As much as it didn't hurt Michigan State fans' feelings that their cousins from down the road in Ann Arbor suffered the biggest upset defeat in college football history last week, one has to admit the game has been a little overblown.
Yes, the loss by Michigan to Appalachian State was the first time a ranked 1A team lost to a 1AA team. And yes, the game really was not as close as the score indicated (Michigan actually had to rally to beat the Mountaineers, after Appy State missed a field goal and dropped a wide-open touchdown).
But to have stories in national papers even into Wednesday and Thursday of this week is a little bit too much. How about we take a look at the games that are going to take place this weekend, not the shocker from last weekend. I can understand papers like the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press covering the fallout, but not national publications.
The biggest joke of this week it the fact that the Associated Press has decided to make 1AA teams eligible for its weekly poll. Really? They do realize that this is the first time a ranked 1A team has lost to a 1AA team, right? I don't think it is common enough for 1AA teams to be considered for a vote in the AP poll. If there is a sportswriter out there who believes Appalachian State deserves one vote in the AP poll, he or she should have his or her credentials revoked immediately.
That said, it was a shocker and as much as MSU fans basked in the Mountaineers glory (because it immediately replaced the Spartans' losses to Central Michigan in 1991 and 1992 as the most embarrassing losses on the state's history), it was a bit of an embarrassment for the Big Ten.
I said before the season started that teams like U-M and OSU should not be playing teams out of Division 1AA. I would be embarrassed if MSU had a team like that on its schedule. Of course it just gets worse when you lose to them.
U-M has some work to do to make this season anything close to a success, but it is up to the rest of the Big Ten to help restore the glory of the conference.