offensive coordinator Tim Cramsey the only holdover. But Huff has never been a head coach, and we have seen this scenario blow up in schools’ faces before. 

Plenty of experience returns with 17 starters back, but QB Grant Wells ran aground in the stretch of his freshman season as the offense scored less than 8 points per game in the season-ending slump, and chop-busting RB Brenden Knox might be hard to replace. But we are intrigued by the high-pressure style Huff wants to employ with a unit that ranked tops nationally in scoring defense against a limited slate. 

Meanwhile, Navy, East Carolina and Appalachian State form a tricky trio of nonleague foes. Mostly, however, did the Herd really need to move on from Holliday, whose formula was working?

Pick: Under 7.5

Florida Atlantic

Among the many oddities of the 2020 COVID-19 season was FAU reaching a bowl game despite fielding one of the nation’s worst offenses -- 18.9 PPG, ranking 115th in scoring and having no discernible passing attack. With five wins in eight games, the Owls were awarded a Montgomery Bowl berth almost by default and were promptly noncompetitive in a loss to Memphis. FAU’s five victims won a combined 14 games, so the Owls’ “success” was a bit misleading. 

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