HUNTINGTON - On one sideline, you have a longtime assistant coach of Don Nehlen, one of college football's great advocates of the power rushing game.
On the other sideline, you have a man with deep Nebraska football roots, a Cornhusker who once topped 200 rushing yards in a game as a fullback. (Remember when fullbacks actually carried the ball?)
But when Marshall coach Doc Holliday and Ohio's Frank Solich match wits Saturday, you aren't going to see a lot of old-school, plodding football. Blink and you might miss a play.
Go to the restroom and you might miss 10.
With the development of Thundering Herd quarterback Rakeem Cato and the continued maturation of Ohio junior Tyler Tettleton, both teams are equipped to get to the line, snap and go. Marshall averages 97.5 snaps per game after two contests; Ohio averages "only" 84.
And there's room for even more. Last weekend, Louisiana Tech and Houston combined for 199 snaps in a 56-49 scorefest, with the losing Cougars snapping 115 times.
Just watching it can make a defender winded.
"Both teams will go at a very high pace and it shouldn't be an advantage to one team or another," Solich said at his press conference in Athens, Ohio. "I think we're both accustomed to doing it now, and you see it a lot in college football in this day and age, so you're going to be faced with it throughout the season, so you prepare for it early on and you condition yourself.
"We learned a valuable lesson against Troy [2010 New Orleans Bowl], and in learning that lesson I think it has helped us on both sides of the ball."
For a reference, Troy took a 38-7 halftime lead and cruised to a 48-21 win. The time of possession was nearly even, but the Trojans squeezed off 76 snaps to the Bobcats' 50.
That could be the three-quarter total Saturday, when the Herd and Bobcats renew acquaintances for the 52nd time. Kickoff time is at 6:30 p.m., and both offenses will hit the field running.
At Marshall, Holliday said he and offensive coordinator Bill Legg had the up-tempo attack in mind from the time they landed in Huntington in 2010. They just didn't have enough ponies to keep up.
"When I took the job, we had one scholarship tailback," Holliday said Tuesday. "When I took the job, we had one or two wideouts; that was it. When you play at that pace, you've got to play a lot of kids.
"If I went in there and rank 105 snaps with Aaron Dobson, which is about all I had [with] a hurt Tay [Antavious Wilson], he wouldn't have gotten to the fourth quarter. So we had to modify a little bit, and it took some time to get the skill kids needed, and even the offensive line to a point that we could do it.
"I think now we're at that point where we can continue to play fast and we have enough skill - we had 18 kids touch the ball the first game; I'm not sure exactly."