Thursday's college game
HAMPTON (0-0) at TENNESSEE TECH (0-0)
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: Tucker Stadium, Cookeville, Tenn.
THE BUZZ: The Pirates open against a quality non-conference opponent in the first meeting between the two. The Golden Eagles tied for the Ohio Valley Conference title last season and are picked to finish fourth this season. The Pirates debut their new Air Raid-inspired offense and transfer QB Najee Tyler, and feature a strong linebacker and secondary core. One intriguing subplot: The impact of Da'Rick Rogers, an All-SEC WR booted from Tennessee's roster who recently transferred to Tech.
PREDICTION: Hampton, 27-24.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun