HUNTINGTON, W.Va.— Rice head coach David Bailiff believes Marshall should be included in the same conversation with the likes of Texas A&M and Notre Dame.

The Owls faced the Aggies and Fighting Irish earlier this year and lost in similar fashion to the 24th and 18th ranked teams in the College Football Playoff rankings.

The rematch of last year’s Conference USA Championship game was supposed to be a close battle. Rice had won six in a row, was allowing fewer than three yards per rush in the six wins. The defense was only giving up 17 points a game over the course of the streak.

Yet, it turned into another Marshall blowout, as the Herd dispatched the Owls 41-14, rushing for 284 yards along the way. Devon Johnson averaged 7.4 yards per carry.

“We came here expecting to win. They out played us. We have played (Texas) A&M and we have played Notre Dame. Marshall is right up there with those guys,” Rice coach David Baliff said after the game. “They are explosive offensively and we couldn’t stop them.”

Marshall’s 581 yards of total offense were more than either Notre Dame (576) or Texas A&M (477) put up in wins over Rice.

More impressive was Marshall’s defense. The Herd allowed just 180 yards of total offense. The Herd’s Devon Johnson had more rushing yards, 199, than Rice’s entire offense. Compare that to Notre Dame, which allowed 367 yards to Rice and Texas A&M, which allowed 481 yards of total offense.

“I would put that defense right up there with Notre Dame and A&M,” insisted Bailiff. “They have a good solid defense that I don’t remember from a year ago.”

Notre Dame’s Everett Goldston threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns in the Fighting Irish’s 48-17 win over Rice, while Texas A&M’s Kenny Hill threw for 300 yards and four scores.

Rakeem Cato had 299 yards and four touchdowns Saturday night.

Rice wideout Taylor Jordan was forced to sit out games against Notre Dame and Texas A&M but echoed his coach’s assessment.

“I don’t see much of a difference at all. These guys are 21 in the country right now (in the Associated Press and Coaches’ Poll) and in my opinion should move up a little bit.”

Baliff expects to see the Herd in the top 25 Tuesday night when the Playoff Committee releases its new rankings this week.

“We came here expecting to win and we have a good football team. We didn’t play very well tonight, but Marshall is a good football team. They deserve to be ranked.”

 

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Comments

  • Herd98

    I literally laughed out loud to your post. WVU fans dont care lol. Actions speak louder than words Richard. Look at how many WVU fans post on MU articles, look at the attention Cato got from Morganhole when he went up, I think it's clear they care and cant stop talking about the Herd.

  • Ole Sasquatch

    His secretary?

  • Aaron

    Daniel Nehlen made $81,725.18 last year. Not bad to manage equipment.

    Keep trying though Ole dude.

  • JT in VA

    I'm a Marshall fan.....have been for years. My father and brother went there. My father also went to WVU. I have all the respect in the world for Don Nehlen. He was a fantastic coach and I believe he was the person that built WVU football. I have no hatred for WVU sports. I have been to WVU games in Morgantown and I wish Marshall could sell out. To have hatred for Marshall because others hate us is sad. It is ashame you can't think for yourself and make your own decision. I think it is great if WVU can go to a higher end bowl and Marshall too....it represents the state well.....

  • Ole Sasquatch

    Well, ah, ah yeah, what about Don Nehlen's son, he was equipment manager.

  • Aaron

    They made him the highest paid assistant coach in the history of WVU football.

  • Brian

    First off I was at the game. Maybe 20 or so booed him, and those were easily drowned out by fans giving him a standing ovation. Get your story straight before you try to indict. Secondly how the hell can you say anything about fan behavior???? Cato had to have an armed guard and do an I terview from a bus because your idiotic fan base made death threats!!!

  • rick

    Marshall is having a great year. The team is undefeated so far and nationally ranked. I would not trade Marshall for WVU's position anywhere or anytime. Our fan base is mostly alumni so why would be want to trade with anyone else...does not make any sense.

  • Ole Sasquatch

    Oh yea. Well what about Doc?

  • Brett

    I believe he is saying this Marshall team could compete in the Power 5.

