That's plenty enough for Legg to get even more creative than he was last year.
"You never know what can happen around here," Legg said. "You can put a couple of running backs in the backfield, you can put a couple of extra receivers on the field. That's the nice thing we have right now is the ability to create change, which puts more stress and more preparation time for our opponents."
In other words, that robs defensive coordinators of their precious sleep. Tacklers, too.
There has been more than a little discussion about Marshall's one bad-luck spot on the schedule, in which it goes to defending champion Tulsa for a Thursday night game Nov. 14 - five days after a should-win home game against Alabama-Birmingham.
So why, sayeth a sizable chunk of the green-clads, should their team be forced to play the same C-USA West Division squad for the third straight year? A fair question.
When the membership changed - four teams out, six teams in - the nice, neat rotation that was followed for eight years had to go. With two seven-team divisions, teams now had six intradivsional games and two across division lines - Marshall drew Texas-San Antonio (voted last by league coaches) and Tulsa, the prohibitive favorite.
Fair enough, but why would the Herd get a trip to Chapman Stadium on short rest?
Hold the phone, say the Tulsa fans. If you look at that schedule, the Golden Hurricane will be playing on a short week, and it won't be against UAB - rather, a Nov. 9 trip to East Carolina, the near-consensus East favorite. Nine days after the MU game, the Golden Hurricane is going to Louisiana Tech for another potential scorefest.
From this always-speculative preseason vantage point, Marshall doesn't have a similar three-week stretch. (Part of why my boss picked the Herd an almost insane 10-2.)
So, you ask, how in this one-year-only format do we have a Tulsa-ECU-Marshall golden triangle? The good folks in the league office may say it's a random draw, but I'm thinking it's TV-driven all the way.
Take a look: Tulsa-ECU is a "flex" game, airing at a time to be announced on Fox Sports Net or Fox Sports 1. Tulsa-MU is set for Fox Sports 1. Fox Sports 1 just hit the cable waves, and needs a few good college games.
So Herd fans, your team is wanted by the TV folks, something the program hasn't often enjoyed in the past few years. All complaints about the Tulsa game are hereby dismissed.
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5140, dougsm...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/dougsmock.