The weather in Houston for this inaugural Conference USA title game for both Marshall and Rice can be most diplomatically described as “brisk.”
The temperature is currently 36 degrees, but there’s no ice storm like in Dallas or, apparently, most of West Virginia, so we’ve got that going for us, which is nice.
I’m curious as to whether this weather will benefit either team. The average high for this day in Houston is 64 degrees and, according to the almanac, has been as high as 84. I’ll bet the wind that’s blowing around the flags at Rice Stadium will benefit neither the Owls nor the Thundering Herd.
(In terms of whether the weather will keep away fans, weeeellllll … we can’t really say for certain if it has to do with the weather or it has to do with the fact that no one comes to Rice football games. That said, there are a few tailgate spots in the lot across from the press box, including a Marshall tent. Those are some intrepid travelers to make this trip.)
There’s one significant omission to the travel roster this week, though it’s really no surprise. Kevin Grooms, arrested last Saturday, is not here today. The carries go to 1,000-yard rusher Essray Taliaferro and speed demon Steward Butler.
I’d say this game is for C-USA’s berth in the Liberty Bowl, but, as my esteemed boss Chuck McGill wrote earlier this week, that may not be the case. Marshall might head to Memphis, win or lose.
A reminder, this game is on ESPN2 at noon ET. According to my Twitter feed, ESPN hasn’t exactly done a bang-up job of promoting it. (I’m pretty sure the C-USA’s title game is the only remaining conference property ESPN has the rights to. You’d think, even under those circumstances, they’d try to build a viewership.)
That looks like everything from here, folks. I’m Twittering @derekredd throughout the game if anything else comes to light. Otherwise …
Happy Conference Championship Day, y’all.