To say Marshall’s season is in danger after only 5 games would be an understatement. The Herd has skidded to 1-4 overall after losing its first conference game to the University of North Texas last week.
The team’s defensive problems have been exploited the last few weeks. The offense hasn’t been able to answer with enough points to balance that out. This is not the team they were hyped to be at the beginning of the season.
The Herd hopes to turn things around against Florida Atlantic this week.
FAU has had a similar season to the Herd. The Owls started out on a high note against Southern Illinois. Three more out of conference games against Miami, Kansas State, and Ball State quickly put their season record at 1-3. They dropped two conference games to FIU and Charlotte.
The Owls have lost their last three games by a total of only 11 points. Florida Atlantic has put itself in a position where a 1-5 record could have easily been a 3-2 record. Quarterback Jason Driskel has put up over 1,100 yards passing this season.
The Herd have been outscored 140-76 the last three weeks. While the offense has been able to light up the scoreboard at times, the Herd has had trouble putting together a complete game. Their secondary has had trouble stopping big plays. Overall, the defense has allowed other teams to have their way on offense.
Both teams have a lot to prove this week. FAU and Marshall both have an uphill climb to be bowl eligible.
It’s Homecoming week in Huntington. Even though the last few weeks have been rough for the Herd, Joan C. Edwards Stadium still isn’t an easy place for visitors to come in and play. This is the perfect week for the Herd to turn things around and start getting the season back on track.