The Western Kentucky football team will face the No. 1 team in the nation when it travels to Louisiana State on Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.
The Hilltoppers (5-4), winners of five straight, began the week as 41-point underdogs against one of this year's favorites to win the national championship.
"I can't wait," WKU Coach Willie Taggart said Saturday after his team beat Florida International 10-9. "Nobody believes but us. We're going to be ready. ... I don't know if it's football gods or angels, someone's always looking out. We're on a mission and we're not looking to stop right now. Won't lighten up or tighten up."
The Tigers (9-0) held on to the No. 1 ranking after defeating host Alabama 9-6 in overtime Saturday.
Earlier in the day, the Hilltoppers won when kicker Casey Tinius hit a 34-yard field goal as time expired against FIU.
LSU would move one step closer to a BCS Bowl berth with a win while Western Kentucky would be bowl eligible if it pulls the big upset.
A loss for WKU really wouldn't hurt the Hilltoppers' chances of getting into a bowl game or of winning a Sun Belt Conference championship with two league games left on the schedule.
Those scenarios seemed highly unlikely, however, after the team started 0-4 and 0-1 in conference play.
"I think what our football team is doing right now is a learning lesson for all of us," Taggart said. "When things get tough, don't tuck your tail and just run away from it. Roll your sleeves up and you keep working and you keep grinding and you go out and make it happen. ... Really proud of these guys for everything they've been through and the way we started off the season the way we did when no one believed in us."
Western Kentucky has never played the No. 1-ranked team at the FBS (formerly I-A) level and hasn't won six in a row since the end of the 2002 season and the start of the 2003 season. That streak reached 13 games.
It's also homecoming Saturday at Tiger Stadium and the team's Purple Game, where all fans are asked to wear purple.
Stanford receiver out
Chris Owusu has been ruled out for No. 3 Stanford against sixth-ranked Oregon on Saturday night while the wide receiver recovers from his latest concussion.
Stanford Coach David Shaw said Tuesday that Owusu will not play against the Ducks. He said the receiver's status for the rest of the season is still being evaluated by team doctors.
Owusu has had at least three concussions in the last 13 months.
He was taken from Reser Stadium by ambulance last Saturday after a helmet-to-helmet hit by Oregon State's Jordan Poyer. Owusu also was hit hard in the head by Southern California safety T.J. McDonald on Oct. 29.
The Pac-12 suspended McDonald for one half of USC's next game, at Colorado, for the hit.
Owusu was limited to seven games last year because of various injuries — including at least one concussion. He has 35 catches for 376 yards and two touchdowns this season.
Fear of flying
Sammy Brown hates flying, and that may be the biggest reason the talented pass rusher is playing for Houston at all.
Brown's phobia has certainly turned into a boon for the Cougars.
The senior outside linebacker leads the nation in tackles for loss (21½ ) and ranks third in sacks (9½ ), proving there's more to No. 11 Houston than just Case Keenum and the nation's most productive offense.
"He's a very gifted young man, for a 240-pound guy who can run and jump the way he does," Coach Hubert Sumlin said Tuesday. "When he cuts it loose, he's as good a player as there is in this league."
The Cougars (9-0, 5-0 Conference USA) play at Tulane (2-8, 1-5) on Thursday
Brown played two years at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, then boarded a plane for the first time in 2010 to take his official visit to Houston. He said he quickly accepted Sumlin's scholarship offer, just so he wouldn't have to fly to any more campuses.
Georgia tailback returns
Freshman Isaiah Crowell will be back in the starting lineup for No. 14 Georgia's crucial game Saturday against 24th-ranked Auburn.
The Bulldogs say Crowell has learned a lesson after failing a drug test along with two other tailbacks. All three were suspended for a 63-16 win over New Mexico State.
The stakes will be much higher this weekend when Georgia (7-2, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) takes on the Tigers (6-3, 4-2) in the Deep South's oldest rivalry. The Bulldogs are leading the SEC East and can claim a spot in the league championship game by winning their next two games against Auburn and Kentucky.
Crowell leads the team in rushing with 689 yards. But he's broken team rules at least twice, leading to disciplinary action.