Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

UF Isn't Worried about Underdog; Appalachian State Pulled Huge Upset in '07, but Gators Confident

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

UF Isn't Worried about Underdog; Appalachian State Pulled Huge Upset in '07, but Gators Confident

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Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO

GAINESVILLE - Florida's players don't seem too worried - at least publicly - about their game against Appalachian State on Saturday.

They're concerned about senior day, stopping a three-game losing streak at Florida Field, and trying to fix an offense that has struggled all season. But there doesn't seem to be too much anxiety about the Mountaineers.

"We watched them on film, and they're really good," Gators cornerback Cody Riggs said. "We just have to be on our game, and we'll handle business."

That's probably what Michigan's players thought in 2007, too.

Instead, Appalachian State stunned the fifth-ranked Wolverines 34-32 in the season opener in Ann Arbor to become the first Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) team to beat a ranked Football Bowl Subdivision team. The Mountaineers were 27-point underdogs, and their victory has been called the greatest upset in NCAA football history. That Appalachian State team went on to win its third FCS national title in a row.

The Mountaineers team that comes into the Swamp is 9-1 and ranked No. 2 in The Sports Network/Fathead.com top 25 and just won a sixth consecutive Southern Conference title. But even though Appalachian State isn't the FCS patsy the Gators normally schedule between the South Carolina and Florida State games and Florida is in a bit of disarray, there is little concern among the players that they could be the next Michigan.

"Nah," linebacker Brandon Hicks said when asked if that could happen.

No chance?

"Nah," he said again.

The players haven't even talked about the possibility, offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert said. They know what happened to Michigan in 2007, but they're more worried about figuring out how to jump-start an offense that put up just 226 yards in last Saturday's 36-14 loss to South Carolina. …

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