Appalachian State vs. Texas St, 9-16-2017 - Pick and Prediction
Written by: Joseph Phelan
Appalachian State Mountaineers (1-1) at Texas State Bobcats (1-1)
When and Where: Saturday, September 16 at 7 p.m. ET at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, TX
Line: Appalachian State -24
The Mountaineers and Bobcats have each split their first two games. Appalachian State beat Savannah State this past weekend, while opening the year losing to Georgia. Texas State beat Houston Baptist before losing to Colorado over this past weekend.
Taylor Lamb Show
The Mountaineers had little chance to upset Georgia to begin the season, but they came out strong against Savannah. Taylor Lamb threw five touchdowns in the win. Lamb poured in 327 yards in the rout. The Mountaineers offense has the potential to put up 50 plus points against inferior opponents. Collin Reed put together a solid game against Savannah State, catching three passes for 106 yards and two scores.
Appalachian State was solid, for the most part, against Georgia. The Bulldogs won relatively handily, but they didn’t dominate as much as they could have. The Mountaineers rebounded nicely against Savannah State, who managed one touchdown, and it didn’t happen until the fourth quarter.
Where’s the Offense?
The Bobcats struggled against the Colorado Buffaloes over the weekend. Colorado, of course, plays in a Power Five conference, but still it would be nice to see Texas State show a bigger fight on offense. There was a plus for Texas State, though. Sophomore Anthony D. Taylor rushed for 66 yards on eight carries. That came a week after freshman Anthony Smith rushed for 71 yards on only seven carries.
Texas State’s defense will be challenged by Appalachian State this weekend. The Bobcats allowed only 91 yards on 41 carries to Colorado. The Mountaineers average over five yards per carry, so this should be a great test for Texas State’s defense.
- Mountaineers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Mountaineers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
- Mountaineers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games on fieldturf.
- Mountaineers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
- Bobcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
Appalachian State should win this game, but Texas State should make things interesting. Texas State’s defense has done a tremendous job against the run, while Appalachian State’s offense can do work on the ground. It’s contrasting styles whenever the Mountaineers have the ball.
Pick: Texas State +24
Joe graduated from St. Bonaventure University in Western New York. He works as a news reporter for a paper in Saratoga Springs, NY. He's been watching sports since he could walk, his favorites being basketball and football.
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