Appalachian State Mountaineers Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

Appalachian State College Football Preview 2022: Team breakdown, season prediction, keys to the campaign, and what you need to know

Appalachian State Mountaineers Preview 2022: Previewing, predicting, and looking ahead to the Appalachian State season with what you need to know and keys to the season.


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Head Coach: Shawn Clark, 3rd year at ASU, 20-7
2021 Record: Overall: 10-4, Conference: 7-2
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Appalachian State Mountaineers Preview 2022

No, it wasn’t a Sun Belt championship season, and the bowl game blowout to WKU stunk, but it’s hard to argue with a ten-win season with two of the four losses to Louisiana.

Now the Mountaineers have to deal with a far tougher schedule – both in non-conference play and in a tougher expanded Sun Belt – but they should be able to keep up the production.

Head coach Shawn Clark has been kept the pipeline of talent going, there’s enough talent back to expect even more consistency, and this should be another good run for a possible conference title. Again, though, the schedule might make that tough, but more on that in the end.

Appalachian State Mountaineers Preview 2022: Offense

The offense is terrific, and it’s full of enough talent to be every bit as good. The Mountaineers run a pro-style scheme with good balance and efficiency, finishing second in the Sun Belt last year in total offense and scoring. It’ll all continue and could be even stronger if …

The receiving corps has to come together. The top three receivers are gone with the top returning target – Christian Wells – catching just 12 passes for 243 yards. There’s a Next Man Up aspect to the attack, but losing Corey Sutton, Thomas Hennigan, and Malik Williams really, really hurts. However …

Everything else is there. Chase Brice is a veteran quarterback who settled into the job, and he’s working behind the best line in the Sun Belt. All-star C Baer Hunter is gone, but everyone else is back from a group that was great in pass protection and almost as strong for the ground game.

The All-Sun Belt running back combination of Nate Noel, Camerun Peoples, and Dietrich Harrington is fantastic.

The offense has to be outstanding, because …

Appalachian State Mountaineers Preview 2022: Defense

The defense that’s been a killer over the last few years should be solid again. However, it has to replace a ton of star talent that’s been a big part of the production over the last few years.

The Mountaineers were among the best in the nation at generating tackles for loss, they led the Sun Belt in run D and was amazing overall right up until WKU went off in the Boca Raton Bowl. Now there will be a whole lot of new faces.

Second leading tackler Trey Cobb is back at his inside linebacker spot, but there are a whole lot of missing parts with five of the top seven tacklers done. The linebacking corps is hardly starting from scratch – Nick Hampton and Brendan Harrington are good ones on the outside – but there’s missing star power.

Hampton is the team’s best pass rusher, but a whole lot of production in the backfield from last year has to be replaced. Jordon Earle is a 290-pound veteran on the nose, but there’s not a lot of size on the line. It’s going to take a rotation to hold up, and the linebackers will take care of the rest.

The secondary loses top corner Shaun Jolly, but Steven Jones is back on the other side for another all-star year, and the safeties are good enough. They all need the pass rush to keep on going.

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The Sun Belt just got a whole lot bigger, cooler, and more interesting with a shocking expansion that should take the conference up another level.

FCS powerhouse James Madison gets to join in right away, and Marshall, Old Dominion, and Southern Miss were able to leave Conference USA and get in for the 2022 football season.

Here’s the problem – several Sun Belt programs that made strides last year are going to have tougher schedules to deal with. Several teams should be better, but might not have the results to show it.

The rankings are based on how good the teams should be and not the final projected records. Keeping in mind that this all could/might/will change when we make the final calls in August …

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18. All of a sudden, the Sun Belt has become the cool conference

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22. College football is changing, and it’s okay
21, Texas & Oklahoma, you really want the SEC?
20. SEC is really, really good if you like it or not
19. James Madison, welcome to the show

The conference has only been doing football since 2001, and it was always the land of the paycheck programs – the ones the big boys scheduled for an easy 55-3 win on Homecoming.

