The prognosticators still have Marshall bowl bound, but there’s a little bit of movement as to where they think the Herd will go, as you’ll see below:
Mark Schlabach (ESPN.com) — Hawai’i Bowl vs. Utah State
Brad Edwards (ESPN.com) — Military Bowl vs. Virginia
Jerry Palm (CBS Sports) — Liberty Bowl vs. Missouri
College Football News — Liberty Bowl vs. Arkansas
Sporting News — Heart of Dallas Bowl vs. Illinois
Schlabach had Marshall in the Liberty Bowl last week, but I guess he saw some things he liked with East Carolina to move the Pirates into the C-USA champion’s slot. He has Marshall headed to Honolulu (aka the “Redd Needs a Telethon to Cover the Game” Bowl). Palm and CFN still favor the Herd in the conference title race.
Sporting News is a new entrant into the mix (mainly because, when I looked there last week, I inexplicably didn’t see Marshall in any bowl). The Herd is in Sporting News’ lineup, but agrees with Schlabach that the Pirates will win the conference crown and reach the Liberty Bowl. A New Year’s Day game in Dallas against a Big Ten team isn’t a bad consolation prize, though.