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(5-2) Appalachian St. Mountaineers vs. Georgia Southern Eagles (4-3)
Date: Thursday, October 27th
Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: Allen E. Paulson Stadium, Statesboro, Georgia
NCAA Football Spread: Appalachian State -5
NCAA Betting Total: 45.5
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This is an important game in determining who will win the Sun Belt right now. App State is one of three teams that has yet to lose in conference while Georgia Southern is right behind that group with a single loss.
Whoever wins this one likely takes the mantle of favourite.
Over the last two seasons these programs have swapped home victories.
Appalachian State has played well on the road this season, putting a scare into Tennessee and shutting out Lafayette just a couple of weeks ago.
They are the favourite for good reason.
Appalachian St. Panthers
Appalachian State came into the season and the perceived best team in the Sun Belt and nothing has happened to change that perception.
They may have gotten beat by some good teams out of conference but in the league they are 3-0 with a combined score of 78-22. Those are results against the bottom of the league but they are still dominant results.
They are going to have win a game on the road to take the regular season crown and this is the first big one.
Despite getting pushed around by the big boys a bit this group has strong defensive numbers.
They are giving up less than 20ppg and are stingy against the run. When they have the ball they are balanced but not very prolific.
The Key for QB Taylor Lamb is avoiding costly mistakes. He is not having nearly as good a season as he did a year ago when he was super efficient against GaSo – 14/20 with a couple of touchdown passes.
Georgia Southern Eagles
Georgia Southern is a good but not great team.
Similar to App State they have only played the weaker sisters in the Sun Belt, with the exception being Arkansas State, who beat them. They are a dominating run team, 10th in the nation in rushing yards.
In what has to be a scheduling error they have played their last four games on the road. They only won one, beating new Mexico State last week.
RB Matt Breida was the lead dog for this group a year ago rushing for more than 1600 yards.
This season he has mostly been held in check, not rushing for even 80 yards in a game. Wesley Fields is the team’s leading rusher now but he also has not been as effective this season, seeing his yards per carry drop.
The same goes for QB Kevin Ellison, one of the challenges of option offenses is there is not much you can do to mix it up if it isn’t working.
You are who you are.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Mountaineers are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win.
- Mountaineers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- Over is 5-1 in Mountaineers last 6 games following a ATS loss.
- Under is 5-0 in Eagles last 5 conference games.
- Under is 4-0 in Eagles last 4 Thursday games.
- Eagles are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss.
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This is only going to be a good game if the Eagles are able to run the ball. If not they are going to lose, even if the game is at home. They are going to be facing a pretty stingy defense.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Appalachian State -5
I am interested to see where the number goes on this one. App State is the better team but an option team at home can be tough to beat.
If they get rolling and the crowd is behind them it could get tough for the Mountaineers.
Still I like them to be in control throughout the contest.
Week 9 Free Score Prediction: Appalachian State 38 – Georgia Southern 23
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