In one of the shockers of the conference realignment changes over the last year, the Sun Belt wasn’t picked off in the expansion run. Instead, it added James Madison from the FCS and snagged Marshall, Southern Miss, and Old Dominion from Conference USA.

It was a battle to see if Conference USA could hold on to the Thundering Herd, the Golden Eagles, and the Monarchs through the football season, but the divorce is final, and those three are getting remarried right away to go along with a fun James Madison program.

How ugly did it get? Both Conference USA and the Sun Belt released their 2022 schedules including those three teams, but the Sun Belt has their teams.

The Sun Belt East will be made up of Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, James Madison, Marshall, and Old Dominion. The West will be Arkansas State, Louisiana, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Texas State, Troy, and ULM.

No, it’s not time for the SEC to start shaking, but it’s an amazing story that the Sun Belt is not only surviving, but it’s getting a whole lot stronger and more entertaining.

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21, Texas & Oklahoma, you really want the SEC?
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19. James Madison, welcome to the show

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Bowl Game Reactions  
– Boca Raton: WKU 59, App St 38
– Celebration, New Mexico, Independence to come

Boca Raton Bowl Reaction: WKU 59, Appalachian State 38

– Now THAT’S a bowl game. It started early, started fast, and it kept on rolling until Appalachian State punched itself out in the second half. 1,246 yards of total offense, 97 points, big play after big play. This was why we all do bowl season.

– Bailey Zappe was incredible. He threw for 422 yards and six scores with no picks, but he had a whole lot of help. Zappe was the signature star coming in from Houston Baptist – and he set the single season passing record and broke Joe Burrow’s touchdown pass record – but battery mate Jerreth Sterns had a whole lot to do with it, too. The star WR caught 13 passes for 184 yards and three scores.

– Appalachian State could never get control. For good and for mostly bad, it kept scoring too quickly. It needed to slow things down to a stop, but it got caught up in a firefight and couldn’t keep up. The running game did what it was supposed to do – 251 yards – but the team only had the ball for just over 31 minutes. The time of possession battle needed to be lopsided.

– No, WKU’s defense didn’t do a whole lot – it couldn’t tackle, it gave up over 600 yards, and it struggled – but the four turnovers made a difference. The pace of the game made Appalachian State press, and the mistakes followed.

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WKU vs Appalachian State: RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, December 18


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Date: Saturday, December 18
Game Time: 11:00 am ET
Venue: FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL
Network: ESPN, Live stream on ESPN+
Records: Appalachian State (10-3), WKU (8-5)

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If you’re looking for defense, wait for one of the other five bowl games over the rest of the day. It’s an early morning Saturday game that should crank up the offense and big plays right away with two of the most interesting attacks in college football.

WKU had a stagnant attack last year, so head coach Tyson Helton imported the stars from the transfer portal to make his offense go from okay to amazing, leading the nation in passing offense and finishing No. 2 behind Ohio State in scoring. Star offensive coordinator Zach Kittley might be off to do the same thing at Texas Tech, but the WKU offense should still roll.

The O goes fast, fast, fast and scores in bunches, but there’s no controlling the clock and – as UTSA showed in its win in the Conference USA Championship – the Hilltopper defense isn’t exactly a brick wall. QB Bailey Zappe and company will have to bomb their way to a win.

Appalachian State lost the Sun Belt Championship, but the offense is balanced behind a great offensive line. Unlike WKU, the team has no problems controlling the clock and owning the pace. The only negative here for the Mountaineers is actually one of their biggest positives – the defense is built around stopping the run, and WKU doesn’t use the ground game.

