Marshall will be playing the Western Carolina Catamounts this weekend . The Herd is looking to rebound from the game against West Virgina University. Western Carolina which won its opening game Saturday seeks its second win. Saturday's game will renew rivalry of an old Southern Conference rivalry. They have not played each other since 1996.
Marshall exhibited a strong offense in the West Virginia game . Marshall put up more than 500 yards of total offense . Quarterback Rakeem Cato showed the promise and potential we previously saw only in spurts . Western Carolina had its own offensive barrage against Mars Hill in North Carolina. The Catamounts put up 493 yards of offense during that game .
In the first game of the season, the Catamounts were a running team, and Marshall was a passing team. The game between these two teams may turn out to be a ground attack from one team and an air assault from the other. Marshall's defense looks to regroup and show focus for the home opener. The defensive line Saturday looked like it was in shambles. Pressure on the quarterback just seemed absent. But won't face an offense of WVU caliber for the rest of the season.
The series record between the Herd and Catamounts stands tied at 9, but WCU has dropped four-straight and nine of the last 10 dating back to 1987. Mark Speir, first year head coach of the Catamounts, Mark Speir will bring his true freshman quarterback Troy Mitchell to his first major test of the season Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Marshall also has a freshman in a key position. Tyler Williams made his collegiate debut Saturday against WVU, Williams averaged 51.2 yards on four punts,
including a long of 59 yards.
Keys to the game: Marshall must play well against the run, and the Catamounts must hold the Marshall offense to low digits.