Appalachian State is moving into the FBS ranks this year and there are perks to that. One of them is increased television exposure due to ESPN’s contract with the Sun Belt Conference. This includes their season opener, a return to the Big House to see if they can shock the world again and defeat the mighty Michigan Wolverines. That game will be televised on ESPN2 at 12 noon on August 30.
Few people can likely forget the last time Appalachian State visited the mammoth stadium in Ann Arbor. A plucky Armanti Edwards and speedy Dexter Jackson combined to discomfit an oblivious Wolverines defense. Michigan was powered by Chad Henne, Mike Hart, and Jake Long, and they came back and were set up with a makeable field goal to win the game. Then Corey Lynch happened, the field goal was blocked and the game was over. An FCS squad had defeated a top 5 ranked FBS squad for the first time ever.
The faces have changed and neither team looks like it did in 2007. Lloyd Carr is long gone for the Big Blue, and so is Jerry Moore for Appalachian State. It will be Brady Hoke this time around facing Mountaineers coach Scott Satterfield. Michigan may want this game to erase that mark, but they have to be careful. This App State team is off the radar with no real expectations, and Michigan could sleep on them again.
More Appalachian State games will be played on ESPN3 as well, which is ESPN’s streaming service.
Other Appalachian State football news
Ronald Blair and Jordan Ford receive medical redshirts
Defensive end Ronald Blair received a medical redshirt and will thus have two more years of eligibility remaining after getting injured after two games last year. He was well regarded enough to make Phil Steele’s Preview All-Sun Belt team according to the Appalachian State Sports Information release. He has been a starter on the defense and is expected to do so again.
Defensive back Jordan Ford was a transfer from Monroe College in New York, where injuries limited his playing time. His medical redshirt means that he will have three years of eligibility left in Boone.