In conference rankings, Cato leads in passing TDs, while Hoskins leads in receiving TDs (13). As a team, MU leads in 3rd-down conversions, first downs and scoring offense, plus kickoff return defense (18.97), fewest passes intercepted (9), red-zone offense (.912) and total offense (513.3).
Rice leads the league in blocked kicks, along with fewest first downs against (196), fewest passes intercepted (9, tied with MU), rushing offense (239.5) and time of possession (33.29).
50 Marshall running yards minus Rice running yards. This seems daring, but the Herd does have a 7.4-yard advantage over Rice in league play.
31/2 Sacks by Marshall. As elusive as McHargue can be, the Owls have given up 26 sacks in eight league games.
4,500 Actual attendance. That number will never be tracked or released, and you can expect a much larger figure of tickets sold. Today's weather is as miserable as it gets for Houston residents, so this could be an intimate gathering.
Completely useless trivia
Marshall is playing in its first conference championship game since 2002, a span of 11 years and, yes, that is the biggest time spread in college football history. Of course, only four conferences have title games this year and that's pretty much the norm, but still . . .
Both teams are heading to bowl games, though the final destination is tough to say. C-USA has said all season, via its weekly release, that the Liberty Bowl has the top selection of C-USA teams and the league will send teams to the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg, Heart of Dallas Bowl, Military Bowl, New Orleans Bowl and Hawaii Bowl this season.
But after C-USA was bypassed by the Liberty Bowl in 2011 in a covered-up loophole, nothing is a sure bet.
- By Doug Smock