The Golden Eagles, who finished their 2011 FCS season with a 7-4 record, will be coming into Autzen Stadium after winning their first two contests of the 2012 season, a 41-31 victory over Hampton and a 42-14 victory over North Greenville.
Tennessee Tech is led by head coach Watson Brown, brother of University of Texas head coach, Mack Brown. During his tenure as a college football coach, Brown is no stranger to the FBS level of play. In fact, Brown has been with FBS Division-I programs such as Texas Tech (1978), Cincinnati (1983), Mississippi State (1991-1992), and Oklahoma (1993-1994). His most recent stint at the FBS level, before heading to Tennessee Tech, was as head coach of the Univerisyt of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Blazers. He coached the Blazers for its first 11 years at the FBS level and even led them to their first bowl game in 2004, which resulted in a loss to Hawaii.
Brown came to the Golden Eagles in 2007 and has still kept familiar with FBS level teams throughout his career at Tennessee Tech. In fact, in the past two seasons, the Golden Eagles have played teams such as TCU, Arkansas, and Iowa. Up to this point the Golden Eagles do not have a victory over an FBS team with Brown as head coach.
"This is the toughest one," said Brown when commenting on the Golden Eagles' game against the Oregon Ducks during his weekly show called The Watson Brown Show. "I don't think there is any doubt (of that) because of the style of offense. They can get points so fast. They've been very nice to the first two opponents in the way they've played them. There's no telling what this team (the Ducks) could do if they really wanted to."
As for how his players feel about going into a game they will probably lose, Brown makes sure to taste that the players are just as motivated for this contest as they are for other games.
"The players love it," said Brown about traveling to a place like Autzen. "It doesn't excite me too much, but the players get very excited about it."
Brown also recognizes how much games like this have helped out Tennessee Tech.
"The dollars we get from this has meant so much to the athletic department."
Though they are expected to take quite a beating against the Ducks come Saturday, Tennessee Tech does have a few weapons that could make the game exciting to watch for their fans.
The most notable player on the Tennessee Tech team is likely Da' Rick Rogers, who had quite the publicized exit from Tennessee this August after failing to abide by team rules, later to be exposed as drug related.
In just two games as a Golden Eagle, Rogers has hauled in eight passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns, impressive numbers by any means.
Connecting with Rogers will be senior quarterback Tre Lamb.
Like the Ducks, the Golden Eagles rely on a fast-paced attack that should provide for an exciting atmosphere at Autzen come Saturday.
Make sure to check out Tennessee Tech's attack against the high flying Oregon Ducks when they meet on Saturday, September 15th at Autzen Stadium.