Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. Michigan Wolverines
Michigan hosts Appalachian State to open the 2014 season in a rematch of the Mountaineers' monumental upset from 2007. Both teams struggled in 2013 — the Wolverines finished 7-6 after a loss to Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, while Appalachian State went 4-8 in its final year in FCS.
Details for Saturday's game are below:
Kickoff: Noon ET
Live stream: The game can be live streamed here.
TV coverage: ESPN2
Michigan Wolverines facts
Michigan is entering its fourth season under head coach Brady Hoke. His record with the Wolverines is 26-13, which includes a 2011 season that saw the team go 11-2 and win the Sugar Bowl.
The Wolverines averaged 3.28 yards per carry last season, placing them 115th in the country. They lose NFL draft picks Taylor Lewan and Michael Schofield off last year's offensive line.
Redshirt senior quarterback Devin Gardner led the Big Ten in yards per pass attempt last season with 8.6. Redshirt junior cornerback Blake Countess tied for the conference lead with six interceptions.
Highly-touted freshman Jabrill Peppers will start at nickelback and also serve as Michigan's punt returner.
The Wolverines were fifth in the Big Ten in total defense last season, allowing 371.5 yards per game. The unit returns nine starters for 2014.
Appalachian State facts
The Mountaineers are entering their first season as members of FBS and the Sun Belt Conference. The program won three national titles at the FCS level.
Head coach Scott Satterfield is entering his second season. Satterfield played under former coach Jerry Moore from 1991-95 and coached under him at ASU for 12 seasons.
Sophomore running back Marcus Cox returns after rushing for 1,250 yards and 21 touchdowns last season. He finished second in voting for the FCS Freshman of the Year award.
Several players from the 2007 team that beat Michigan went on to play in the NFL, including star quarterback Armanti Edwards, safety Corey Lynch and receiver Dexter Jackson.
A section of Appalachian State's football facility is dedicated to the 2007 upset over the Wolverines.
- Ben Estes