"This is the best schedule in the history of our football program," Marshall University Director of Athletics Bob Marcum said. "There are many exciting games to be played this season and in the future. I am confident our season ticket holders and our future season ticket holders will be pleased."
Marshall will open the season by hosting William & Mary on Thursday, September 1st, before playing host to traditional Big 12 Conference power Kansas State on Saturday, September 10th. Following the clash with the Wildcats, Marshall will travel to Orlando, Fla., to face off with fellow Conference USA newcomer Central Florida on September 24th.
The Thundering Herd will return home to host SMU in the Herd's first home Conference USA game on Saturday, October 1st, before traveling to defending Atlantic Coast Conference Champion Virginia Tech on Saturday, October 8th.
Marshall will return to C-USA action at home on Saturday, October 15th when it hosts the University of Alabama-Birmingham. The Herd will then travel to UTEP and Tulane on October 22nd and 29th, respectively, before returning home to host perennial C-USA title contender Southern Miss on either Tuesday or Wednesday, November 8th or 9th. The Thundering Herd will close out the home portion of the 2005 regular season by hosting East Carolina on Saturday, November 19th.
Marshall's final regular season contest will be a Saturday, November 26th contest at Memphis.
The Thundering Herd's 2005 schedule includes five teams that went to bowls in 2004. Ninth-ranked Virginia Tech (10-3) won the ACC and earned a berth in the Sugar Bowl, Memphis (8-3) appeared in the GMAC Bowl, Southern Mississippi (7-5) won the New Orleans Bowl, UAB (7-5) appeared in the Hawaii Bowl, and UTEP (8-4) appeared in the Houston Bowl.
All conference times and television information will be announced at a later date.
The 2005 Marshall Football Schedule
Thursday, Sept. 1 William & Mary
Saturday, Sept. 10 Kansas State
Saturday, Sept. 24 at UCF
Saturday, Oct. 1 Southern Methodist (SMU)
Saturday, Oct. 8 at Virginia Tech
Saturday, Oct. 15 UAB
Saturday, Oct. 22 at UTEP
Saturday, Oct. 29 at Tulane
Tues. or Wed., Nov. 8/9 Southern Miss
Saturday, Nov. 19 East Carolina
Saturday, Nov. 26 at Memphis
All home games are BOLD.