Marshall’s football team has again had lots of time without work to consider the state of affairs it will be going through as the Thundering Herd takes on Rice at noon Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
The Herd is ranked No. 15 in the related Press and Amway Coaches polls and has carried out its its maximum-ever spot within the college football Playoff ratings at No. 21.
instead, the focus is on a convention america championship, which has been the intention because the gamers reported on may also 20 for voluntary exercises amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
After 3 weeks among games, the Herd is keen to return to the sphere on Saturday and maintain its pursuit of that championship purpose.
Consciousness have to no longer be an trouble for the Herd because it gets set to take at the Owls.
Marshall was in a comparable scenario ultimate season and faltered, losing its next-to-remaining sport of the season at Charlotte, which knocked the Herd out of East division identify contention.
A win this week should clinch an East department title and berth in the convention US championship sport on Dec. 18, but that is contingent on Charlotte’s contest with Western Kentucky and a capability schedule change that could be announced this weekend by means of convention u.s.a. related to subsequent week’s contest.
If Marshall is to hold its best report typical and in convention usa, the Herd must get past a Rice team that has masses of expertise.
final season, Marshall went to Houston to take at the Owls, who had been 0-8 at the time. The Herd earned a hard-fought 20-7 win, however the players knew that team become better than its record indicated.
“This is a good football team. I don’t actually understand what happened [early] final 12 months, however I suppose they gained 3 games on the stop of the season. They commenced to put it together on the stop of the yr closing 12 months and they’ve got a variety of those men back.”
The Owls went on to win their final 3 games in 2019 to build momentum for 2020, and still have brought a game-changer in quarterback Mike Collins, a graduate switch from TCU.
“They have got a switch quarterback, Collins, who has are available and he’s gambling extremely nicely for them,” Marshall protecting coordinator Brad Lambert stated.
The biggest target has been Austin Trammell, who has 335 receiving yards and six touchdowns in only three video games.
For Marshall, quarterback grant Wells has been just as amazing with more than 1,six hundred yards passing and sixteen touchdowns with four interceptions all season.
The Herd also has the benefit of a stout offensive line that paves the manner for walking returned Brenden Knox, the reigning convention united states most valuable participant.