Marshall Thundering Herd (6-0) vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (2-5)
Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm
*4 Star Play on Marshall* The Marshall Thundering Herd host Middle Tennessee State on the 50th anniversary of the tragic plane crash that killed 75 onboard in 1970.
Marshall has always really gotten up for the "75 game" every single year. This is a game that means a ton to the players and the entire community in Huntington, West Virginia. The quotes that have come out of that locker room this week certainly make you think that all eyes on this Saturday as a chance to make the community proud. I don't typically make wagers because of motivational factors, and that isn't the sole reason for this play by any means, still it is notable.
I will also note that Marshall has lost to MTSU the last two years and many of these players mentioned that this week as well. MTSU came and won here two years ago when MTSU was a very strong team. Marshall has a great chance to blow out MTSU here as the Blue Raiders program has fallen apart this season.
MTSU has already lost by 17 to North Texas at home, which is an ugly loss. They also lost 42-0 to Army and 47-14 against Troy.
Marshall has the best defense in Conference USA. The Thundering Herd are going to key in on O'Hara in the run game and try to make MTSU beat them in the passing game.
This is a mismatch and there are motivational factors involved.