This blog post is rated “M” for “My car is thanking my it doesn’t drive to West Lafayette this week, because it doesn’t want this blog post rated ‘M’ for ‘Mechanic.’”
The Herd returns to Huntington this week for a pivotal conference game versus Tulsa. And what numeral combinations will have the stat junkies talking this week?
2008 — The last year Marshall started a season 2-0 in the conference. The Herd can do it again if it beats Tulsa this week. Yet it’s not exactly a barometer for success. The Herd won just one Conference USA game after that and finished the season 4-8.
42 — The number of points Tulsa averages this year, tops in C-USA.
41 — The number of points Marshall averages this year, No. 2 in the conference. I said I would tell you to take the over again this year, but …
244.8 — Tulsa’s rushing yards per game, No. 1 in the conference. Now, that could mean the Golden Hurricane has the ability to grind out long drives and milk the clock. And yet …
10 — The number of seconds difference in the two teams’ time of possession. Tulsa averages 28 minutes, 46 seconds a game. Marshall averages 28 minutes, 36 seconds. Tulsa may milk the clock at some points, but it looks like Marshall will get enough at-bats on offense to do what it does best.
0 — The number of teams behind Marshall in the Football Bowl Subdivision in scoring defense. The Herd is last, allowing an average of 44.4 points per game.
9 — The number of points the Herd allowed to Purdue in the second half of last Saturday’s 51-41 loss. So the defense has it in it to slow teams down. It just needs to do it all four quarters.
And finally …
0 — The number of hurricanes reported in Tulsa. Here’s the story behind Tulsa’s nickname. I get it. Still doesn’t make sense, though. Yet it’s better than “The Kendallites.”