Best of 2007: "The Big House Beating," Appalachian State over Michigan
It was "the Big House Beating"—at least that's how I've been referring to it.
That would be the MASSIVE upset that sent the Michigan Wolverines football program and all of its faithful into a free-fall of endless perplexity.
How did this happen to a consistently top-25 ranked football program, and the most successful program in NCAA history?
This is the most storied program in all of college football, and in my opinion, the upset made the Ohio State vs. Michigan game seem a bit less meaningful—unlike last year when these two powerhouses collided and had everyone begging for a rematch in the BCS National Championship game.
You have to admit: the kids from Appalachian State gave every ounce of their blood, sweat, tears, and emotion to set the world buzzing.
It also made us realize that the "lesser programs" have to get respect. We shouldn't just take these smaller schools for granted and denote those battles as a "gimme game" any longer.
This kind of upset has happened in college basketball before, and the thought in every person's mind was, "This doesn't happen in college football. EVER."
Well, it did this year!
Appalachian State has won the Division I-AA (FCS) national championship for three consecutive years. They went 5-2 in conference play and 13-2 for the season.
Sorry Wolverine fans, but neither of those two losses came from you.
I don't mean to take anything away from Michigan and what they have accomplished in the history of their storied football program—but you have to be better prepared for games like this. You could pin it down to coaching and bad game planning if you'd like.
But I'm going to say that the players on the field just didn't get the job done. Period.
They looked like they were just going through the motions, and they paid the price for it—by becoming the first team ranked in the top 10 at the beginning of the season to fall completely out of the top 25 the next week.
Congratulations Michigan (not something to be proud of, but congratulations anyway).
I am an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan, so I promise you that nothing made me smile on opening day more than that AMAZING upset.
By far the best story of 2007!
Hats off to the Mountaineers of Appalachian State on your third consecutive National Championship.
I hope that we'll see you on the schedule of the big programs again, to show that you have the respect you deserve and to let you know that you too can play with the big boys.
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