August 29, 2014 at 1:00 am

Detroit News predictions: Michigan vs. Appalachian State

Devin Funchess returns after catching 49 passes for 748 yards in 2013. (John T. Greilick / Detroit News)


■Angelique S. Chengelis: There have been a few trips down memory lane this week with Appalachian State coming to town for the first time since pulling off the unthinkable upset in 2007. The current Michigan players, however, are the first to tell you they werenít there, they were too young to remember it, and donít care to discuss a game that happened seven years ago. This Appalachian State team is very different than that championship team and wonít pose a similar threat. Michigan will try to establish the run behind an offensive line that needs to find its way early this season. The Michigan defense will be too much. Michigan 24-3

■Matt Charboneau: Thereís already been plenty of talk about the last time Appalachian State came to Ann Arbor, but this team is only similar in name. An inexperienced team that was 4-8 last season likely doesnít have the playmakers to pull off another upset, or even keep it close, for that matter. Michigan 45-10

■John Niyo: Time to find that running game, irretrievably lost behind Michiganís offensive line last fall. Also time to see some consistent havoc created by the defensive line, particularly off the edge. Michigan 34-14

■Bob Wojnowski: Appalachian State may send shivers down spines, but it isnít as talented as it was on that fateful day seven years ago. And if ever Michigan should be emotionally prepared, this is it ó as long as its offensive line is physically prepared. Michigan 49-13