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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) ETSU Buccaneers vs. Appalachian State Mountaineers (0-0)
Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019
Time: 3:30pm EST
Venue: Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, North Carolina
NCAA Football Spread: OFF
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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We enter week one with some fresh blood. An intriguing matchup between an FCS school and a conference on the rise being the Sun Belt. App St will look to have another great year coming off a 10-2 season and ETSU coming off a 8-4 year.
ETSU and App St have met 5 times with ETSU being on top 3-2. Their last game against each other was in 1981.
ETSU resurrected their program in 2015 when they rejoined the FCS based Southern Conference. Hauling in a miserable 11-22 record from 2015-2017. First year head coach Randy Sanders led the Bucs last year to an 8-4 overal record and 6-2 in conference. This season he will bring back seven seniors and 15 prospects. With one of them being redshirt freshman Cameron Lewis.
ETSU will again rely heavily on a run heavy offense. The returns of sophmore Quar Holmers and Jacob Saylors who averaged 7.2 yds per carry. On the defensive side of the ball they were a bit shaky. Ranking 32nd Nationally in FCS in total defense, 27th in rushing defense and tied for 25th with 23 total turnovers.
Nonetheless, It seems that App ST might just be too much for them. ETSU last season was 6-1 with games decided a touchdown or less. I don’t epect that to carry over into this season.
The Bucs need a lot of things to go their way to steal one on week 1 in the mountains. If App ST stops the run early could put a lot of pressure on their redshirt freshman QB.
Appalachian State Mountaineers
App State had a great ten win year and it came pretty close to being a pretty special undefeated season if things broke their way.
App State had Penn State on the ropes, but essentially a last second touchdown tied it up and Penn State went on to win in overtime.
Georgia Southern ended up beating App State, as well, by controlling the clock and running the ball. Plus, App State lost their starting quarterback, Zac Thomas, to a concussion.
Statistically, App State boasts one of the better defenses in the nation. They are projected to be on top and win the division. Watch for a steam roll here in the mountains to kick off a great 2019 season.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- App State went 11-2 ATS last year
- App State went 8-2 ATS with equal rest last season
- E. Tenn St. went 2-3 vs .500 or higher teams
- E. Tenn St. went 2-3 last 5 games
Free Week 1 College Football Pick
I’ve got App State winning and covering the spread if the number falls anywhere around -21. Look for a total to be around 64.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: App State
App State is a well rounded team and East Tennessee State just isn’t their yet compared to the athletes the Mountaineers have. I think that trend continues against an App State team that is probably just a notch above the kind of competition E Tenn State is accustomed to beating.
Free Score Prediction: App State 52 – East Tennessee State 13
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