Virginia Tech isn't taking a mismatched opponent lightly — not even Austin Peay.
The No. 15 Hokies (1-0) have a short week after playing Georgia Tech on Monday night, and need think back only two years to the last time they played twice in six days: they lost to FCS-level James Madison.
That loss came after they also lost to Boise State the previous Monday. Despite winning this year's opener, the memory and lessons learned lingers for linebacker Bruce Taylor.
"We learned that we can't take your opponent lightly in any situation, no matter who you're playing, what week it is," he said. "We just got to come out and work hard like we're playing Florida State or any other big school. We've got to treat it that way and approach it that way and things will work out for us."
Austin Peay, located in Tennessee, comes from Frank Beamer's old stomping grounds, the Ohio Valley Conference. Beamer coached Murray State in the OVC for six years before coming to his alma mater.
Playing up, for an OVC school, is viewed as a huge opportunity, he said.
"When we were at Murray State and we went to play Memphis and tied them and we went to play Louisville and beat them," he recalled. "So it's a matter of going out there. It's not a matter of what should happen; it's what does happen. So we've got to be ready to play a football game."
Beamer gave the team Tuesday off, despite the short week, to rest, unlike two years ago when quarterback Logan Thomas remembers going through a short practice following the loss to Boise State.
"I think they want us to get our bodies fresh or refreshed because it was a very physical game Monday night. I think a lot of it relies on us and the way our mentality is is this is just one step on the path that we want," Thomas said of the Hokies, viewed by some as national championship contenders. "We've got a chance to come up again on Saturday, just another person is in the way, so the workmanlike mentality that we have should be able to lead us right to where we want to be and be ready to go full go."