Originally written on College Football Universe  |  Last updated 11/20/14
No. 66 Marshall Thundering Herd (5-7) Coach Doc Holliday (fourth season, 17-20 at Marshall, 17-20 overall)Returning Starters: 17, 8 offense, 7 defense, 2 special teamsRecruiting Rank: 61 If Marshall is going to contend for a C-USA title, the Thundering Herd must get better defensively. The Herd surrendered 43 points per game last year – a number skewed a bit from allowing 51 points to Rice and Purdue and more than 60 points to both West Virginia and East Carolina. As bad as the defense was in 2012, the offense led by sophomore quarterback Rakeem Cato was dynamic. Cato threw for more than 4,000 yards and 37 touchdowns with 11 interceptions while guiding an offense that averaged 41 points per outing. Marshall outscored Rice 54-51 in overtime and scored 59 points in an overtime loss to ECU. Marshall scored fewer than 20 points just once – a 54-17 loss to Central Florida – and returns both leading rushers and its leading receiver. While Aaron Dobson and Antavious Wilson are both gone,...
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