Marshall (7-3, 5-1) at Florida International (1-9, 1-5)
6 p.m., FIU Stadium (20,000, FieldTurf), Miami
TV: Fox College Sports Central (Suddenlink channel 510)
Line: Marshall by 32
Series: Marshall leads 1-0
Last meeting: Marshall 20, FIU 10, Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, Dec. 20, 2010
Tickets: Come and get 'em, $15-$21
Weather: Partly cloudy, 20 percent chance of showers, 76 degrees at kickoff
On the spot
Rakeem Cato, Marshall quarterback: As he heads to his home city, he does so with a not-so-shiny record in the state of Florida. In the 2011 game at Central Florida and the first three quarters against Florida Atlantic this year, Cato was 22 of 49 for 197 yards, no touchdowns and one interception - a messy 74.2 rating. The fourth quarter of FAU was much better - 7 of 14 for 106 yards, a touchdown and a 137.2 rating.
Marshall players in general: When a few dozen Miami boys get together, the bounds of civility are sure to be tested (see end of bowl game, 2011). The Herd has a lot more to lose if skirmishes develop.
Ron Turner, FIU coach: In a city where the Panthers are about the sixth banana, he has to convince the world he is at least a better hire then was Isiah Thomas, the architect of an FIU basketball disaster.
Stats 'n' such
In the rankings: Cato is ninth nationally in points responsible for (197) and second in Conference USA in that and many other categories: completions (21.4), passer rating (148.6), passing TDs (28), passing yards (2,801), yards per completion (13.09), points responsible for and total offense (303.9). Tommy Shuler is second in receiving yards (798), receiving TDs (eight) and receptions (7.4). Devon Smith remains second in punt returns (17.4).