CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Relax, Doc Holliday.
The 2012 Marshall football schedule has a perfect balance of home and road games (six each). The off week is Oct. 13, when the Herd will have six games in the rearview and six Conference USA games still to play.
The travel schedule is friendlier this year, too. Marshall will play consecutive road games just once.
"This is certainly another great schedule," Holliday said in a statement after the school released the upcoming season's schedule Thursday afternoon.
"We are thrilled to have these six teams visit Joan C. Edwards Stadium this fall and our coaches and student-athletes are excited to prepare for the challenges ahead."
Marshall, coming off a 7-6 season and a Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl victory, will play Western Carolina (Sept. 8), Ohio (Sept. 15), Tulsa (Oct. 6), UCF (Oct. 27), Memphis (Nov. 3) and Houston (Nov. 17) at home.
The road games are against West Virginia (Sept. 1), Rice (Sept. 22), Purdue (Sept. 29), Southern Mississippi (Oct. 20), UAB (Nov. 10) and East Carolina (Nov. 24).
The season opener is against the Mountaineers, the defending Big East and Orange Bowl champions, in the Friends of Coal Bowl.
The Herd's home opener will be against Football Championship Subdivision program Western Carolina.