  • WV Bud

    Been a WVU fan since I was a little kid. The Southern Conference days. Living in the eastern panhandle, I never managed to attend a Marshall game. But especially after the airplane tragedy, I started rooting for The Herd. I still do.My point is, not all Mountaineer fans dislike Marshall. My grandson attends WVU and could"nt understand why there was so many negative comments made about Cato being at Morgantown for game day,me neither. Speaking for my entire WVU family, Go Herd.Not many teams are undefeated.

  • JT

    Yeah, right!!! HAHAHAHA Those teams would blast Marsha!!!

  • Jay

    So he is saying we should be ranked where we are? ND and Texas A&M have a few losses and are ranked behind us in every poll but the one that counts.

  • Aaron

    I think the only thing worse than WVU fans posting on Marshall articles is alleged Marshall fans posting about WVU on Marshall articles. It's just sad. It's these type of nimrods that never show up at the games but claim to support Marshall. This team deserves better.

  • Luther

    I encourage you to visit the college rankings at ESPN. With the exception of weeks 9, 10, and 11, Marshall ranks higher than WVU in points/votes in each of the polls posted.

    After week 13, WVU is missing from the AP and USA Today polls and ESPN Power Rankings.

    Even with Oliver Luck on the playoff panel, WVU does not exist in the College Football Playoff Rankings.

    Sorry to burst your bubble.

  • Aaron

    West Virginia was asked to join the big 12 because of the respect they have nationally. They didn't have to spend six years of begging me to take them. People like you do Marshall no justice.

  • Larry

    There were no boos for Coach Nehlen only a standing ovation. The only boos were when Rice came on the field and when the young man from Rice was ejected form the game for targeting. And the Marshall player was lying motionless on the field

  • Hop'sHip

    Next, Coach, you'll tell us that you were wrong and we should have voted for the Democrats.

  • Luther

    Unlike WVU, Marshall would rather earn respect instead of joining a major conference an expect respect.

    Earn it, not choke it.

    Hey, WVU didn't lose this weekend...should we burn some couches?

  • Aaron

    As a bowl eligible in a league with plentiful bowl tie-ins, WVU will not be watching bowl season.

    It seems to me such a comment suggest inklings of an inferiority complex.

  • Aaron

    I'd be curious Luther on all you arrive at the conclusion that WVU "fanatics have a huge inferiority complex."

    If it is the comments on this particular article, I would suggest you review article over a period of time dealing with each University's football program with a concentration on spring ball stories and then tell me which fans have an inferiority complex.

  • Jason

    Would that mean we would acquire the classless out of control moronic fan base as well? That would be a deal breaker.

  • Luther

    Let me put this in simple terms.

    WVU burned the couches too early. Finish a season, win something big, and then burn the couches.

    It's not that hard...except for the premature ejaculators.

  • Luther

    WVU has no chance at even a little boy bowl.

    Have fun watching bowl season on TV.

  • Luther

    You might want to look up unwitting and self diagnosis.

    I understand that multisyllabic words are difficult for those that are not sincere.

  • Aaron

    Would WVU trade places with The Ohio State University, Notre Dame or Pitt? Your question is ludicrous, asinine and proves absolutely nothing.

  • Aa

    You're entitled to your opinion, which is obviously based in bias and ignorance no matter how wrong it is.

  • Aa

    How do you get that WVU didn't show RR love. They did everything they could to make him happy including upping his salary to $2 million when he flirted with Alabama the year before being told he could not have COMPLETE control of the football program and running off to Michigan. For you to imply RR wasn't shown love at WVU is either ignorance, revisionist history or both.

    Yeesh

  • BubbaGolf

    No. Don't care about them. How about the Buckeyes. I wish we played the blundering herd

  • Still Waiting

    I'm still waiting to hear all of these Marshall apologists say they wouldn't trade Marshall's place in the world of collegiate athletics with that of WVU's. And then explain why.

    What's that I hear? Crickets? That's what I thought.

  • Alonzo Croaff

    I graduated from Marshall with a Bachelor and Masters degree, but I have rooted and supported the Mountaineers since my youth, it really doesn't matter if you attended somewhere or not.

