Last week, Marshall and FIU had to cancel their game due to COVID-concerns. As both teams lack aligning open dates, this leaves the 5-0 Herd with only three games left on their schedule. This is highly problematic, but it leaves room for opportunity, surprisingly.
Just look at this tweet by Nicole Auerbach:
Both the Thundering Herd and Cougars have an open date on November 28, and the matchup makes tons of sense. Of course, both teams are undefeated and ranked. Where they’ll stand in the College Football Playoff rankings then remains to be seen, but still it has the makings of a huge game. It could potentially launch either team into the top-12. With a loss by Cincinnati, an undefeated Marshall could find its way into the New Year’s Six.
Even if the Thundering Herd does not get BYU on the schedule, other options exist, particularly Army. The Black Knights have an open spot on Thanksgiving weekend as well, and could be just as good as a resume win for the Herd. Army is currently 6-1, and although they have played mostly weak opponents, they have done so in mostly impressive fashion, including a win over a solid UTSA team. Their only loss is to Playoff frontrunner Cincinnati. With Air Force, Tulane, and Georgia Southern left before the Army-Navy Game, the Knights could be 9-1 by Thanksgiving.
Of course, Marshall would probably need help to crack the New Years’ Six. Yet, with a quality resume that includes wins over App State and BYU/Army, if they fill their Thanksgiving weekend slot, they could have a strong case for a New Years’ Bowl.
While the cancellation of C-USA games and the presence of a light 8 game slate is not ideal, the constant changes of this pandemic-riddled college football season put Marshall at an opportunity to boost the resume of a strong season. But, if Marshall wants any chance at a New Years’ Six appearance, they need to act quickly to get a game to pad their resume.