BOONE, N.C. (AP) -- Appalachian State has grown accustomed to national titles and long winning streaks, so what's all the buzz surrounding a game the Mountaineers will almost certainly lose?
Well, it's Michigan. Not every day does a Football Championship Subdivision team visit the fabled Big House.
But that's what happens Saturday. Appalachian State is a two-time defending champion of Division I-AA, but they aren't expected to be anything more than sacrificial lambs.
Playing high-profile opponents offers a shot at generous television exposure, precious time on the nightly national highlight shows and the chance of pulling a monumental upset.
Western Carolina also faces a big team on Saturday -- the Catamounts will travel to play Alabama in coach Nick Saban's first game with the Crimson Tide.