Better watch out, LSU. Appalachian State is coming to town.
The Mountaineers, who kicked off last year's wacky college
football season with a stunning win at Michigan, will get an even
tougher assignment next season when they open against the defending
national champion Tigers.
Of course, Appalachian State knows plenty about winning national
championships. The Mountaineers enter next season as the three-time
defending champs in Division I's Football Championship Subdivision.
LSU won the Bowl Championship Series title by beating Ohio State
last season. Appalachian State won its record third straight title
in what used to be called Division I-AA by beating Delaware.
Appalachian State and LSU were scheduled to play in 2009, but
the game was moved up a year to accommodate an opening in the
Tigers' schedule. The teams will now not play in 2009.
LSU beat Appalachian State 24-0 during the 2005 season.
The Mountaineers pulled off one of college football's biggest
upsets when they beat then-No. 5 Michigan at the Big House 34-32.
Appalachian State safety Corey Lynch blocked the Wolverines'
game-winning field goal attempt on the final play.
The victory set off a wild scene at the school's Boone, N.C.
campus and thrust the Mountaineers into the national spotlight for
months. Behind speedy quarterback Armanti Edwards, Appalachian
State recovered from two regular-season losses to win three home
playoff games before routing Delaware 49-21 in the title game.
The Mountaineers' success has led several top teams to shy away
from playing them and coaches have been scrambling to fill openings
on the 2008 schedule. Appalachian will visit James Madison and host
Jacksonville and Presbyterian before beginning Southern Conference
The Mountaineers do have future games scheduled at Florida
(2010), Virginia Tech (2011) and Georgia (2013).