HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall first-year coach Doc Holliday doesn't begin his tenure under the most ideal situation having to play Ohio State and West Virginia in consecutive weeks to open the 2010 campaign.
The Thundering Herd right the ship in Week 3 and finish the regular season 7-5 and become bowl eligible for the second year in a row.
Here is the breakdown on how the season could transpire:
Thursday, Sept. 2: The Marshall players are a bit star-struck by the hundreds of thousands of fans decked out in scarlet and gray in the program's first visit to the "Horseshoe" in six years.
Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor makes a case for Heisman consideration after an impressive first half and the Buckeyes coast to a 34-7 victory in Columbus.
Friday, Sept. 10: The Friends of Coal Bowl can attest that football Fridays aren't reserved for high school anymore.
After serving as an assistant for WVU, coach Holliday walks the opposite sidelines trying to pick apart the Mountaineer scheme.
Instead, WVU continues to hold the upper hand in the series and knocks off the Thundering Herd 26-9 in Huntington.
Saturday, Sept. 18: After dropping two straight games to open the regular season, Marshall moves in the right direction against a depleted Bowling Green team which returns only four starters on offense and four starters on defense.
With quarterback Tyler Sheehan and Biletnikoff finalist Freddie Barnes lost to graduation, Bowling Green is unable to take care of home field advantage and Marshall begins a three-game winning streak by defeating the Falcons 30-17.
Saturday, Sept. 25: A rematch of last year's Little Caesars Bowl in Detroit, Mich.
Ohio's arsenal includes LaVon Brazill, who has been named to the watch list for the inaugural Paul Hornung Award. Even though the 5-foot-11 receiver is one of the most versatile athletes on the Bobcat roster, Marshall puts the clamps down and claims its sixth straight win over Ohio with a 24-20 victory.
Saturday, Oct. 2: Southern Miss holds a considerable edge in the series with Marshall, but the Golden Eagles are in a rebuilding mode after returning a total of only seven starters.
The Thundering Herd send the fans in Hattiesburg, Miss. home disappointed after defeating Southern Miss 24-16.
Wednesday, Oct. 13: Central Florida has been a thorn in Marshall's side for the past five meetings. A Wednesday night special in Huntington doesn't change matters as the Knights' experience (seven returning starters on offense and eight on defense) proves costly for the Thundering Herd.
Four returning starting offensive linemen control the trenches in UCF's 20-16 victory.
Saturday, Oct. 23: No Skip Holtz, no problem for East Carolina.
Behind the newly-implemented "Air Raid" offensive system under first-year head coach Ruffin McNeil, East Carolina increases its series lead to 8-3 by handling Marshall 40-14 in Greenville, N.C.
Saturday, Oct. 30: Trevor Vittatoe becomes UTEP's career leader in total offensive yards this season, but not even that is enough to offset Marshall's determination to wipe out last year's meltdown in the regular-season finale.
The Thundering Herd take it to the Miners, 36-13, in Huntington.
Saturday, Nov. 6: Road wins are hard to come by, but Marshall manages to overcome the odds in Birmingham.
The Thundering Herd no longer have to deal with Mr. Versatility in quarterback Joe Webb, who graduated as the first quarterback in NCAA history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in consecutive seasons.
Marshall makes it four wins in five meetings against UAB with a 31-14 victory.
Saturday, Nov. 13: Last year, Marshall ruined the trend of the home team winning in its series with Memphis. But this year, the series gets back on track in Huntington.
Graduation took a toll on Memphis and the only saving grace is that its offensive line remains intact. Otherwise, the Tigers lost their top two receivers in school history (Duke Calhoun and Carlos Singleton) and are looking for a quarterback to emerge among five candidates.
Marshall becomes bowl eligible with a 28-10 victory.
Saturday, Nov. 20: SMU made a 180-degree turnaround last season and received a vote in USA Today's preseason poll. The three previous meetings between the Mustangs and the Thundering Herd have been decided by 10 points or less and this year should be no different.
SMU returns six players on offense and seven on defense, and they keep the program headed in the right direction by knocking off Marshall 30-24 at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas.
Saturday, Nov. 27: Marshall has Tulane's number and a visit to Huntington in the regular-season finale won't change the Green Wave's struggles against the Thundering Herd.
Tulane's offensive weapons are gone from a year ago - 1,000-yard rusher Andre Anderson and 1,000-yard receiver Jeremy Williams. An ideal situation for the Marshall program to stay unbeaten against the Green Wave in four career meetings and improve its postseason bowl status after winning 29-13.