Marshall's game vs. East Carolina, originally scheduled for Sept. 5 in Greenville, North Carolina, has been moved to Aug. 29 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium as a feature game in Week Zero. The game will honor the the 50th anniversary of the airplane crash on Nov. 14, 1970, that resulted in the deaths of 37 Marshall players, eight coaches including head coach Rick Tolley, 25 boosters and five crew members. 

Marshall was returning home from a trip to ECU when its airplane descended at a rapid pace and clipped trees on approach to the Tri-State Airport in Huntington, West Virginia. Marshall and East Carolina were rivals in Conference USA's East division for nine years from 2005-13.