I am nominating this for featured article because I feel it meets the FAC criteria and represents an interesting and notable topic. This is the second nomination for this article - the other failed, in part due to lack of discussion.
For those who aren't familiar with the game, this was a college football game between the Michigan Wolverines (members of the upper-tier Division I-FBS) and Appalachian State Mountaineers (members of the second-tier Division I-FCS). Michigan, ranked the fifth-best team in the country, was projected to win big because FCS teams almost always lose to FBS teams, even a team like Appalachian State, who had won two consecutive FCS championships and were favored to win a third. However, Appalachian State stunned everyone by pulling out a 34-32 win, sealed by a last-second blocked field goal; analysts immediately called the game one of the biggest upsets in college football history. A rematch of the game is scheduled to open the 2014 season for both teams ToaNidhiki05 18:47, 14 December 2013 (UTC)
Source spot-checks – In response to plagarism concerns at the first FAC, I checked the wording of the article against sources 14, 17, 20, 26, 56, and 57. Mostly, I see a tendency to use keywords from the sources in the articles, with or without quotes. That isn't optimal, but the good news is such instances are not hard to resolve.
The biggest issue I saw involves ref 17; the article says "The Mountaineer defense was led by safety Corey Lynch", while the source says "Appalachian State's defense, led by safety Corey Lynch".
This is fixed, but there's some funky double punctuation here now. Giants2008 (Talk) 23:10, 28 December 2013 (UTC)
I also see the phrase "hold back" in both ref 17 and the article.
Same goes for the phrase "expressed interest", which is in both the article and ref 26.
Ref 56: "And local stores say they've been swamped with requests for gear bearing the Mountaineers' gold and black colors and logo". Article: "Stores near the Ohio State campus in Columbus, Ohio, reported being "swamped" with requests for gear with the Appalachian State logo and colors". Here, one keyword is given quotes, but there are several other words afterwards straight from the source without quotations marks. That is overly close, and the quotation should be extended or the phrase should be reworded.
Ref 57: I see "open the 2014 season" here and in the source. It should be easy to reword that to not have a phrase directly from the source.Giants2008 (Talk) 02:22, 23 December 2013 (UTC)
I've corrected all of these issues now. ToaNidhiki05 21:10, 23 December 2013 (UTC)
Source comments - Just looking at sources:
Both sources from FOX Sports Wisconsin (currently 13 & 58) redirect to the site's main page.
Good catches, each of these have been corrected. ToaNidhiki05 03:50, 31 December 2013 (UTC)
Great job on the fixes. Sourcing now looks great. I'm going to hold off on supporting until someone looks at the prose (I'm not too good at that), but to me, the article looks FA ready. - Awardgive. Help out with Project Fillmore County 06:52, 31 December 2013 (UTC)
Closing comment -- With no further reviews during January, this nom has stalled so I'll be archiving it shortly. Cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 00:42, 23 January 2014 (UTC)