  • Richard

    Compete with every team in the country?? Are you kidding? You don't really believe that?? They couldn't even compete with every team in the state.
    This puts on full display for everyone who reads metronews the exact problem with Marshall fans- they're crazy

  • Richard

    Not true at all. Don N was a great coach and everyone loved and respected him. He'd still be there if he hadn't wanted to retire.

  • Roger

    A few boos from Marshall fans aren't nearly as disrespectful as the ones the WVU fans laid on him in his last few years of coaching.

  • Lee

    "Up there with Notre Dame and Texas A&M"... Kinda funny that they both will be out of the Top 25 this week, just like Marshall :)

  • Balding Dana

    No, I think you must be confused with the bowl game Wvusucks is going too.

  • Richard

    There were a lot of boos. You must not have been able to hear it over the massive crowd of maybe 20,000

  • Snowden

    I was at the game yesterday and I didn't hear any boos of Nehlen.

    Though it did make me curious: how much do Nehlen and Pruitt get paid by "Friends of Coal" for their appearances, like at yesterday's game?

  • Richard

    The problem is with you fine Marshall folks is that you think wvu cares about what you do. We really don't because we know the difference in where you play and the teams wvu plays. In your brains, you think football is football and if you win against the teams you play, then you are the same as everyone else who wins. You see, wvu doesn't hate Marshall. You are irrelevant to us. Your fans have made us hate you, but not because of your football team. It's because of your fans and their stupid logic. You are little brother and will always be so. You are sad and jealous to the core. It's really kind of sad because both teams should be able to support each other because wv is a small state who get enough ridicule without us doing it to each other. Many others that I know and myself used to root for both teams but you, Marshall fans, made it impossible to do so by doing the exact things you did the other day in booing Coach Don Nehlen when he came to support your team. And you treated him like dirt when he's never done anything to you. It's sad.

  • Vance

    Attended...code for did not finish. Now works at Wal Mart.

  • Richard

    Listen bubby, you are a fool if you think Marshall could beat wvu. Check your schedule and then check wvu's. If you honestly believe that Marshall has a better team, then you really are crazy.

  • Joe Jackson

    http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/11/13/7216365/marshall-record-projections-sec-acc

    Look at this then say the same thing. Too bad WV is so scared of MU beating them that they have to ask for concessions to the games. Head up, every year. Change venues every year. Great for the State, bad for WVU...

  • Uncle Unctuous

    That's an astute, albeit unwitting, self-diagnosis.

  • BubbaGolf

    I just checked the WVSSAC website for the playoff match ups. Huntington and Midland should be a good matchup.

    Didn't see who Marshall is playing. Do they play the winner?

  • Joe Jackson

    Guess u have not watched any MU games. Backups have played and done fairly well. Another good QB on the way..

  • Uncle Unctuous

    So how are things in the Land that Remedial English forgot?

  • Richard

    A little off subject, but what a classless display yesterday at the Marshall game. Coach Don Nehlen showed up for your game yesterday, with his friend bob Pruitt, dressed in Marshall green in support of your team. When he was introduced, your classless clueless fans booed him. And you talk about wvu fans being rude and wonder why wvu fans have grown to really dislike you.

  • Joe Jackson

    http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/11/13/7216365/marshall-record-projections-sec-acc

    Just follow the link, losers....

  • Joe Jackson

    http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/11/13/7216365/marshall-record-projections-sec-acc

    And u say what now?

  • Joe Jackson

    For all WVU fans, Please follow this link then give your honest, if possible, opinion....
    http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/11/13/7216365/marshall-record-projections-sec-acc

  • Mountaineer

    Wow how ignorant. It's WEST VIRGINIA not Virgina. Two totally different states ass clown.

  • Commenter

    Muschamp out at Florida, could Doc return to the sunshine state...

  • Reality Check

    Marshall doesn't have the depth to compete with these teams week in and week out. You're delusional even thinking that they'd have this many wins.

    Oklahoma a toss-up? You're kidding, right? With their offensive line and running backs you'd never see the ball. I'd hate to see what their D-line would do to Marshall's O-line. A win over Texas? That's laughable. Charlie's got them back on a roll now. A close loss to TCU? If the game only lasted one quarter. Maybe TT and MD this year would be toss ups if those were the only Power 5 teams on your schedule and early in the season. MD is beat up now due to the step up in leagues, so maybe you'd have a chance if you played them next week.

