Yesterday Conference USA announced that two Marshall football games, at Middle Tennessee and Tulsa, have been moved to Thursday night in order to accommodate national television coverage on a yet to be announced network.
Here is some additional information on how the changes will affect the Thundering Herd.
1) By moving the MTSU game from October 19th to October 24th Marshall picked up five additional days to prepare for the Blue Raiders. The Herd will host its next opponent, Southern Miss on November 2nd, more than a week later.
2) Marshall faces a short week after playing UAB at Joan C. Edwards Stadium on November 2nd before traveling to Tulsa November 9th. The Golden Hurricanes are in a similar position, going to ECU on the 9th before hosting the Herd five days later.
3) November 14th is a important day for everyone connected to Marshall as the university honors the 75 individuals who perished on Southern Airways flight 932, carrying the Thundering Herd’s football team, coaches, and numerous support staff. It is not unprecedented for Marshall to play on November 14th. It last occurred in 2009, the Herd hosted Southern Miss and lost 27-20.
4) As stated by C-USA both games were moved to accommodate national TV coverage. The conference has broadcast agreements with CBS Sports and Fox Sports, expect the game to be carried by one of those providers. Something to keep in mind about Fox, they are launching Fox Sports 1 this summer, it will replace the Speed channel on your TV dial, with a reach of 87 million homes. In contrast, ESPN is in 99 million households. Anyway, don’t be surprised if one of Marshall’s Thursday night games ends up on the new network.