Well, it goes back to 2007, the year the NCAA allowed schools to add a 12th regular season game, for no reason but revenue.
Yes, another shameless money grab on the backs, knees, and skulls of amateur athletes.
To find an extra opponent, Michigan had to scramble.
When a Division I-AA team called Appalachian State agreed to come to Ann Arbor for a flat fee of $400,000, fans wondered why Michigan had scheduled a team from the second tier for the first time – and, where the heck is that place?
It turns out Appalachian State isn’t even a state. (I looked it up.)
Their fight song didn’t instill much fear, either: “Hi-Hi-yike-us. No-body like us. We are the Mountaineers! Always a-winning. Always a-grinning. Always a-feeling fine. You bet, hey. Go Apps!”
“The Victors,” it was not.