    So, to put it perspective for Marshall playing for championships in CUSA and D-1AA? The Cincinnati Reds or the Pittsburgh Pirates just winning their division? A huge story. The WV Power winning a SALLY League championship? Nice story locally but not so much. Just because the Power won a minor league championship doesn't mean they're going to beat the Reds or Pirates even in their worst years.

    It is what it is and you are what you are. Deal with it and ask yourself, would you swap Marshall's place in the world of collegiate athletics with that of WVU's? I doubt that I'd ever hear a Marshall fan say they wouldn't.

  • Ole Sasquatch

    You see, that Coach should know what he's talking about. We can't discount the jobs both Doc & Rich have done since the love wasn't shown here at WVU.
    We just have to try to move on and hope Dana can get us up there at least even with them. He's had a few more years than Rich. I'm holding on, but I must admit I have a tendency to look back, noting how much success they have achieved at their respective schools. It's something to ponder.

  • Drunk Dana

    Clit tricky would be throwing Hail Mary after Hail Mary hoping one connects while the D would look as hopeless as deforest after another special teams melt down. Not this year eerdiot.

  • Appikid

    Diddo! Proud of the HERD! And also Proud to be a Mountaineer!

  • FCP Committee

    At least they were actually there in the poll unlike some team whose green with envy I know of. Play somebody and win a relevant game sometime what don't ya?

  • Dana hair transplant

    Listen bubby. When's the last time WVU went undefeated??? Last year you fellas wanted to bring back Rich Rod who knew better than to stay and be mediocre at WVU. Congrats on finishing this year 6-6.

  • Luther

    Please, tell me what position the Mountaineers hold in any of the current rankings? Each started the season with the same expectation. WVU choked away their chances

    I have two degrees; one from Marshall (history) and one from WVU (education)...and I start my Master's degree at WVU this Spring after kicking butt on the GRE this Fall. WVU fanatics have a huge inferiority complex (an feeling of general inadequacy caused by actual or supposed inferiority in one sphere, marked by aggressive behavior in compensation). While I root for both teams I have to laugh at WVU fans with such unrealistic expectations, that when their team fails to meet those expectations, they have to cut down everyone.

    You, sir, are the one that is short in this debate.

  • Mountaineer 83

    Marshall couldn't beat WVU s second team
    Let's be realistic

  • richard

    Oh gee, where ever did you come up with that clever remark? Why don't you go to any given store dealing in college merchandise and ask them if Marshall or WVU merchandise sell out more quickly - including stores in the Huntington area.

  • Marshall Grad

    If I used vocabulary words such as:
    Undefeated, Top 20, play for championships, and college graduate!!
    I'm afraid you wouldn't understand what I'm saying. Sorry you didn't attend college :(

  • Obviously

    I can tell you went to Marshall based on your vocabulary.

  • Diamond Dave

    Well, considering WVU will never go undefeated, it's a moot point.

  • Andy

    You assume we are watching. We aren't, nor is anyone else...lol

  • Andy

    If you're that dense to think its that simplistic we can't have an intelligent debate. That's takes two people and I'm short one.

  • Andy

    The stupid oozes from your rambling.

  • me

    Kudos to The Herd! When Marshall wins it is a good thing for WV. Some of you Herd haters need to get over yourselves, as do WVU haters.

  • AAASemiFinal

    Question: When does Marshall travel to Wheeling for the AAA Championship game?

    Answer: After they beat WVU in the semi-final round of the AAA playoffs

  • Aaron

    I see the ignorant comments go both ways.

  • Aaron

    Alabama, loss
    Towson, win
    Maryland, win
    Oklahoma, toss up
    Texas Tech, win
    Oklahoma State, win
    TCU, loss but very close
    Texas, win

    At the very most, I see 3 losses.

  • Aaron

    "They DESERVE a spot in the play offs!"

