HUNTINGTON — As No. 22 Marshall gets ready for its third Conference USA contest, it takes on a similar feel to the first two. Coming into the season, Western Kentucky was the prohibitive favorite to win the East Division due to its defense. Marshall promptly jumped out to a 38-0 lead on the road in a 24-point win.

Last week, Louisiana Tech was the opponent — another divisional favorite in the West. Marshall never trailed in a 35-17 win over the Bulldogs, as well. This week, it is another test — albeit, a bigger one than the Herd has faced yet. In its quest to be the best, Marshall has to face the team who currently holds that title. The Herd hosts Florida Atlantic at 2:30 p.m. for Homecoming 2020 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium on Saturday.

The Owls are the reigning Conference USA champions, which players said brought a chip to their shoulders. Last season, Marshall defeated Florida Atlantic, 36-31, on the strength of a 220-yard, two-touchdown game from running back Brenden Knox. However, a late-season loss to Charlotte put FAU in the C-USA championship, which they won to take the title.