For the first time in over a decade Marshall received votes in a major college football poll.
Voted on by 59 FBS head coaches, the Thundering Herd accumulated 13 votes in this weeks USA Today Coaches Poll. Marshall last received votes in the Coaches Poll on September 21st 2003, the week after the Herd defeated then number six ranked Kansas State.
Marshall also received 10 votes in this weeks Harris Interactive College Football Poll. The Harris and Coaches Poll are two of the three elements that make up the BCS rankings.
Tied with identical league records, (7-1) this weeks BCS standings will determine the home site of Saturday's Conference USA championship game between Marshall and Rice. The Owls did not receive votes in the Coaches or Harris poll and at least one analysis, Jerry Palm of CBS Sports, predicts Joan C. Edwards Stadium to host next weeks title game. The official BCS standings will be revealed sometime after 8:30 p.m. ET this evening.