West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen said if his players want to look past James Madison University because it plays a notch below the big-time programs, they should consider what happened to Virginia Tech a couple of years ago.
JMU knocked off the highly respected Hokies, and they nearly did the same last year to Maryland. So Holgorsen knows this game will not be a cake walk.
"That Virginia Tech game is something we've talked about," said Holgorsen, adding that six I-AA teams have knocked off I-A teams in the first two weeks of the season. "We need to do everything we can to make sure it doesn't happen to us."
Saturday's football game will be played on a neutral site, as both teams will travel to Washington, D.C., to play at FedEx Field. Kick-off for the game is slated for 4:30 p.m., and it will be televised on Root Sports.
WVU, 1-0 and ranked eighth, has been designated the home team.
West Virginia University legend and National Football League Hall of Famer Sam Huff will be honored at the game.
WVU vs. JMU
When: Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
Where: FedEx Field, Washington, D.C.
TV: Root Sports
Line: WVU by
JMU comes into the game unbeaten after two games, winning 55-7 over St. Francis (Pa.) and 42-3 over Alcorn State.
The Dukes have been one of the premier programs in the I-AA division, even going as far as to list the dates of the post-season playoffs all the way to the national championship on their schedule.
"We anticipate this being a bigger challenge than what we had a week ago," Holgorsen said during Monday's Big 12 Conference coaches' teleconference. "They play with tremendous amount of effort. This will definitely be a challenge for us. We are taking them every bit as serious as we took Marshall and as serious as we will be taking Maryland next week."
James Madison is hyping the game to the Harrisonburg, Va., community, putting up billboards and advertisements at every turn. School officials are hoping the Dukes' fans flock to the nation's capital.
"They are pumping this up because they are playing up a level," Holgorsen said. "(Playing Virginia Tech and Maryland), they are used to being in these big games."