UTC: Mocs facing stout defense at Nebraska

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sure can pick 'em.

As the Mocs continue their preparations for Saturday's season opener against No. 10 Nebraska, consider UTC's recent run of Football Bowl Subdivision opponents.

The Mocs have played the past two Bowl Championship Series national champions -- Alabama (2009) and Auburn (2010) -- and 2008 opponent Oklahoma was in the BCS title game. They've also faced the past three Heisman Trophy winners: Oklahoma's Sam Bradford, Alabama's Mark Ingram and Auburn's Cam Newton.

Nebraska may be in the hunt for a national title and Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez is a long-shot Heisman candidate, but the Huskers have one thing in common with UTC's previous FBS opponents: They have one of the top defensive linemen in the country.

Saturday, UTC will face what should be a dominating defense led by All-America tackle Jared Crick.