South Carolina vs. Appalachian State - 11/9/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Appalachian State Mountaineers (7-1) at South Carolina Gamecocks (4-5)
College Football: Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Williams-Brice Stadium)
The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks -3.5 -- Over/Under: 51
The Appalachian State Mountaineers and the South Carolina Gamecocks meet in a week 11 college football matchup from Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday night.
The Appalachian State Mountaineers will look to bounce back after their first loss of the season coming in the form of a 24-21 loss to Georgia Southern in their last outing. Zac Thomas has thrown for 1,566 yards, 14 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 62.6% passing while Darrynton Evans leads App State in rushing with 798 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Marcus Williams Jr. and the aforementioned Zac Thomas each have 300+ rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns as well for the Mountaineers this season. Thomas Hennigan leads App State in receiving with 39 catches for 452 yards and 4 touchdowns while Malik Williams has 37 grabs for 438 yards and Corey Xavier Sutton has 28 catches for 345 yards and 3 touchdowns this season. Defensively, Akeem Davis-Gaither leads App State with 64 total tackles as well as logging 2.5 sacks while Demetrius Taylor leads the Mountaineers with 5 sacks this season and Shaun Jolly has a team-high 3 interceptions. As a team, Appalachian State is averaging 437.5 yards of total offense and 38.5 points per game while allowing 329.6 yards of total defense and 19.6 points per game against this season.
The South Carolina Gamecocks will look to build on a 24-7 win over Vanderbilt and get back to .500 on the year with a win here. Ryan Hilinski has thrown for 1,752 yards, 10 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 61.2% passing while Tavien Feaster leads South Carolina in rushing with 625 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns. Rico Dowdle has 457 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns while Mon Denson has 232 rushing yards and 3 TDs. Bryan Edwards leads the Gamecocks in receiving with 62 catches for 726 yards and 5 touchdowns while Shi Smith has 408 receiving yards and Kyle Markway has 220 receiving yards this season. Defensively, T.J. Brunson leads the Gamecocks with 66 total tackles while Ernest Jones is right behind with 65 total tackles and Israel Mukuamu has a team-high 4 interceptions. Aaron Sterling leads the Gamecocks with 6 sacks on the year while Javon Kinlaw has 5 sacks and D.J. Wonnum has 4.5 sacks this season. As a team, South Carolina is averaging 409.2 yards of total offense and 27.2 points per game while allowing 383.4 yards of total defense and 25 points per game against this season.
Appalachian State is 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the SEC. South Carolina is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a win and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against the Sun Belt while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win.
I get South Carolina being favored because they’re at home and are aa decent SEC program, but a win over a struggling Vanderbilt team doesn’t make me forget that this is the same Gamecocks team that got blown out by a bad Tennessee squad after hanging tough against Florida and beating Georgia outright the week prior. Appalachian State has shown before and even this season with their win over North Carolina that they’re not afraid to go on the road and hang and beat the big boys and I think that the Mountaineers want to make a statement and get back into the top-25 and it comes here as I think the Mountaineers upset South Carolina on the road, but I’ll take the points just to be safe.