Arkansas State vs. Appalachian State Prediction, Game Preview

    It’s the new Sun Belt Game of the Year. Appalachian State (7-1) took care of Georgia Southern a few weeks ago, but needed three overtimes to get by Troy

    November 5, 2015


    It’s the new Sun Belt Game of the Year. Appalachian State (7-1) took care of Georgia Southern a few weeks ago, but needed three overtimes to get by Troy last week. This is still the class of the Sun Belt, and it needs to show it against an Arkansas State (5-3) team still unbeaten in conference play and coming in on a four-game winning streak. Check out the Appalachian State vs. Arkansas State game preview and prediction.

    Arkansas State vs. Appalachian State Game Preview

    Broadcast

    Date: Thursday, Nov. 5
    Game Time: 7:30 pm
    Venue: Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone NC
    Network: ESPNU
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    Why Arkansas State Will Win

    The defense is among the best in the Sun Belt with the aggressiveness and pass rush to get into the Appalachian State backfield and stop the ground attack before it gets started. The Red Wolves don’t have much of a passing game – which is how Troy stayed in the game last week – but their ground attack is as efficient and deadly as any in the country, coming up with over too yards in every game but the losses to Missouri and Toledo. If the Red Wolves can control the game and keep the Mountaineer offense off the field, they should be able to hang toe-to-toe. However …

    Why Appalachian State Will Win

    The run defense knows how to swarm. The linebackers were all over the Georgia Southern option attack, and outside of a few big runs from Wyoming, no one has been able to go off on this group. Troy came close, running for four of the eight touchdown ASU has allowed on the year, but the Mountaineer pass rush was good enough, and the line aggressive enough, to keep the Trojans to just 140 rushing yards. Make Arkansas State into a passing team, and there won’t be any problems.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    Marcus Cox ran for 229 yards and two scores in last year’s Mountaineer win, and he’ll come up with another big performance this time around for an App State team that’ll be too good at home. It did what it needed to do against Georgia Southern a few weeks ago, and now the defense will play far better than it did against Troy, and there won’t be any of the drama. Arkansas State will come up with a few big runs and will have a few moments when everything starts to click, but the Mountaineer offense will put it away early in the fourth.

    Arkansas State vs. Appalachian State Prediction


    Final Score
    : Appalachian State 34, Arkansas State 27, Line: Appalachian State -10.5, o/u: 61 

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