The Battle for the Bell dates back to 1905, when the Marshall Thundering Herd and the Ohio Bobcats, located merely 80 or so miles apart, met in Huntington, West Virginia. Marshall clawed out a 6-5 victory in that meeting. The Bell was first introduced in 1997 and while Ohio leads the overall series 30-19-6, Marshall has been the dominate team of late, winning the Bell in nine out of eleven games. A brief hiatus ensued when Marshall left the MAC for Conference USA in 2005, but after an unexpected meeting in the 2009 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, the two teams signed a six year contract to bring the game back. This year’s battle pits a 1-1 Marshall team against a 2-0 Ohio team with votes in the polls and its eyes on an undefeated season.
State Traditions West Virginia Huntington Gameday Hat ($25) / Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece Slim Fit Polo ($69.50) / Collared Greens CG Stripes Belt ($78) / Bill’s Khakis Original Twill Pants ($125) / Buffalo Jackson Laramie Bison Leather Driving Shoe ($184.95)
Ratio Clothing White Campus Oxford ($98) / High Cotton Ties Forest Green Oxford Cloth Bow Tie ($50) / Martin Dingman Walter Scotch Grain Belt ($85) / Chubbies Pregames ($59.50) / Sebago Docksides ($100)