September 14, 2007

Upset-minded Hornets visit Kent State

Appalachian State's 34-32 win at Michigan three weeks ago has sent a message to every team in the country-regardless of division-that the talent gap among the big schools and small schools has continued to close. That's good news for mid-major programs like Kent State when they travel to BCS conference schools, but it definitely presents a cause for concern when the Golden Flashes host Delaware State on Saturday at Dix Stadium.

The Hornets, ranked No. 24 in Division I-AA, enter the contest with a 2-0 mark that includes a 23-18 win over then No. 24 Coastal Carolina in week one.

"It's good and it's good recognition for our football team for about a minute," said Delaware State head coach Al Lavan, about the Hornets' national ranking. "For me, outside of the recognition that others might give us and their perception of where we are, I don't mean to be flippant by saying it, but it's of no value to me on Tuesday afternoon as we try to implement the game plan or Saturday afternoon when we play."

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