"You've got to win every single one of them to get where you want to go," redshirt junior Chris Jasperse said, "and that's the championship. So you really have to take it one game at a time. We can't worry about ECU down the road. We have to worry about FIU right now. We lose this week, and next week's not so meaningful."
The Herd found a way to win on the road last week, something that has never been easy under Holliday.
And it wasn't easy against Tulsa, as Marshall watched a 21-point lead vanish and needed a fourth-quarter comeback to vanquish the Golden Hurricane, 45-34. If Marshall can knock off FIU, it will be the first time in Holliday's tenure and the first time since 2003 that the Herd has won at least three road games in a season.
That shouldn't be too arduous, even with Marshall's penchant for struggling away from Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The Panthers are near the bottom of the Football Bowl Subdivision in a slew of major categories, including points scored (10.1 per game, 122nd out of 123 FBS teams) and points allowed (37.5 per game, 109th in the FBS).
FIU could muster just 10 points in a loss last week to UTEP, a team that allowed 41 points per game entering that matchup. Among FIU's losses is a 34-13 setback at home to Bethune-Cookman University, a Football Championship Subdivision team that lost to Norfolk State two games ago.
Still, Holliday has warned the team that, if it starts becoming enamored with everything before the game, like the opportunity for many of the Herd's South Floridian players to visit their families, and after the game, the stage could be set for a disappointing finish.
"We have to eliminate the noise," Holliday said. "There's talk about bowls and this and that.
"If we are concerned about anything other than going and playing FIU at this point then our focus isn't where it needs to be. We have to take care of business on Saturday and then we'll worry about all the other noise."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.