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The preseason poll compilation

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Where Marshall and the foes rank in some corners of the football world:

CBS Sports: Herd 94, N.C. State 23, WKU 66, MTSU 67, Miami-O 78, Southern Miss 84, UTSA 88, Cincinnati 89, Old Dominion 91, FAU 95, FIU 116, Kent State 121, Charlotte 125.

Orlando Sentinel: Herd 89, N.C. State 38, WKU 43, Old Dominion 64, Miami-O 69, MTSU 73, Southern Miss 81, UTSA 83, FIU 91, FAU 106, Cincinnati 118, Kent State 122, Charlotte 126.

Conference USA coaches’ poll:
EAST DIVISION    
1.  WKU (20)
2.  Middle Tennessee (4)
3.  Old Dominion (3)
4.  Marshall (1)
5.  Florida Atlantic
6.  FIU
7.  Charlotte

WEST DIVISION   
1.  Louisiana Tech (20)
2.  UTSA (7)
3.  Southern Miss (1)
4.  North Texas
5.  Rice
6.  UTEP
7.  UAB

Phil Steele: EAST: 1. WKU; 2. Herd, MTSU, Old Dominion; 5. FAU; 6. FIU; 7. Charlotte. WEST: 1. La Tech; 2. UTSA; 3. Southern Miss; 4. Rice; 5. North Texas; 6. UTEP; 7. UAB. Herd bowl projection: Cure Bowl (subbing for American spot) vs. South Alabama.

ESPN Power Ratings: Herd 99, N.C. State 22, Western Kentucky 80, Miami-O 81, Cincinnati 89, MTSU 90, Old Dominion 94, UTSA 96, Southern Miss 100, FAU 105, Kent State 115, FIU 124, Charlotte 129.

USA Today: East — 1. Western Kentucky; 2. Old Dominion/Middle Tennessee; 4. Marshall (6-6, 4-4); 5. FAU; 6. FIU, Charlotte. West — 1. Louisiana Tech/Southern Miss; 3. UTSA; 4. North Texas; 5. Rice; 6. UTEP; 7. UAB.

Washington Post: Marshall 4th behind WKU, MTSU, ODU in C-USA East.

Athlon 1-130: Herd 107. Opponents: Kent State 127, Charlotte 126, FIU 113, FAU 98, Cincinnati 95, UTSA 94, Southern Miss 93, ODU 90, Miami (Ohio) 78, MTSU 75, WKU 73, N.C. State 27. Athlon’s C-USA: Herd T-4.

Athlon story on breakout teams, including *4* on Herd schedule. And … Athlon picks the Herd to win 5