An unprecedented third-conseuctive national title is on the line when Appalachian State University takes on Delaware in Friday's NCAA Division I football national championship game at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
NOTING FRIDAY'S MATCHUP
?€˘ Appalachian (12-2) is looking to become the first program to ever win three-straight national titles at the NCAA Division I FCS (Football Championship Subdivision - formerly Division I-AA) level.
?€˘ With a win, ASU would become the first Division I squad since 1946 to win three national championships in a row and only the sixth program at any level of NCAA football to claim three-straight titles.
?€˘ The Mountaineers are only the fifth program in FCS history to boast three-straight national-championship game appearance.
?€˘ Appalachian comes into Friday's game with an 11-game postseason winning streak, a record for consecutive postseason wins in contiguous years at the FCS/I-AA level.
?€˘ The Mountaineers are undefeated in two previous trips to the national championship game. The Apps topped Northern Iowa, 21-16, in 2005 and defeated Massachusetts, 28-17, last year.
?€˘ Both of Appalachian's previous national titles have been won at Chattanooga's Finley Stadium. Combined with a 56-21 win over Chattanooga during the 2006 regular-season, ASU boasts a 3-0 record at Finley Stadium over the past 24 months. The stadium's primary tenant, UTC, has won only two games at Finley during that same span.
?€˘ Friday's matchup marks the Mountaineers' third versus an opponent from the Colonial Athletic Association during the 2007 postseason. The Apps snuck past James Madison, 28-27, in a first-round matchup on Nov. 24 and routed Richmond, 55-35, in last Friday's semifinal.
?€˘ Appalachian is 19-8 all-time versus current members of the CAA, which played under the Atlantic 10 banner until this season. However, ASU and Delaware have never met on the gridiron.
?€˘ Teams from the Southern Conference and CAA/A-10 have won seven of the last nine national championships, including titles by Delaware (2003) and Appalachian (2005, '06).
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