1. MARSHALL WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
There’s just enough in place to push for the Conference USA title – or at least come into the season thinking a championship is possible – but there’s just enough missing to make it tough.
How quickly can the Herd rebuild the defensive front six/seven? Can the offense start to do more, and can the passing game be a bit more consistent? Can the turnovers and penalties slow down, and can the team control the clock and games more?
The running game should be fantastic, the offense will be stronger, and the defense shouldn’t skip a beat despite the loss of several key parts.
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 8
Head coach Doc Holliday has put together a solid run – with a few clunkers in his tenure – and has now become automatic in bowl games going 6-0. He’ll get his Herd to another bowl, but there are just enough rough games to keep it from being an amazing season.
Going to Boise State and hosting Cincinnati will be dangerous, but there aren’t any non-conference games against Power Five programs.
Going to Florida Atlantic and Middle Tennessee is dangerous, hosting Louisiana Tech is a problem, and the date with FIU at the end of the regular season will be tough.
There isn’t a game on the slate that MU can’t win, but there’s no UTEP or UTSA, and the Conference USA bottom feeders on the slate will be more feisty.
No, it might not be the season Herd fans want – hoping for the first Conference USA title since 2014 – but it’s still going to be a very, very good one.
And, of course, it’ll close out with another bowl win.