MAC Commissioner Rick Chryst, who saw the NIU win at Alabama in person, said, "We salute all of our league coaches, players and universities with this award. The whole league shares in the success of what was achieved on Saturday."
Marshall knocked off the highest ranked team in the history of the Herd and the MAC when MU went to Manhattan, Kansas, and beat the then-number six Wildcats 27-20. Similarly, Toledo beat then-number nine Pitt at the Glass Bowl 35-31; Northern won at then-number 22 Alabama 19-16; and Miami went to Fort Collins, Colorado, and hung a 20-point loss on the previously ranked Rams, 41-21.
The honor by the FWAA is selected by the national panel that each week selects not only a national team of the week, but the "Grantland Rice Super 16" poll. Previous winners of the national team of the week include Southern California, Wake Forest and Arkansas.
Marshall is back at work this Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. (EDT), when the Herd travels to Troy, Alabama, for a first-ever game at Movie Gallery Stadium. The Troy State Trojans opened their stadium with a 28-0 shutout of Southeastern Louisiana last week, but the Marshall game will be the dedication of the stadium. MU is 3-0 against Troy all-time, but all of those previous games were in Huntington. Air time for the "Herd Insider Pre-Game Show" is 5:00 p.m. on the Thundering Herd/ISP Sports Network.