    As one who has supported Marshall for a very long time, I have no problem stating that under the current play-off system, Marshall does not deserve to be considered for a play-off spot. Much of the evaluation of contenders is based on strength of schedule, to the point that an 11-1 OSU team will have trouble generating support, as will Baylor in jumping TCU, a team they defeated on the field. Playing the 126th toughest schedule in the nation does not warrant play-off consideration.

    It really is that simple.

  • CFP Committee

    Just start with game one and go from there. Shouldn't be too hard to figure out.

  • CFP Playoff Committee

    Just start with game one and take it from there. Shouldn't be too hard to figure out.

  • Indiana Mountaineer

    Marshall is best team no one ever heard of or cares about.
    Do you think WVU would be snubbed in poles if they were undefeated?....No because they play a tough schedule every year.

  • jay zoom

    congratulations to the thundering herd. WVU would love to have your record. WVU fans are just Jealous including myself. But credit is due when credit is due. Big bowl possibilities while Holgerson and company are looking at bowls that will cost them more to get to than they will earn. . then OLLIE will cry like a newborn baby wanting to be fed then he can raise the parking fees at the big dome WAKE UP OLLIE as long as WVU is in the big 12 we will be looking up at the pack as long as a dollar comes in you could careless

  • Aaron

    I questioned several friends at the game yesterday including an administrator at the University and none had any idea of an incident with a fan wearing WVU gear at the game as you claim. I've been to several games at Marshall, seen numerous fans wearing WVU gear and never seen a problem. Do you have anything to substantiate your claim?

  • Marshall Grad

    I wear Marshall because I actually attended there , you wear WVU cause u shop at Wal Mart.

  • Hailey

    Still waiting on one from you

  • Jay Dunlap

    Oh my gosh. You Mtn queers are just ate up with envy. I mean cum on. It's the best team in the state of Virginia.

  • Major Harris

    Coach, I'm right there with you! I was at that game and have been attending games for years. Its just the class Marshall fans have. You know... no throwing trash cans, urine, beer bottles, cussing out kids of the opponents, etc. I wish I would've went to Marshall. Oh well, I can wear my Herd gear proudly! The best team in the state!! Go Herd! #9

  • John b

    Good for Marshall and its WVU Graduate Head Coach Doc Holliday.

  • Luther

    WVU - Dropped from rankings.

    That's all that needs to be said.

    BTW, that's not watered down beer you're drinking, it's just your tears dripping into the cup.

  • Ivegotaherdon

    Let's be honest The Herd does not have a strong schedule but these fans from Southern Pennsylvania University don't have a leg to stand on considering they played all of those years in that power house conference The Big Least. What a joke. And now they play in the Canadian Football League where the entire conference plays no defense. Big 12 joke! Why don't you just extend the field and endzones so your defense can give up 900 yards in the air.

  • Big Larry

    Aaron...

    That is the most sensible thing I have heard you say in a very long time...

  • Tom m.

    Match em up against Mississippi State and see what happens.

  • Big Larry

    The WVU Marshall haters are "green" with envy...

    These people have deep seeded emotional problems that probably resulted from being dropped on their head as a baby...

    My advice to these Marshall haters is this...

    It is perfectly Okay to let your wife & children see you cry the next time Marshall wins...

  • Don Nehlen

    Thank you Steph7204

  • Lee

    At the Rice Game yesterday a WVU fan was there wearing blue and gold and started a fight. He was promptly escorted away by HPD. I don't get it, its good for the state when WVU wins its also good for the state when Marshall wins, since WVU is not getting a positive focus on West Virginia currently, (have you seen the headlines?) Marshall is proud to step up and keep our state in a positive light, Undefeated season, nationally ranked, new hall of fame, new practice facilities. Sure I don't think we can hang with an Oregon or an Alabama not many teams could, but give us a Notre Dame or a Texas A&M or a Longhorn for that matter we'll give it a try

  • steph7204

    Thanks coach!! Your sir are a true gentleman.

  • steph7204

    To all the haters out there: yes, Marshall needs to strengthen their schedule and play some "big boy" teams to get true respect nationally. However statistics don't lie. The Herd is a power house this year on both sides of the ball. They DESERVE a spot in the play offs! As far as WVU is concerned, I support and root for both teams since I am a born and bred West Virginian. Although they don't want to "waste" a spot in their schedule each year to play Marshall and continue the Friends Of Coal Bowl, they sure do spend a lot of time thinking about and spouting hate about Marshall. Its sad and shameful. I would have loved to see a game between them this year because I know without a doubt Marshall would have whooped their ass! Then they would really have something to whine about!

