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Herd Heading West To Louisville

By Saturday night Marshall will have played more Big East teams this season than teams in its own Conference USA. The Herd will try to turn things around at Louisville.

Marshall, 1-3, lost to ranked Virginia Tech last Saturday in Huntington. The other losses were to WVU of the Big East and Ohio of the MAC.

Play by play voice Steve Cotton says Louisville isn’t ranked but will be a challenge.

"Coach Holliday has said all along that these are opportunities that we are going to embrace," Cotton said. "If you start whining about the schedule nothing good is going to happen."

Holliday has preached a balanced offensive attack but the Herd has had a very difficult time getting its running game going. Cotton says freshman quarterback Rakeem Cato seemed to grow up last week in the loss to the Hokies.

"We’re looking at a guy that is making progress week to week before our eyes and that’s the way it’s supposed to be," Cotton said Friday on the MetroNews Morning News.

Louisville did not play last week so Cotton says the MU coaching staff believes the Cardinals may have something up their sleeves.

"When you get into the season and you have a team that’s had that extra week you have to be ready for just about anything," Cotton said. "They often will tinker with things and try to put in some kind of wrinkle."

Kickoff from Louisville is set for 3:30. You can see post-game coverage at

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