After two weeks against each other, Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato said the players are itching to turn their attention toward someone else.
"Everybody's eager to get back on the field," he said. "Everyone's excited. Everyone's having fun. Everyone's turned it up. They're getting their swagger back and getting comfortable just playing their ball game."
Last season's Southern Miss game, a 26-20 Herd win, was a coming-out party of sorts for Cato, who threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns.
It will be the sophomore's first visit to raucous Roberts Stadium, where Marshall lost 41-16 in its last visit in 2010.
But any memories of the game's atmosphere aren't in Holliday's mind.
"I didn't have a whole lot of fond memories down there, because if I remember right, we got the (stuff) beat out of us," Holliday said. "That was not a good day for us."
The Golden Eagles might be winless, but they're just a year removed from a 12-2, C-USA title-winning season. Southern Miss lost four-year starting quarterback Austin Davis - true freshman Anthony Alford will start Saturday - but the Eagles return six offensive starters and four defensive starters from last year's team. USM clawed closer to its first win last week, taking Central Florida to two overtimes before finally falling 38-31.
Holliday said that's a testament to new Coach Ellis Johnson and his staff.
"He hasn't lost his players," Holliday said. "He has held them together. They're playing extremely hard. That's a tribute to him and that's a tribute to that team."
The Herd doesn't want to be the first victim for the Golden Eagles. It can barely afford to be. Marshall hasn't faced an East Division foe yet - Southern Miss will be the first - and a perfect second half could put the Herd in the conference title game.
"We all want to get to that goal," Hunter said. "If we win out, we can still go to the conference championship. We have to come out and win these last six games. We want it. We're hungry."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.