The Herd (2-0) is coming off 107 points worth of offensive eruption in two games, smacking Miami (Ohio) 52-14 and Gardner-Webb 55-0. Those came at home, though, and the Herd now plays its first road game at a venue that has turned hostile in recent years.
The Bobcats (1-1) needed a home game or three after their 49-7 season-opening pasting at Louisville. Last week, 24,511 at Peden Stadium - standing-room only - watched the Bobcats beat Conference USA newcomer North Texas 27-21, using two fourth-quarter field goals to turn back a 14-point rally.
The Mean Green isn't necessarily expected to be a C-USA contender, but the Bobcats will take that win and get fired up for the Herd. The more experienced Marshall players know what's coming, and they want to be a meaner green this time around.
"I wasn't here two years ago, when it was a bad day," said Niemeyer, a junior-college transfer. "Being here last year, everybody said they tried to out-physical us, be the bullies and be meaner than us. I don't know how much I believe in that; I just feel that if we do what we do this year, then the game shouldn't be close.
"If we execute and do what we do, none of our games should be close, on our entire schedule."
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