Miami (Ohio) (0-0) at Marshall (0-0)
7 p.m., Edwards Stadium (38,227, FieldTurf), Huntington
TV: CBS Sports Network (Suddenlink channel 512 in Kanawha Valley). Crew: Brad Johansen play-by-play, Randy Cross analyst, Rashan Ali sidelines.
Line: Marshall by 20
Series: Miami leads 30-10-1
Last meeting: Marshall 33, Miami 25, Sept. 29, 2004 at Huntington
Tickets: Plenty available, $25-$35, $10 off online only until noon. Ticket office hours: Henderson Center 1-4:30 p.m.; stadium box offices 4:30 to game time.
Weather: Mostly cloud, humid, 40 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms, 81 degrees at kickoff
On the spot
Marshall defense: Not exactly an original idea, but it's on the minds of everybody in the house, and has been for the last 280 days. That's how long it has been since Chris Rippon left as defensive coordinator after the Herd yielded 517 points on the season.
Marshall kicking game: Other than punter Tyler Williams, who has been scraping the moon in preseason camp, this remains an adventure. Amareto Curraj is set to take his first kickoff and Justin Haig is remaining on field goals; Devon "Moo Moo" Smith is sharing punt returns with Tommy Shuler, an arrangement that may last as long as it takes Smith to run one back all the way. Will kick coverage be better? Should be, with the infusion of good athletes.
Austin Boucher, Miami quarterback: His last act as a starting quarterback came 966 days ago, when he won the MVP award (and a kiss from Danica Patrick) at the 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl. He's a fifth-year senior, but still: Can he take over this team in front of a hostile audience?
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