Well, if there was anyway to torture the Michigan fan base, scheduling Appalachian State would qualify. In Michigan's 2007 match up with Appalachian State, commonly referred to as "The Horror," Michigan suffered under one of the greatest upsets of all-time.
Michigan entered the game ranked #5 in both the AP and Coach's poll, but Michigan ended up falling to the Mountaineers. This was the first time a Division I FCS team had ever defeated a ranked Division I FBS team.
Though many credit the loss to Michigan "shooting itself in the foot," there is no doubt that it truly was a horrific event for the fan base. Adding them to the 2014 schedule in the home opener (same scheduling slot as in 2007) will surely give fans a reminded of that dreadful day.
The Detroit Free Press reported the story earlier this afternoon and I think fan reaction will be interesting. One tweeter (username Hail2MI) even stated, "I can't tell if (people) are scared of (Appalachian State) or are convinced they're much lower grade than the Eastern/Westerns of the world."
We may not know how this game will end, but I'm surely Michigan will be fired up to repay the Mountaineers for their upset in 2007. Let's hope Michigan proves it.