Appalachian State vs. Texas State - 11/23/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Texas State Bobcats (3-7) at Appalachian State Mountaineers (9-1)
College Football: Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 2:30 pm (Kidd Brewer Stadium)
The Line: Appalachian State Mountaineers -28 -- Over/Under: 52.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Texas State Bobcats and the Appalachian State Mountaineers meet in a week 13 Sun Belt college football matchup from Kidd Brewer Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Texas State Bobcats will look to bounce back after falling to 3-7 on the year with a 63-27 loss to Troy in their last outing. Gresch Jensen leads Texas State with 1,291 yards passing along with 5 touchdowns and 6 picks on 62.6% passing while Tyler Vitt has 1,151 yards, 8 touchdowns and 12 interceptions on 64.6% passing. Caleb Twyford leads the Bobcats with 468 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns while Anthony D. Taylor has 208 rushing yards and a pair of scores of his own. Hutch White leads Texas State’s receiving group with 58 catches for 544 yards while Trevis Graham Jr. has 25 receptions for 333 yards and 4 scores. Javen Banks, Jeremiah Haydel and Jah’Marae Sheread each have 200+ receiving yards for the Bobcats this season. Defensively, Bryan London II leads Texas State with 94 total tackles while Nikolas Daniels has 74 total tackles and 4 sacks. As a team, Texas State is averaging 327.6 yards of total defense and 18.7 points per game while allowing 414.4 yards of total defense and 33.2 points per game against this season.
The Appalachian State Mountaineers come into this game looking to hold onto the top spot in the Sun Belt East division after a 56-27 win over Georgia State in their last outing. Zac Thomas has thrown for 1,927 yards, 18 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 62.3% passing while Darrynton Evans leads App State in rushing with 1,014 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. Marcus Williams Jr. also has 401 rushing yards and 4 scores while Corey Xavier Sutton leads the Mountaineers in receiving with 556 receiving yards and 6 TDs. Malik Williams has a team-high 44 catches for 490 yards while Thomas Hennigan has 463 receiving yards for the Mountaineers this season. Defensively, Jordan Fehr leads App State with 77 total tackles while Akeem Davis-Gaither has 73 total tackles and Demetrius Taylor has a team-high 5 sacks. As a team, Appalachian State is averaging 425.5 yards of total offense and 38.4 points per game while allowing 330.7 yards of total defense and 19.9 points per game against this season.
Texas State is 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 conference games while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record. Appalachian State is 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games overall and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record while the under is a healthy 6-2 in their last 8 games in November.
The boatload of points is tempting, but Texas State has nothing but pride to play for at this point as the Bobcats can’t reach the 6 win mark needed to qualify for bowl season, and even pride can’t help Texas State on the road where they’ve lost each game by at least 28 points. App State hasn’t blown teams out each and every week, but the Mountaineers are clearly the better team here and need to keep putting forth solid efforts to keep Georgia Southern at arm’s length as the Eagles own the tiebreaker over the Mountaineers. I’ll lay the points with Appalachian State in a statement win.