Pro-tip: When traveling to a night game in Murfreesboro, Tenn., from Charleston, driving there the day of the game is ill-advised. Bring coffee.
Regardless, we are in fact here at Floyd Stadium to watch Marshall face its third straight first-year conference foe in Middle Tennessee. As far as who’s here and who isn’t, no new or surprise deletions from the travel roster. Added were S Corie Wilson and RB Stew Butler. Butler is newsworthy, considering he didn’t travel with the team to his home state for the FAU game. Considering MTSU’s woes defending the run (95th in the FBS, allowing 195.4 yards per game), I’d be stunned if Butler didn’t get his share of carries tonight.
Before the season, I pegged this game as one of four that would decide just how happy Herd fans would be at season’s end. (VT, Ohio and Tulsa were the other three, but we removed Tulsa and added ECU.) The Blue Raiders have fallen back to earth after a 3-1 start, losing their last three. The offense isn’t great and the defense gives up a hunk of yards, but it’s good at getting turnovers, which could be an equalizer. Despite MTSU’s 3-4 record, this is quite an important game for the Herd. It’s never started the C-USA slate at 3-0, and a win would keep them ahead of East Carolina in the East Division standings as the two head toward their season-finale clash that should decide the East.
We’ll be on Twitter here and there tonight (actual print deadlines are in play), so go there for any more pertinent info. Otherwise …
Happy Start to the Second Half of the Season, y’all.