  • Don Nehlen

    I had the biggest Herd on at the game yesterday with my good friend Bobby. This team would spank any WVU team that I coached. We couldn't win a bowl game to save my life. I'm so thankful to be a MU fan. Go Herd or go home.

  • Allan

    Several top 25 teams lost. MU could be in the top 25.

  • Ted

    Just like Miami is proud of FSU or Florida. A lot like Texas cheers for Texas A&M. Wait, that doesn't happen either.

  • Jeff

    Well other teams leave their starters in until the end probably because they are playing another top 10 team and the game is close. MU played Rice...not the same.

  • Jeff

    Talent goes a long way. MU does have some high caliber players, mostly because they allow non-qualifiers but imagine a team full of 4/5 star talent. They match up at every position. Scoring and stats will not be the same against a top team.

  • Jeff

    Then why respond or post stuff about WVU?

  • Bwahahahahha

    Bwahahhhahahaaaabwahhha...oh my...bwahahhhhhaaa.

  • Jason

    Exactly. The score just gets out of hand so fast, you don't put backups in to start the 3rd qtr. regardless, this men playing D1 football, not 6 year olds, nobody needs to spare anybodies feelings. Ask the New England Patriots about playing starters. Everybody has a job to do.

  • Jason

    MU guy. The ones that post on here care because when MU does well they feel threatened that the MU program is going to steal some of wvu's in state Thunder. Other than that they should either wish MU well or just be indifferent and not care.

  • Beachwineguy

    Yes, Marshall's schedule is easy, but hey have beaten everyone with ease. It hasn't been a three point squeeker that takes a fluke play. They have one of the top scoring offenses in the country. They have the largest scoring differential in the country. If you only think they have Cato, then you haven't been paying attention because Devon Johnson has the highest yards per carry average in the country. They would win against anyone ranked 15 or below, and would definitely give much of the higher ranked teams a great game. Here's hoping the Herd gets to one of the Championship Series Bowls so they can show everyone who is the real team from West Virginia.

  • Jason

    100% accurate assessment. I think their starters can play with anybody. Depth, especially in the trenches, may be the only weakness against a top 10 team. I think Marshall is about a #15 team right now.

  • William

    Marshall's schedule is laughable, laughable, laughable........

    Note what happened to Nebraska yesterday when they finally ran up against one good team. They got slaughtered!

    Can you imagine Marshall playing in a conference with teams that have BIG O linemen? Yeh, that's right. They too would get slaughtered. And, as one person here said, it does have nothing to do with WVU. Marshall would get creamed if it played in a "big boy" conference and everyone except for the dozen or so Marshall fans knows that......

  • Stan the Man

    West Virginians were Mountaineers long before WVU. Any true Mountaineer should wish Marshall the best and be just as proud of them as that team from Morgantown.

  • Indiana Mountaineer

    Your article is exactly right - Marshall is same as Texas A&M and Notre Dame - both out of the top 25 after this week. Marshall needs to schedule tougher competition if they want recognition, it si that simple. It is goign to be even harder for a non-super five conference team to get ranked, as the stakes are higher now that the playoffs are in place. I am sure Marshshall has a good team, but forget about any top ten ranking with that schedule (rated one of easiest of all teams playing).

  • Aaron

    I watched the game for about a half before switching to Mississippi State/Alabama and I have to say, I was impressed with the team. They have a talented offensive line, a sound running game, an aggressive defense that gets after the ball and it's all tied together by an outstanding QB.

    If there is a weakness it is in depth and the lack of a deep threat. They are an outstanding football team and barring a catastrophic injury, would play with any team on any given Saturday.

    I see a lot of jealously here from WVU fans and I don't get it. WVU's season has nothing to do with Marshall so why begrudge them there success. As to the comments regarding the records, that is simply an asinine comment that lacks no foundation other than petty jealousy and ignorance.

    There's my 4 cents on this subject.

