The ability to run would be a bonus, but that may be tough, as the Terrapins are averaging 150 rushing yards against, with an eight-game ACC schedule. They held Virginia Tech to 54 yards on the ground.
Marshall's front five will have to be ready to pass block, for certain.
"Their pass rush is probably the best we're going to see all year," said Herd right tackle Clint Van Horn. "Their ends and the guys inside do a tremendous job with their packages, what they bring at us, the pressures, the blitzes. They play extremely hard every single down, especially the defensive ends - they're so good, they're so long, they're so athletic.
"It's what you expect from an ACC opponent."
Plenty of other subplots may play out today. Have Marshall's special teams sharpened after midseason struggles, and has Devon Smith healed from minor injury enough to take a return for a score? How much will the Herd's fan section be devoured by Maryland, which is playing a near-true home game?
And will the Herd, somewhat heavy with upperclassmen, have the right mindset for a tough football game? Or will it have been hypnotized by monument tours and other bowl functions?
That's a major point with Holliday, who remembers all the actual bowl games he has coached and very little of the bowl-week festivities. He points to his first bowl as a head coach, when the Herd persevered against Florida International two years ago in St. Petersburg, Fla.
He wants his team's attitude in that game repeated this afternoon.
"At that point, if they're not in the right frame of mind you've got no chance. Bottom line, you'd better be prepared when you leave the hotel the day of the game - in this game, the switch just doesn't go off and on."
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