Michigan can even series against Appalachian State

Michigan has a chance to even its series with Appalachian State.

The Wolverines were beaten by the Mountaineers in 2007 and became the first Top 25 college football team to lose to a second-tier program.

Three years ago, Michigan decided to take another shot at beating Appalachian State and scheduled a rematch Saturday at the Big House.

The Wolverines have dismissed the historical angle of the game because they are simply focused on bouncing back from their disappointing 7-6 season.

Appalachian State is hoping last year was an aberration as it moves to the Sun Belt Conference and the highest level of college football. The Mountaineers were 4-8 in coach Scott Satterfield's debut, the school's first losing season since 1993 and first one with eight losses since 1979.