Marshall coach curious how Tuesday’s initial playoff rankings will shake out


HUNTINGTON, W.Va — Perhaps it’s good for Marshall to have its second bye week of the season next week, so players and coaches can be more relaxed as the first college football playoff rankings come out Tuesday.

The first rankings are hailed as a benchmark of sorts, as the College Football Playoff Selection Committee meets for the first time. In the Herd’s case, it will see how well their undefeated season plays with the panel of 11 men and one woman.

I’m kind of anxious to see how [Tuesday’s ranking] turns out. For all of us, it’s new.
— Doc Holliday, Marshall coach

The conventional wisdom puts the 23rd-ranked Thundering Herd in a mythical battle with East Carolina to be the “Group of 5” representative in the major bowls, with Boise State and several other teams building its résumés.

Marshall may not have advanced its cause with its 35-16 win Saturday against Florida Atlantic. Then again, ECU didn’t wow anybody with a 31-21 win against Connecticut.

MU coach Doc Holliday said he’s much more worried with how his team looks at the end of the process — or really, at the end of the next game — but he admits to being curious.

“I’m kind of anxious to see how that turns out. For all of us, it’s new,” Holliday said. “You know what? At this point, you need to worry about how you are five weeks down the road. That’s when it counts. Tuesday, we’ll see how it shakes out.”

Scott Harrigan
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