Ohio (9-4) vs. Marshall (6-6)
Dec. 26, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Marshall will either be playing this bowl with a new head coach or an interim coach after Mark Snyder resigned following the season-finale loss to UTEP last week.
It’s hard to know whether the Thundering Herd will even be excited to play this game, especially against a tough Ohio team that just won the Mid-American Conference East Division and played tough against Central Michigan.
Marshall’s running game is its bread and butter. Darius Marshall leads the team with 1,054 yards and 11 touchdowns, but didn’t play in the team final two contests with an ankle injury. The Thundering Herd is also missing tight end Cody Slate, the team’s best receiver, who is out with a torn ACL.
Ohio is also banged up, but nothing too serious. It played the conference championship with several injured players and those players should be back in full by the time the bowl game rolls around.
Ohio’s nine wins matches its 2006 total and 10 wins would match the team’s 1968 win total.
Marshall’s biggest obstacle will be scoring against one of the better defenses it has faced this year and keeping an Ohio offense that got hot toward the end of the season out of the end zone.