Boca Raton Bowl: Western Kentucky at Appalachian State 12/18/21 College Football Picks and Predictions

Boca Raton Bowl: Western Kentucky at Appalachian State 12/18/21 College Football Picks and Predictions Photo by Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Appalachian State Mountaineers (10-3) vs WKU Hilltoppers (8-5)

Game Info: Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 11:00 am (FAU Stadium)

Betting Odds: Appalachian State Mountaineers -3 -- Over/Under: 66.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and Appalachian State Mountaineers face off on Saturday in a college football showdown in the Boca Raton Bowl at the FAU Stadium. These two teams faced off in December of 2020 and it was Appalachian State that came away with the 17-14 victory. 

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers come into this game with an 8-5 record overall. Western Kentucky has won seven of their last eight games but the one loss came in their last game. Western Kentucky gave up 49 points and that led to the eight point defeat. Western Kentucky is averaging 43.08 points per game while their defense has given up 28.7 points per game. The Hilltoppers are a pass-first team and they are currently averaging 434 yards per game through the air. Under center for Western Kentucky is Bailey Zappe who has thrown for 5,545 yards, 56 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Appalachian State Mountaineers who sit with a 10-3 record overall and they also lost their last game. Against Louisiana, the offense could only manage 16 points and that led to the eight point defeat. This has been a strong defensive team, and they are going to need the defense to be strong again in this game. Appalachian State is averaging 34.3 points while their defense is giving up 19.3 points per game. Under center for the Mountaineers is Chase Brice who has thrown for 3.020 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. 

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Western Kentucky is 0-3-1 against the spread in their last four neutral site games. The over is 5-0 in Western Kentucky’s last five non-conference games. The over is 5-0 in Western Kentucky’s last five games as an underdog. The over is 4-0 in Hilltoppers last 4 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.’

This game is all going to come down to Western Kentucky’s offense going against Appalachian State’s defense. I do believe the Mountaineers defense is going to find success, and that is going to be the difference in this one. Back Appalachian State to cover the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick App State -3

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