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Sun Belt Championship: Appalachian State vs Louisiana Prediction, Game Preview

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Sun Belt Championship: Appalachian State vs Louisiana prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, December 4


Sun Belt Championship: Appalachian State vs Louisiana How To Watch

Date: Saturday, December 4
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Cajun Field, Lafayette, LA
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Appalachian State (10-2), Louisiana (11-1)
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Why Appalachian State Will Win

The 41-13 loss to Louisiana back on October 12th didn’t represent Appalachian State’s best work.

The offense turned it over three times, finished with just 211 yards, and everything was awful right out of the gate in a weird weeknight blowout loss.

Since then the Mountaineers have won six straight, the defense allowed 17 points over the last three games and 14 points or fewer in each of the last four, and the running game kicked it all back in again.

The offensive line has been phenomenal in pass protection, the defense is the best in the conference – the run D allowed 175 yards or fewer in every game but the loss to the Ragin’ Cajuns – and now the team gets to make amends.

In the first meeting, the offense turned it over four times, failed to convert on a third down chance, and it never looked or played like it normal.

But …

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Why Louisiana Will Win

Louisiana had a little something to do with Appalachian State’s performance.

This hasn’t always been the most consistent of teams this year, but it keeps on winning.

Levi Lewis and the passing attack has been able to fill in the gap when the running game didn’t blow up, the defense allowed 21 points or fewer in nine of the last ten games, and turnover margin has played a monster role in a whole lot of good, tough wins.

Going to Liberty was supposed to be a problem. The Ragin’ Cajuns came up with six takeaways on the road.

Going to Troy was supposed to be a problem. The Ragin’ Cajuns came up with three takeaways on the road.

The veteran offense has failed to turn the ball over in any of the last three games and only lost the ball more than once in one game – a 28-27 win over Arkansas State.

On the flip side, Appalachian State might take the ball away in bunches, but the offense has given it up multiple times in six of the last ten games.

Louisiana isn’t losing the turnover battle in this, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

The run defense will hold up again.

New Florida head coach Billy Napier will be around for one more game with his Louisiana team, and at home his team will come up with a big day on D and an efficient enough performance on O.

Appalachian State will get cranked up early and come up with a big first quarter, but Louisiana will slowly keep coming with a few long scoring drives to stay in it.

Two takeaways will help get the Ragin’ Cajuns over the hump.

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Sun Belt Championship: Appalachian State vs Louisiana Prediction, Lines

Louisiana 27, Appalachian State 24
Line: Appalachian State -3, o/u: 53
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

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Appalachian State vs Georgia Southern Prediction, Game Preview

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Appalachian State vs Georgia Southern prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, November 27


Appalachian State vs Georgia Southern How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 27
Game Time: 2:30 ET
Venue: Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC
How To Watch: ESPN+
Record: Appalachian State (9-2), Georgia Southern (3-8)
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Appalachian State vs Georgia Southern Game Preview


Why Georgia Southern Will Win

Appalachian State doesn’t need anything about this game.

It doesn’t matter in terms of bowl games, it’s not about the Sun Belt title – it’s already in the championship next week against Louisiana – and it’s not like this is a big rivalry game.

Of course a ten-win regular season would be nice, but staying healthy for next week is the only goal here.

Georgia Southern might not be running the ball like normal, but there’s a little bit of a passing game, the defensive front can get into the backfield, and ….

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Why Appalachian State Will Win

How much does Appalachian State care?

If it wants this game, it’s an easy blowout over a team with no consistent offensive punch whatsoever.

Georgia Southern is in a holding pattern until new head man Clay Helton can take over. Until then, the O has to prove it can get past 17 points – it only did that once over the last five games – and Appalachian State could put up 17 in the first quarter.

The Mountaineer offensive line is dominating, the defensive front lives in the backfield, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

There’s the Senior Day aspect to this.

No, Appalachian State isn’t going to pull out all the stops, and it might give up a few late points as it tries to get as many seniors on the field as possible, but it’ll get up fast and have this put away in a hurry.

However, Georgia Southern will keep trying, it’ll keep pushing, and it’ll come up with a few late points.

