On Saturday afternoon, the Michigan Wolverines will take on Appalachian State in a rematch of one of the biggest upsets in college football history, but is that all you know about the Mountaineers?
Follow us through the page break to get to know Michigan’s season opening opponent.
Appalachian State University was founded in 1889 in Boone, North Carolina. They started playing organized football in 1928. For their first three years of play they were an independent school before joining the North State Conference in 1931.
The Mountaineers bounced around a bit, joining the Carolinas Conference in 1961 and going back to playing as an Independent before joining the Southern Conference in 1972, where they spent most of their time and sustained success until making the jump to Division I-A this season, where they are making their transition to the Sun Belt Conference.
They are best known for winning three straight FCS titles from 2005-07 and pulling off a shocking upset over the Michigan Wolverines in the Big House in 2007. They have also won 18 conference titles in their school history.
Appalachian State Football has an All-time record of 568-321-28 (.635 winning percentage).
The Mountaineers have sent 25 players to the NFL Draft, nine of which came after their famous win in Ann Arbor, most notably quarterback Armanti Edwards. They have two former members of the program in the College Football Hall of Fame in Dexter Coakley and Jerry Moore.
The Mountaineers are coming off of a rough season following many consecutive years of great success. They went 4-8 under head coach Scott Satterfield in his first season with the program. They will be looking to bounce back this season, starting with a rematch with the Wolverines on Saturday afternoon.