  • RB

    Congratulations Marshall! Go Herd!

  • Aaron

    Who and why?

  • BlueNGoldnotGreenNWhite

    When does Marshall travel to Wheeling for the AAA Championship game?

  • FNP

    Marshall is gonna get blasted if they make it to a big boy bowl.

  • Bob Pruett

    That's great. marshall is right up there with a 7-4 team and a 7-3 team - both who lost to unranked teams today and will likely also be unranked when the new playoff polls come out Tuesday. Yep. Go herd. Quit whining and play some real teams. Better yet, just go back to 1-AA so you can be in the playoffs that you deserve each year.

  • Coach

    None of this has anything to do with WVU and the schedule that they versus that if Marshall's. Nobody would expect Marahall to run the table versus any one of the big 5 schedules. However, they would win a lot of them this particular year. The unfortunate thing is Marshall has nobody at all on their schedule this year. In past years when Boise was the team, they had games against some good teams from the power conferences and won those games making them have a very legitimate argument for a BCS Bowl game. Marshall can make no claim to that this year despite having a team that can compete with every team in college football this year. What a job Doc is doing in Huntington and what. Player Cato is!

  • Pgheer

    Same level as 7-4 Texas A & M or 7-3 Notre Dame lol. Exactly if they played same schedule they would be very lucky to be .500

  • Matt

    Anybody that has actually watched a Marshall game this year and is saying that MU leaves the starters in the entire game to run the score up is an absolute idiot. It is obvious these are WVwho Trolls because our backup QB probably has more snaps than any other backup QB in the nation.

  • Rich Osburn

    He compared us to a&m , and notre dame, because they are ranked (unlike wv), and rice played them.
    Wvu fans act like middle school bullies trying anyway possible to pick a fight.
    This is a disaster season for wvu, team, school, town , and students.
    Reputation worse than it ever was.
    Wvu ...the most hated fan base in college sports.

  • muguy

    Wow! Since when is taking your starters out in the late 3rd or 4th quarter that late? I swear we could play the hardest schedule in the country and still we would have people saying if we played WVU's schedule we would be 3-9. I NEVER post on a WVU article. Why do WVU fans even care is beyond me. Please somebody explain why they care so much? I just dont get it i could care less.

  • WestByGod

    Laughable at best, Marshall would have 6-7 losses playing WVU's schedule this year.

  • WV Grad

    Show 'em herd!

  • Tell your Mom I said hello

    An article about how Marshall might actually be good and here come the haters...please quit worrying about our team and worry about your own. GO HERD!!!

  • early cuylers

    "MU always leaves the starters in until late so they can make the score look better."

    LOL...Pot meet Kettle.....

  • Jason

    Question. How do you "make it seem like the win was big"? If the win was big, wasn't it just a big win?

  • Jake

    MU always leaves the starters in until late so they can make the score look better. ND and A&M either didn't throw the ball, subbed the starters out, or ran the majority of the 4th.

  • Kenny

    I really wish WVU was better this year so they could play MU in the Fiesta or Peach bowl. Well at least they are bowling this year, congrats.

  • Ben

    MU is tired too....they leave the starters in for most of the game to make it seem like the win was big.

  • JJ

    TCU will be in the playoff, MU will not. Beat the team that beat the team that almost beat the team. Comparing another teams sched to MU is laughable. TCU has played several top 25 teams and several teams in a row period. When you actually play someone every week, you get tired.

  • Matt

    Please. Maybe in the future they will play a schedule that will prove it.

  • Lucky

    Yes

  • Licky

    Then bring your team on - we're good

  • Geoff

    Maybe they're as good as TCU team who barely squeaked by a terrible 3 win Kansas squad.

  • Linked In

    Maybe this guy said that because he has a job offer from that PR firm CUSA hired to pimp Marshall. Pretty sure he'll be looking for a job at season's end.

  • Holgslover

    Trolls...

  • Coach

    Yep I guess they are as good as the Texas A&M that got beat 59-0 and Notre Dame who got beat at home today by Northwestern. Oh brother.

  • John

    Ok, as good as nortre dame who just got beat by northwestern and as good as Texas A&M who has what three losses? Is this a compliment?