Michigan's First 2014 Opponent

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January 13, 2014 at 9:55p

I don't know if any of you guys remember, because I had forgotten just until a few days ago. TTUn's first opponent of the 2014 season will be their old rivals, the Appalachian State Mountaineers. Yes, their old rivals that they are winless against. They get another shot to lose to them.

Now let's compare this historic matchup...

Michigan is coming off a terrible 7-6 season, where they had a wide receiver playing QB, an offensive line with a thug and a bunch of JV backups, and a defense that had some ups and downs (at the very least).

However, as bad as Michigan was last year, Appalachian State was worse.

Sure they were an FCS team last year, but the Mountaineers are coming off a dreadful 4-8 season. With their only wins coming from the likes of Elon, Wofford, Western Carolina, and Georgia Southern. But if there is one positive thing that they have from last year, they beat a team that the SEC​, *cough* *cough* I mean, Florida couldn't beat.

Compared to when the first time these two teams met back in 2007, Michigan was coming off an 11-2 season where they lost their lost their last two games to Ohio State and to USC in the Rose Bowl. Appalachian State were the defending two time FCS National Champions and had a school legend as their coach in Jerry Moore. Michigan still had the likes of Chad Henne, Mike Hart, Mario Manningham, and Jake Long on their team. Appalachian State also had some talent, QB Armanti Edwards, WR's Dexter Jackson and Brian Quick, and Safety Cory Lynch. All were drafted into the NFL.

2014 will also be the first year in the FBS for Appalachian State. And what a way to kick off their debut than against the team that made them famous. It should be a not so fun, but laughable game. But that's quite a ways to go, so for now we should just enjoy what has already happened, thanks for the memories App. State.



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Oyster's picture

It's a no win situation for ttun.  First of all, the only thing that will be shown for the week before the game is a reminder of the upset.  Should ttun win, everyone will say that they should have won anyway and they will go back to the loss and talk about how that derailed their season and put Appy St on the map.  Should Appy win, well, we all know what will happen and we all have to become big (no pun intended) hoke supporters.
Either way, it's a no win for them, we will see constant reminders of the loss and I will be a happy camper that week.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

Idaho Helga's picture

I couldn't figure out why they scheduled this game anyway, it is definitely a no win situation for them.

45has2's picture

Michissippi wants some payback and they want it now.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

sharks's picture

Too bad App St is down, if there was ever a Michigan team that could be exploited, its this one...

A man got to have a code...

zacisone's picture

Hail to the App States of the world!!


rider1's picture

They're still selling tshirts, posters, etc. in Boone from the last game. Go Mountaineers!

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Dude, if lightning struck for the 2nd time...
The schaudenfreude would be unprecedented, unparalleled, and unstoppable.

Class of 2010.

Zimmy07's picture

It's not the same Appalachian St team that it was back then.  They had just won 2 FCS National Championships in a row (& would win their 3rd) before playing TSUN.
I don't know what happened but last year they ended up with a horrible record.  TSUN will probably destroy them.

Oyster's picture

ttun isn't exactly a football juggernaut themselves right now.  They also lose a number of key players to graduation, plus any that decide to leave early.  I do think they will prevail, but I hope it is a close game.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

Hello_Heisman's picture

Oyster - I hate you for even suggesting that it will be a close game.  The Horror II isn't for another 8 months.  Can't I at least have some peace this winter before having to stress over the possibility that you may be right?

60% of the time it works.....every time

Oyster's picture

I said I hope it's a close game, not that I think it will be.  That is my sadistic side wanting to inflict pain on you people.  However, close can be subjective.  Winning by 21 will be close.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

Hello_Heisman's picture

Considering that's 17 points more than the terrifyingly low margin of victory over Akron, I think I'll happily take 21. 

60% of the time it works.....every time

Oyster's picture

It's a term of endearment, trust me...

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

MN Buckeye's picture

The last person that told me to trust them sold me a lovely used car . . .

cjzarecki's picture

Yeah real head scratcher by the TTUN Ath. Director.. I can only imagine the snickering happening on the App. State side of the phone when Dave Brandon called up and said "Hey guys, whadda ya say we try this whole thing again?"
Only bad things happen when you schedule an FCS team
The worst possible thing first: You somehow lose..., the season is automatically in the drain, team confidence and morale is at an all time low, fans start calling for the coaches head, and you're on sportscenter for the rest of the year, if not eternity as "greatest upsets ever".  Following the worst case scenario, if you don't have the game in hand by half way through the second quarter, people are going wonder what the major malfunction is. If you win by less than a two score margin it's viewed as a loss. If you win by 50, you impress no one because that's what you were supposed to do, and not to mention your athletic department pissed away $900,000 to Southwest Montana State.
Oh and not to mention, specifically as Buckeye fans, ... we'd have to hear the lovely Mark May casually mention that we played an FCS opponent every broadcast for the remainder of the 8 or 9 weeks left in the season.