Marshall Headed to Rice for C-USA Title Game


Marshall football

Marshall football

Dec. 1, 2013

IRVING, Texas – West Division champion Rice will host East Division champion Marshall in the 2013 Conference USA Football Championship Game on Saturday, December 7. The Owls (7-1 in C-USA play, 9-3 overall) did not face the Thundering Herd (7-1 in C-USA play, 9-3 overall) during the regular season, so the host site for the game was determined by the BCS rankings. The 2013 C-USA Championship Game will be televised live on ESPN 2, beginning at Noon EST/11 a.m. CST. Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen and Maria Taylor will be on the call.

While the BCS standings technically only rank 1 – 25, as that is all that is required for the BCS, the formula (which equally weights the Coaches poll, Harris poll, and computer polls for a BCS average) can be extended to determine the relative positions of teams.

When extended, while Marshall did receive votes in each of the two human polls, the value of those votes was not significant enough to offset the relative strength of Rice in the computer polls.

The final analysis, which has been confirmed by Bill Hancock, BCS Executive Director, is set forth below.

 

TEAM

                   HARRIS

             USA TODAY

      COMPUTER AVG

                  BCS AVG

RICE

0

0

0.628

0.2093

MARSHALL

0.0038

0.0084

0.55

0.1874

 

COMPUTER RANKINGS (Based on 125 teams, highest & lowest   dropped)

                  Total

      % of 500 pts

RICE

49

43

54

44

 

 

points based on 125

77

83

72

82

314

0.628

MARSHALL

63

56

56

54

 

 

points based on 125

63

70

70

72

275

0.55

 

Comprehensive list of computer rankings (highest and lowest dropped in BCS process):

Ranking                                Rice                        Marshall

Anderson & Hester                 49                           63

Billingsley                             42                           41

Colley Matrix                         43                           56

Massey                                 59                           66

Sagarin                                 54                           56

Wolfe                                    44                           54

 

Please note that rankings like Jerry Palm’s, do not factor any computer poll values for teams not receiving votes and therefore are not reliable for this purpose. The Conference has been in contact with Jerry who fully agrees with this analysis.

“I worked with C-USA today on an extended BCS formula for breaking the tie between Marshall and Rice for home field advantage in the conference championship game,” said Palm. “It doesn’t match the formula I use for my ratings on CBSSports.com, which serve a different purpose, but I believe it was absolutely appropriate and fair."

Both schools will be making their first appearance in the C-USA Football Championship Game.

“We’re certainly disappointed that we will not be able to host Saturday’s championship in front of our wonderful fans,” said Marshall AD Mike Hamrick. “With that said, we are extremely excited for the opportunity to compete for a league title and look forward to a great game with Rice University.”

Marshall leads the all-time series, 3-1, including a wild 54-51 victory in their last meeting, Sept. 22, 2012 at Rice Stadium.  The Thundering Herd has won both meetings in Huntington, W. Va., while the teams are 1-1 in Houston.

The Thundering Herd will be playing for its first conference championship since winning their sixth straight Mid-American conference title in 2002.  The Owls won a share of the Southwest Conference championship in 1994 and their last outright conference title was the 1957 SWC championship.

Tickets for the C-USA Football Championship game will be go on sale Sunday night at 11 p.m. ET and will be available in person at Tudor Fieldhouse, by phone at 713-522-OWLS or online at www.RiceOwls.com. For more information, please visit the football championship page on www.ConferenceUSA.com.