Football Bowl Subdivision

Tennessee Tech visits No. 4 TCU

Cookeville, TN (Sports Network) - Open the season at a ranked FBS team and it's supposed to get easier for an FCS program.

That's not necessarily the case for Tennessee Tech, which will try for a monumental upset Saturday at TCU, ranked fourth in the Associated Press writers poll and fifth in the USA Today coaches poll.

Tech is the only FCS team to open the season against back-to-back ranked FBS teams. The Golden Eagles lost 44-3 last Saturday at Arkansas, then ranked 14th, before 69,596.

It's also the second straight week the Golden Eagles face a quarterback who is a Heisman Trophy hopeful. After facing Arkansas' Ryan Mallett last week (intercepting him twice), they take on TCU's Andy Dalton on Saturday.

Sophomore Tre Lamb is Tennessee Tech's starting quarterback, although senior Cass Barnes also sees time behind center for coach Watson Brown's Golden Eagles.

They hope to draw off the upset of another Ohio Valley Conference program, Jacksonville State, which won at Ole Miss last Saturday.

"It's great for everybody, how could it not be? It just doesn't happen very often," Brown said.

This if the first meeting between Tennessee Tech and TCU. Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson and assistant Dick Bumpas were both part of Gary Darnell's coaching staff at Tech in 1983 and '84.

09/10 15:44:37 ET