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Appalachian State will never forget its 34-32 victory over Michigan, but the Wolverines will try to get revenge in the season opener. Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images.
Appalachian State will never forget its 34-32 victory over Michigan, but the Wolverines will try to get revenge in the season opener. Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images.

Date: Aug. 30
Location: Ann Arbor, Mich.

Some games are about national importance, some games are about the primetime spectacle under the lights and some games are about retribution.

Appalachian State is most well known for its 2007 upset over the Wolverines, and it returns to The Big House for the season opener. This is the chance for the Michigan coaches, players and fans to lessen the sting. This is a chance to get revenge.

Fair or unfair, this game means a lot. It's not a premier non-conference game, but thanks to the upset seven years ago it will be heavily watched.

Michigan adds Doug Nussmeier as the offensive coordinator, and this will be everyone's first look at his impact. There is a lot riding on this game, and it will tell us a lot about coach Brady Hoke's chances of retaining his job.