Appalachian State was the most talked-about college football team in the country last week after its historic 17-14 upset over No. 6-ranked Texas A&M in College Station.
That thrilling victory catapulted the Mountaineers into the national spotlight, which is why their game against Troy on Saturday is the marquee matchup this weekend on ESPN's College GameDay.
The popular college football kickoff show will descend on Boone, North Carolina, and set up shop at Sanford Mall at Appalachian State University.
Host Rece Davis and crew will take the air at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN and ESPNU.
The excitement around App State should be electric, as they could be in the running for a Bowl game if they continue to play well.
This week's guest picker is North Carolina native Luke Combs, who sang "Beer Never Broke My Heart" in the Mountaineers' locker room after their big win last week.
Also on the schedule is No. 1 Georgia, who will be facing South Carolina in their house, as well as No. 2 Alabama taking on UL Monroe on their home turf and No. 3 Ohio State at Toledo.
Here's a quick look at the schedule for the Top 25 teams for Week 3, as well as predictions for each game, including a closer look at App State vs. Troy.
Week 3 Top 25 Schedule, Predictions
Saturday, Sept. 17
No. 1 Georgia at South Carolina, 12 p.m. ET, ESPN
No. 2 Alabama vs. UL Monroe, 4 p.m. ET, SEC Network
No. 3 Ohio State vs. Toledo, 7 p.m. ET, FOX
No. 4 Michigan vs. UConn, 12 p.m. ET, ABC
No. 5 Clemson vs. Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m. ET, ACC Network
No. 6 Oklahoma at Nebraska, 12 p.m. ET, FOX
No. 7 USC vs. Fresno State, 10:30 p.m. ET, FOX
No. 8 Oklahoma State vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 7 p.m. ET, Big 12/ESPN+
No. 9 Kentucky vs. Youngstown State, 12 p.m. ET, SEC Network
No. 10 Arkansas vs. Missouri State, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN+/SECN+
No. 11 Michigan State at Washington, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC
No. 12 BYU at No. 25 Oregon, 3:30 p.m. ET, FOX
No. 13 Miami (Fla.) at No. 24 Texas A&M, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN
No. 14 Utah vs. San Diego State, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN2
No. 15 Tennessee vs. Akron, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN+/SECN+
No. 16 NC State vs. Texas Tech, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2
No. 17 Baylor vs. Texas State, 12 p.m. ET, FS1
No. 18 Florida vs. South Florida, 7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network
No. 19 Wake Forest vs. Liberty, 5 p.m. ET, ACC Network
No. 20 Ole Miss at Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
No. 21 Texas vs. UTSA, 8 p.m. ET, Longhorn Network
No. 22 Penn State at Auburn, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
No. 23 Pitt at Western Michigan, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Troy at Appalachian State, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+
*Picks in bold.
Appalachian State-Troy Preview
Just one week after going into a game against Texas A&M as 18 ½-point underdogs, App State flips the odds on its head in their favor as they enter their Sun Belt Conference opening game against Troy as the favorite by 12 ½ points.
The oddsmakers have it right, though, as Mountaineers head coach Shawn Clark was a masterful technician from the sidelines with his game management against the Aggies.
"It means something to me to beat the No. 6-ranked program," Clark said via ESPN. "It's two different programs. We don't recruit at the same level. We don't have what they have, but we have a lot of heart and we have the right kind of players in our program."
App State's epic upset wasn't too unbelievable, though, considering they were led by quarterback Chase Brice, who threw for a school-record six touchdowns and 40 points in a fourth-quarter comeback bid that fell just short in their 63-61 opening loss against North Carolina.
"He was crushed," Clark added about Brice. "He loves this program, and today was his shining moment."
Clark, Brice and Camerun Peoples will try to build on that shining moment at Boone against the Trojans.
"It goes back 30 years (to) when Jerry Moore was here and what he instilled in the program, and every coach after him has instilled the same motto," Clark told The Athletic's Chris Vannini. "Take the logo off the helmet and win your one-on-one battles. We’ve done that time and time again. Our kids thrive on these opportunities."
Troy (1-1) has a strong defense to contend with and is coming off of a 38-17 win over Alabama A&T, but stopping App State will be a tall order.
Still, Trojan players like nose tackle Luis Medina think they have a good chance at getting the win.
"We want to beat these guys bad, you know?" Medina told Jon Johnson of the Dothan Eagle. "Overall, they are a beatable team and it’s going to play out Saturday."
Whether Troy's able to get the victory or not, they realize the run that the Mountaineers are on and want to do their best to emulate it.
“App State, since making the transition to FBS football in 2014, they’re 81-25,” Troy head coach Jon Sumrall said. “They’ve got the sixth most wins in all of FBS football. In their last 100 games, they’re 80-20. They’re 42-8 at home since 2014. That’s a lot of impressive stats, record-wise.
“App State, Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma are the only FBS programs with nine-plus wins every year since 2015. What we’re getting ready to walk into is what we want to be, right? Like I want our program to look like what they’ve been doing. So I’ve got a lot of respect for them. A lot of what they’ve accomplished, I’d like for us to emulate and get to that standard and to that level where I think we were before.”
No matter who wins this matchup, it should be an exciting game between two teams trying to establish themselves as football powerhouses in their own right.