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The Thundering Herd

Marshall will be getting this type of treatment tomorrow…

We are now less than a day away from the Buckeye football season and even with the short week leading up to the game the hype level inside every Buckeye fan has definitely reached a frenetic level.  Every forum, blog and person I talk to is buzzing and with good reason – the 2010 Buckeyes have all the tools, even Herbie thinks so, and now all that is left is to go out, stay focused and execute each week.  So how about a little look at Marshall to see what the Bucks are up against this week.

Of course it is important to say that this team cannot be taken lightly, and rightfully so.  They went the distance with us in 2004 and we were one Nuge kick away from having an App State-like moment of our own.  They will come in fired up to be playing in the Shoe with 100K+ maniacs and on BTN.  So even though we head into the game a 28 pt favorite the offense still has to pick up where it left off in Pasadena and the secondary has to be ready to go because they will be tested since I doubt that the front seven of the Bucks will let them do much (if anything) on the ground even with Solomon Thomas filling in for Nate Williams at DE.

Marshall Notables:

  • Posted a 7-6 record last year making it the first winning record since 2003.
  • Most of the players were brought in by former Ohio State assistant Mark Snyder who was head coach there until he stepped down at the end of the season.  The Herd won the bowl game under interim coach Rick Minter.
  • Current coach is former Meyer assistant John “Doc” Holiday who bring spread offensive attack with him.
  • QB is second year starter Brian Anderson who went for 2600 yards and 14 TDs last year along with 13 picks.
  • In the backfield are a couple of first year starters #29 Ward and #19 Booker.  Ward came on strong late last year and was MVP of the Little Caesar’s Bowl.  At wide receiver Marshall is led by senior #11 Bonner who had 60 catches last year.
  • The offensive line is loaded with upperclassmen starters who have all logged more than a full season at their respective positions.
  • Defense lines up in a 4-3 – #99 Curry is someone to watch at DE and there are a couple of 300 pounders in the center.
  • #30 Harvey is the leader of the defense from his weak side linebacker spot and the secondary was gutted by graduation and off field issues but still returns one starter (#6 Shakoor).

True – this team cannot be overlooked with the Buckeyes already glancing ahead at the U.  But the reality is that Marshall will not be able to match up from a talent and depth standpoint across the board.  Maybe if they make some big plays in the passing game or special teams they stay in it for a while but the Herd will find out first hand tomorrow what a scarlet stampede looks like.  Because when it comes to football in Columbus…We Are….OHIO STATE!!

It has been too long since January 1st – welcome back Buckeye football.

Prediction:

Ohio State- 35

Marshall – 10