Team preview: Marshall

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college football season, exclusively on Insider.

Originally Published: July 28, 2004
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At most places an 8-4 record, including 6-2 in the conference, and a victory over sixth-ranked Kansas State in Manhattan, would be considered a very successful season.

Not in Huntington, W. Va., where Marshall has established its own standard of excellence. As the popular saying goes -- and the cover of the Thundering Herd's 2003 media guide proclaimed -- "The Ring's The Thing!"