Michigan went into the 2007 season as a Top 5 BCS program with national title aspirations, but the Wolverines lost to D1-AA Appalachian State in the season opener.
After a talent-filled team partied away the 2007 summer, players continued to drink and smoke during the school’s “Welcome Week” in the days leading up to the season. So confident in their ability to beat the FCS Mountaineers, many players got high hours before kickoff to “see how bad we can beat ‘em up if we are stoned.” In an article by Ace Williams being released in November, the former player said:
“The night before the game, everyone was smoking pot and having fun at the team hotel, no coaches were bothering us. The next day, (game day), one offensive player in particular was the ring leader and was messing around trying to convince all the other guys that we could beat these guys stoned and how crazy it would be to be all messed up and still ‘drop 50 on these fools’. For some reason, there was a ton of people who joined in. From what I saw and was told afterwards, 6 defensive starters and 3 offensive starters smoked up that morning. One guy in particular who I know did is the one who made the biggest error of the game and cost us a chance to win. ”
It has been 5 years since the loss, in which the Wolverines failed to qualify for a Bowl game in two of those seasons. Last year, under new coach Brady Hoke, the Wolverines finished with 10–2 and beat Ohio State for the first time in 7 years. In 2014, Michigan will get their rematch in the Wolverines’ home opener against Appalachian State in what fans hope will be the end to hazy era in Michigan football.