HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall is unbeaten in league play, the last such team in Conference USA's East Division.
There are only five other Football Bowl Subdivision teams in the same situation as the Thundering Herd.
Alabama is alone atop the SEC West. So, too, is Missouri in the SEC East after the Tigers knocked off Georgia. UCLA is the last remaining league unbeaten in the Pac-12 South, everyone is chasing Wyoming in the Mountain division of the Mountain West and Ohio State is the last Big 10 Leaders team without nary a league loss.
It's a comfortable spot for the Thundering Herd at the team's regular season midpoint. Marshall (4-2 overall, 2-0 C-USA) will go for its first-ever 3-0 Conference USA start when it travels to face Middle Tennessee (3-4, 1-2) on Thursday, Oct. 24.
With all other C-USA East teams carrying the burden of a loss, the Herd controls its own fate in the final half of the regular season.
"I think they can take one look at (the standings) and they don't have to be very smart that we are right where we want to be," fourth-year Marshall Coach Doc Holliday said of his players during Tuesday's weekly press conference. "We said all along that all our goals and dreams are in place and they are. You're sitting right where you want to sit at this point. We control our own destiny."
Marshall plays its final six games in a 37-day span starting with next Thursday's road trip to MTSU, a first-year conference football member and a fellow C-USA East team.
East Carolina's loss to C-USA West co-leader Tulane last Saturday dropped the Pirates to 2-1 in league play. UAB and FIU are 1-1, Middle Tennessee is 1-2 and Southern Mississippi is 0-1. Marshall rallied to defeat FAU, now 1-4 in C-USA play, to stay perfect.
The come-from-behind road win was a rarity of sorts of Holliday, who is 6-16 on the road at Marshall. The Herd won its first game away from home in nearly a full calendar year: Oct. 20, 2012 at Southern Miss.
A Holliday team had never finished the regular season's first half on a high note, either. Marshall was a combined 5-13 in the first half of Holliday's first three seasons with the Herd.
The momentum, this year, is different.
"You don't look ahead to five or six weeks down the road," Holliday said. "You look ahead to next Thursday, a week from Thursday, because that's the only one that matters at this point.
"Kids are kids and they've got dreams and goals and they know they're still out there.
"We control that. If we concern ourselves with anything other than Middle Tennessee ... then whatever our dreams and goals are there's no way they'll ever happen."
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