The Boise State Broncos and the Marshall Thundering Herd have scheduled a home-and-home football series for 2019 and 2020, the two schools have announced.
The series was initially reported by the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
In the first game of the series, Boise State will host Marshall at Albertson’s Stadium in Boise on Sept. 21, 2019. The Broncos will then travel to face the Thundering Herd at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington on Oct. 3, 2020.
Boise State and Marshall’s first and only meeting came back in 1994 in the Division I-AA Playoffs. Boise State defeated Marshall 28-24 in a semifinal game in Boise.
The Broncos now have three non-conference games scheduled for both the 2019 and 2020 seasons. In 2019, the Broncos also visit Florida State and BYU, while in 2020 they host the same two teams.
Boise State was previously scheduled to play a home-and-home series with Cincinnati in 2019 and 2020, but that series has been postponed to Sept. 28, 2024 at Boise and Sept. 27, 2025 at Cincinnati.
Marshall now has three non-conference games slated for the 2019 season. The Thundering Herd also host Ohio and Cincinnati.
In 2020, the Thundering Herd have four non-conference games lined up. In addition to the home game vs. Boise State, Marshall is set to visit East Carolina and Ohio and host Pittsburgh.
“Boise State has had one of the top programs in college football, not just the Group of Five or as a so-called ‘BCS buster’ in the recent past,” Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick said. “They’re at the top of the Mountain West. We’re at the top of Conference USA.
“Our goal is to play for the College Football Playoff access bowl berth that Boise gained last year, that Group of Five spot. The only way you can do that is to win your conference title and then play against and beat the best teams from the other leagues. That’s how you get there.”