We didn't mention this last week, although you might have heard that after Appalachian State's win over Michigan in Week 1 (which you did hear about, because you are currently breathing), the Associated Press allowed voters to include any
I-AA FCS team in their Top 25. The rule change came mid-week, so the Week 2 polls didn't include App State.
Would anyone vote for them? Even a week removed from college football's most seismic upset ever? Well, sorta.
In the Week Three rankings, the Mountaineers received a total of 19 points from four voters. One fellow put ASU 13th in his list of America's 25 best college football teams. That man was Dave Goren, sports director of an NBC TV affiliate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, about a two hour drive from Appalachian State's headquarters in Boone, NC. That means 12 of A-State's 19 points came from one man, leaving seven points divided between three other guys.
This past weekend, Appalachian State beat up on a Division II team, Lenoir-Rhyne — which sounds more like a law office than a college. Their stadium, which only holds about 16,000 humans, packed about another 11,000 souls onto the grassy knoll behind one end-zone as the ASU Mountaineers won 48-7 using their backup quarterback. The custom-tailored Armanti Edwards sat out with a minor injury, which I can only speculate occurred after being mobbed by locals from Boone.
It can't be said enough. It's amazing what's happening to Appalachian State football. In their home opener against a clearly outmatched team, the home attendance is 172 percent of the stadium's capacity, and over twice that of Boone's population of about 13,000. The season couldn't be going better for the Mountaineers, who were ranked No. 1 in the FCS prior to the Michigan win, and if they stay undefeated, they should hold that ranking in USC fashion. They play no more
Division I-A FBS opponents this year, so they'll have to settle on trying to win a third straight FCS championship. Unless, when they beat Michigan, they caught some kind of college football venereal disease that causes late-season collapses.
By the way, after Michigan's dismal loss to Oregon a couple of days ago, they nave nary a vote in the Associated Press poll. Lenoir-Rhyne would do well to schedule them this year in December, when other teams are in playoffs and bowl games.Powered by Sidelines