Marshall football at Middle Tenn, FAU on National TV


HUNTINGTON — Marshall football will play scheduled 2017 road games at Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic on Fridays in the fall instead of Saturday, the Conference USA office announced today as part of the league’s agreement with two of its television partners.

The Thundering Herd will head to Murfreesboro, Tenn. to face the Blue Raiders on Friday, Oct. 20, for a 7 p.m. (ET) kickoff. The game will be on ESPN2. Marshall will then travel two weeks later to Boca Raton, Fla., to face the Owls on Friday, Nov. 3, a 6 p.m. (ET) kickoff on CBS Sports Network.

Additional Conference USA football television exposures through other league television partners, as well as select non-conference road games that will air on other conferences television packages, will be released as soon as they are finalized.

The Thundering Herd is looking to bounce back after a 3-9 season in 2016. The Herd had won two C-USA East Division titles, won the C-USA Football Championship and won three bowls in the previous three seasons, averaging 10 wins per year over that time.


Herd ready to bounce back after down year in 2016 under Coach Doc Holiday (back to the picture). (HI file photo)

  • 2017 Marshall Football Schedule
  • Date – Opponent / Stadium – City – State – Time – Media – Other
  • 09/02/17 vs. Miami (Ohio), JCE Stadium, Huntington, W.Va. (Season Opener)
  • 09/09/17 at NC State, Carter-Findlay Stadium, Raleigh, N.C.
  • 09/16/17 vs. Kent State, JCE Stadium, Huntington, W.Va. (MU HOF Weekend)
  • 09/23/17 Open
  • 09/30/17 at Cincinnati, Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 10/07/17 at Charlotte*, Jerry Richardson Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.
  • 10/14/17 vs. Old Dominion*, JCE Stadium, Huntington, W.Va.
  • 10/20/17 (Friday) at Middle Tennessee*, Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2
  • 10/28/17 vs. FIU*, JCE Stadium, Huntington, W.Va.
  • 11/03/17 (Friday) at Florida Atlantic*, FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Fla., 6 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network
  • 11/11/17 vs. WKU*, JCE Stadium, Huntington, W.Va.
  • 11/18/17 at UTSA*, Alamodome, San Antonio, Tex.
  • 11/25/17 vs. Southern Miss*, JCE Stadium, Huntington, W.Va.
  • 12/02/17 Conference USA Football Championship Game, ESPN/ESPN2

* – Conference USA games

BOLD – home games

Conference USA Nationally Televised Games for 2017

  • Saturday, September 2, Kentucky at Southern Miss, 4:00 p.m. EDT
  • Saturday, September 2, Vanderbilt at Middle Tennessee, 8:00 p.m. EDT
  • Saturday, September 9, Mississippi State at Louisiana Tech  7:30 p.m. EDT
  • Friday, October 20, WKU at Old Dominion, TBA
  • Friday, November 3, Marshall at Florida Atlantic, 6:00 p.m. EDT
  • Friday, November 17, Middle Tennessee at WKU, 8:00 p.m. EDT
  • Friday, September 15, Arizona at UTEP, 10:15 p.m. EDT
  • Friday, October 20, Marshall at Middle Tennessee, 7:00 p.m. EDT
  • Saturday, August 26, Stanford vs. Rice (in Sydney, Australia(, 10:00 p.m. EDT
  • Saturday, December 2, C-USA Championship Game, TBA
  • Friday, September 1, Navy at Florida Atlantic, 8:00 p.m. EDT
  • Saturday, November 25, UTSA at Louisiana Tech, TBA (12-day selection)


About Woody Woodrum

Senior Editor and columnist/writer for Herd Insider since 2003, with Kindred Communications on radio for Marshall football/men's basketball pregame and postgame shows since 1996 and with First Sentry Bank Sportsline (Also Scott on Sports, Sideline Sports and Herd Insider Sportsline) since 1997. Married to Liz (12-22-1990) and one son, Tre' (11-7-1997). National Sportswriters & Sportscasters West Virginia Broadcaster of the Year winner for radio, 2000; won W.Va. Broadcasters Best Talk Show in 2013 with co-host Paul Swann and W.Va. Broadcasters Best Play-by-Play in 2015 with Jason Toy (Huntington at South Charleston, state AAA semifinals). Member of (College) Football Writers Association of America, (College) Basketball Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Color commentator for Marshall football (1999-2000), for Marshall basketball (2004-2016) and Marshall baseball (2004-2016). Color for high school football at Spring Valley (1999-2008), Cabell Midland (2009-2012) and Huntington (W.Va.) High School (2013-2016).

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