It’ll be a true go-through-the-motions win.

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Appalachian State vs Georgia Southern Prediction, Lines

Appalachian State 38, Georgia Southern 13
Line: Appalachian State -24.5, o/u: 55.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

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Appalachian State vs Troy Prediction, Game Preview

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Appalachian State vs Troy prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, November 20


Appalachian State vs Troy How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 20
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Veterans Memorial Stadium, Troy, AL
How To Watch: ESPN+
Record: Appalachian State (8-2), Troy (5-5)
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Appalachian State vs Troy Game Preview


Why Appalachian State Will Win

The Mountaineers can take the Sun Belt East title with a win, or a win next week over Georgia Southern, or with a Georgia State loss and a Coastal Carolina loss and …

They’re almost certainly going to end up getting a rematch with Louisiana for the Sun Belt title. To get there after this week, the running game has to get back on track after struggling in the win over South Alabama.

They’re great at controlling the clock, and they should be able to do that against this Troy team that has the ball for around 28 minutes per game. Run, get to 200 yards on the ground like it did five times so far, or at least be balanced.

However …

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Why Troy Will Win

The Troy defensive front doesn’t mess around.

Okay, so Louisiana ran for 204 yards in its win over the Trojans last week, and Coastal Carolina ran for over 200 a few weeks before, but the Troy defensive front lives in the backfield.

It’s among the best in the nation at generating sacks, and the run D kept most teams to under 100 yards until the last few weeks. Offensively, the passing attack should be able to keep up with 250 or more passing yards and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Appalachian State is going to run.

Troy needs this to go bowling, but it’s going to have to get it done next week at Georgia State – that’s not going to be any easier.

The Mountaineers will get stuffed enough early on to have to push – the Trojan defensive front will be a problem – but the breakthrough runs will come in the second half.

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Appalachian State vs Troy Prediction, Lines

Appalachian State 30, Troy 23
Line: Appalachian State -10, o/u: 52
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

Must See Rating: 3

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South Alabama vs Appalachian State Prediction, Game Preview

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South Alabama vs Appalachian State prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, November 13


South Alabama vs Appalachian State How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 13
Game Time: 2:30 ET
Venue: Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC
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Record: South Alabama (5-4), Appalachian State (7-2)
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Why South Alabama Will Win

Just one more win.

South Alabama has put together an interesting season with a strong defense that’s great against the run, good at getting off the field, and second in the conference in total D.

The style might not always be scintillating, but it’s effective.

The passing game is efficient, there aren’t a lot of mistakes, and the team controls the clock better than anyone in the Sun Belt. The team has the right blend of positives to bother Appalachian State, and now it’s just one more win away from being bowl eligible.

However …

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Why Appalachian State Will Win

Yeah, the offense has been okay, and the defense has held firm, but the success has mostly worked against the mediocre teams.

South Alabama pushed Troy, and lost. It pushed Louisiana, and lost. It plays games close and tight, but it’s not always into opening things up and taking shots down the field – there aren’t a lot of big plays.

Appalachian State’s running game is roaring, ripping through Coastal Carolina and everyone else over the last several games but Louisiana – the lone loss since the defeat to Miami early in the season.

Louisiana and Texas State were able to run well on South Alabama, and App State will, too.

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What’s Going To Happen

Yeah, South Alabama is just one win away from bowl eligibility, but after this is a trip to Tennessee before closing out against Coastal Carolina – it needs this. It won’t get it.

Appalachian State has to keep pressing. It’s in the driver’s seat for the Sun Belt East title, but it still has to deal with Troy before closing with Georgia Southern. It’s not going to run wild on the South Alabama defense, but it’ll be effective enough to control the clock against a team that has to control the time of possession battle.

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South Alabama vs Appalachian State Prediction, Lines

Appalachian State 40, South Alabama 24
Line: Appalachian State -22.5, o/u: 52
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

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