DODDCAST: Reliving the App State shocker, previewing Michigan-'Bama

Dennis Dodd says Michigan's season opener against Alabama is the biggest game of Denard Robinson's career. (US Presswire)

The Doddcast returns for to kickoff the 2012 season with a 5th Anniversary celebration of Appalachian State's 34-32 upset of Michigan in the Big House on Sept. 1, 2007. Dennis Dodd and I discuss everything from a "where are they now" to forecasting the future of FCS-BCS matchups amidst conference expansion and the move to 9-game conference schedules.

Then we fast forward five years to preview the biggest game of Denard Robinson's career against Alabama on Sept. 1 in the Cowboys Classic. Robinson, and Michigan as a program, have bounced back from their slide since the upset and could announce their return to college football's elite with a win over the defending champs. Dennis gives his pick for the game, and there is the obligatory discussion of Nick Saban's "process."

Tune in to hear Dennis explain why USC's preseason No. 1 position is worth celebrating, and the difficulty of schools controlling the use of synthetic marijuana.

In a hurry? Check the contents below for specific topics.

0:00 - Introduction and the best entrances in college football
2:26 - How the Notre Dame quarterback situation could be one of the biggest messes in college football this season.
5:10 - 5th Anniversary of Appalachian State - Michigan. Anecdotes from the game and whether it benefits FBS teams to schedule FCS opponents at all.
11:15 - Previewing Alabama - Michigan in the Cowboys' Classic on Sept. 1. Game picks included.
18:25 - Significance of USC being voted No. 1 in the AP Poll and analyzing their National Title chances.
23:00 - Dennis expands on his feature regarding synthetic marijuana use in college football.
28:00 - Most anticipated under-the-radar stories for 2012. The ACC has a chance to matter again with Florida State and Clemson, and Dennis believes Steve Spurrier has "one more shot in his gun" and has the Gamecocks as his "chic dark horse pick."

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