Appalachian State 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction

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Breaking Down the Appalachian State Mountaineers Win Total

2020 College Football Season

Appalachian State O/U 9.5 Wins -- Title Odds: +100000

The Appalachian State Mountaineers were dominant on both sides of the ball last season.  Appalachian State finished the season 9th in points scored per game, averaging 38.8. The defense allowed an average of 20.0 points per contest, that average ranked 21st at the FBS level.  Appalachian State was under the direction of Eli Drinkwitz, who has since taken a job at the University of Missouri. Appalachian State finished the 2019 campaign with a record of (12-1). Get College Football Predictions at Pick Dawgz.

Appalachian State was led on offense by quarterback Zac Thomas.  Thomas passed for 2,718 yards, while finishing with an impressive touchdown to interception ratio of 28 to 6.  The quarterback added 440 yards rushing and 7 touchdowns. The offense will need to make up for Darrynton Evans who will forgo his senior season, after rushing for 1,480 yards and 18 touchdowns.  Marcus Williams Jr. will be a senior and the job should be his to lose. Williams rushed for 652 yards and 5 touchdowns, while averaging 5.8 yards per rush attempt. Thomas Hennigan led the wideouts with 61 receptions, 773 yards, and 6 touchdowns. Corey Sutton contributed 601 yards and 7 touchdowns. 

Defensively, the team collected 36 sacks and 14 interceptions.  The leading tackler was Jordan Fehr with 107, but he will not be back due to graduation.  Defensive lineman Demetrius Taylor led the defense in sacks with 7, while also totaling 44 tackles.   Shaun Jolly had a great season in the secondary as a sophomore. Jolly registered 5 interceptions, 45 tackles, while having 8 passes defended.  He will be back in the secondary for the 2020 season for the Mountaineers. 

Let us take a look at the Appalachian State 2020 schedule. 

Sept. 5 Morgan State

Sept. 11 at Wake Forest

Sept. 19 at Wisconsin

Sept. 26 UMass

Oct. 7 Louisiana

Oct. 14 at Georgia Southern

Oct. 24 Arkansas State

Oct. 31 at ULM

Nov. 7 at Texas State

Nov. 14 Georgia State

Nov. 21 at Coastal Carolina

Nov. 28 Troy

Appalachian State opens the season with 4 straight non-conference games, with the opener being against Morgan State.  Appalachian State has 4 road games during conference play, with 3 of them being against teams that finished the 2019 season with a losing record. Appalachian State will have two tough road games against Wake Forest and Wisconsin after the home opener.  Appalachian State at worse will be 2-2, but the Wake Forest game could be a nice underdog bet when the time comes. The team is now coached by Shawn Clark, after the departure of Eli Drinkwitz. Clark is very familiar with the program, as he played for Appalachian State and then has been on staff since 2016.  The familiarity is there as a coach and the players are familiar with him. I’ll take the over on this projected win total, as I expect the team to pick right up from where they left off from the 2019 campaign. Appalachian State is again the team to beat in the Sun Belt.       

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