College football preview: Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, FIU Panthers vs. Marshall Thundering Herd
Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl
Who: FIU (8-4) vs. Marshall (6-6)
When/where: 8; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
TV: ESPN. Line: FIU by 4
Notable: Both teams beat last year's BOB winner, Louisville, and both played Central Florida, with FIU winning and Marshall losing. … Organizers expect a crowd of 22,000 to 24,000 — FIU sold out its allotment of 4,500 tickets, and Marshall returned about half of its 7,600. … Marshall coach Doc Holliday was on Florida's national championship staff in 2006, and 29 players from Florida are on the Herd roster.
What to watch for: Watch 6-foot-3 Marshall receiver Aaron Dobson, who has 10 touchdown catches this season. Herd QB Rakeem Cato threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns in an overtime win against East Carolina that got Marshall bowl-eligible, more yards than his previous two starts combined. Marshall's Vinny Curry is a draft-caliber pass rusher, among the national leaders in sacks and forced fumbles.