Appalachian State won’t have Michigan to kick around anymore.
The Mountaineers’ 34-32 upset of the Wolverines in Ann Arbor five years ago stands as one of the greatest upsets in college football.
It won’t happen again.
Call it one small step in a football schedule, but one giant leap in regaining conference credibility.
Appalachian State notwithstanding, the Big Ten’s reported commitment to stop scheduling games with non-Division I teams is a positive move toward restoring national prominence.
The conference has slipped in stature over the past several decades, even as it added top programs Nebraska and Penn State. Beefing up the schedule is one way to regain lost swagger.