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Herd Nation, relax. Sit back and take a deep breath. Better? Good. Your team, and mine, just lost their second game of the year on Saturday, and if we’re being honest, it was the most frustrating thing some of us have ever seen. But let’s not panic. The Thundering Herd is 8-2 on the season and still has a chance to win a conference championship. Yes, that’s right, I saw the ignorant tweets saying “There goes our chance at winning the championship” and “Back to the crappy bowl games again.” I even saw the tweets at poor kicker Nick Smith, who as we all know missed three field goals against MTSU, one of which would’ve won the game in regulation. This fan base is better than that. This fan base, and this community, is one built on faith and hope. 45 years ago this coming Saturday, Marshall will remember the 75 that lost their lives in the tragic plane crash coming home from East Carolina University. The program we have today is because our community had faith and hope that we could get ourselves back out there with the best. We did. It’s our job as ‘loyal’ Herd fans to show up every weekend and cheer on a team that we are very fortunate to have still to this day. I didn’t like seeing the “Well, now nobody is going to the FIU game since we lost” tweets either. Really!? If two losses makes you want to stay at home on November 14, you are not a true Marshall fan. Before Doc Holliday came to Huntington, Marshall football suffered through many years of mediocrity, and sometimes, worse than that. We didn’t win any championships, we didn’t win half of our home games, and we didn’t go play in any type of bowl game whatsoever.
Marshall is 8-2 with just one loss in Conference USA play. The only team better right now, statistically, is 8-2 Western Kentucky, who is undefeated in Conference USA. With a win against FIU on senior day, Marshall puts themselves in a position to win the East division of the conference. It all comes down to November 27, when Marshall travels to Bowling Green to face the Hilltoppers. If the Herd wins, they will host the championship game in Huntington on December 6. If they lose, that’s still a 9-3 finish to a season where Marshall has faced countless HUGE injuries. The last time we finished the regular season with 9 wins was 2013, a year in which the Herd traveled to D.C. to face Maryland in a bowl game. Marshall won 31-20 and finished 10-4 on the year. Does that mean I’d be settling for 9-3? Of course not. The great thing about the amount of Marshall fans upset is that it shows you where this program is at now. It shows the nation that we expect our team to win every game. Herd fans expect the best every Saturday and we expect Championships now. Ten years ago we were lucky to expect a bowl game.
So yes, you’re allowed to be upset. Believe me, I am too! But Marshall still has a championship to play for. If the Herd wins out, it’s in the game we all want so badly. That means that when your Marshall Thundering Herd takes that field on Saturday against FIU, you best be there. It’s the 45th anniversary of the plane crash, something that could have easily shut down our football program forever. But it didn’t, and that’s why the support, to honor them, is needed.
Marshall has lost seven games in the past three seasons. Only seven. Only three in the past two seasons. There are not many teams who can boast that like the Herd can. They’ve also only lost once at home in those three years. That’s incredible considering where this team was less than a decade ago.
Support your team, support the players, and Go Herd!
Casey covers Marshall Thundering Herd Football for MFST. You can follow him on twitter @wxmozz
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