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– 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

WKU vs Appalachian State: RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might or might not win.

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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Sun Belt Championship: Appalachian State vs Louisiana Game Preview


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

Appalachian State vs Georgia Southern prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win this Saturday.

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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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

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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
How To Watch: ESPN+
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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Appalachian State vs Arkansas State Prediction, Game Preview

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Appalachian State vs Arkansas State prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, November 6


Appalachian State vs Arkansas State How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 6
Game Time: 2:00 ET
Venue: Centennial Bank Stadium, Jonesboro, AR
How To Watch: ESPN+
Record: Appalachian State (6-2), Arkansas State (1-7)
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Appalachian State vs Arkansas State Game Preview


Why Appalachian State Will Win

Arkansas State doesn’t have a lick of a running game. It hasn’t hit 100 yards in six of the last seven games, but that’s not the problem – the passing game makes up for it. Usually.

There’s a problem on third downs on both sides of the ball, and the lack of production on the offensive line is killing the team’s continuity and consistency.

The defense is dead last in college football, allowing 559 yards per game and getting destroyed on the ground.

Appalachian State’s running game has kicked it all in, and it’s going to get off the bus with over 250 rushing yards. But …

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Why Arkansas State Will Win

Arkansas State can throw, and it doesn’t it very, very well.

Appalachian State has a strong all-around defense, and it hasn’t allowed over 300 yards, but it’ll give up well over 200 to an Arkansas State offense that has to throw to keep up.

At home, the Red Wolves have to bomb and keep bombing. It’s not going to slow down the Mountaineer running game, but it has to provide a push with the best passing game in the Sun Belt.

Louisiana – for example – came out with a good pace and got up early against the Mountaineers, and everything else worked from there in the shocking 41-13 win. Arkansas State has to be sharp from the start and get into a groove, but …

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What’s Going To Happen

Appalachian State will keep answering with lots and lots and lots of rushing yards.

It’s going to be hard to control the clock for the Red Wolves, and there will be just enough of a Mountaineer pass rush to come up with the stops needed to let the ground game keep going.

Enjoy the show – the two sides are going to crank up the stats.

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Appalachian State vs Arkansas State Prediction, Lines

Appalachian State 52, Arkansas State 30
Line: Appalachian State -21, o/u: 68.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

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ULM vs Appalachian State Prediction, Game Preview

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ULM vs Appalachian State prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, October 30


ULM vs Appalachian State How To Watch

Date: Saturday, October 30
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC
How To Watch: ESPN+
Record: ULM (4-3), Appalachian State (5-2)
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Why ULM Will Win

Where did this come from?

In one of the best stories of the 2021 season, ULM went from nothing to being in the mix for a bowl game by winning four of its last six games.

How?

Eliminating mistakes has meant everything. The team doesn’t beat itself – there aren’t a lot of penalties or turnovers, and that’s combining with an offense that’s ramping things up as the season has gone on.

The Warhawk O has produced progressively more over the last four games, highlighted by a shocking upset over Liberty and a 555-yard day against South Alabama.

Freshman QB Chandler Rogers stepped in and has been amazing, throwing eight touchdown passes and just one pick over the last three games. For all of the great things Appalachian State has done, it’s allowed 200 passing yards or more in every game, but …

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Why Appalachian State Will Win

The ULM run defense is about to be hammered.

The team has been sharp enough and good enough to overcome a slew of problems, but Coastal Carolina, Georgia State, and Liberty all ran well on the Warhawk D, combining for over 850 yards and ten touchdowns over a three week span before the South Alabama game.

Appalachian State won’t do anything crazy here. Hand the ball off, hand it off again, and get out of the way. The team is 5-0 when running for 160 yards or more.

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What’s Going To Happen

Can Appalachian State keep the turnovers to a minimum?

ULM isn’t going to screw up – it’s +8 in turnover margin on the year and +4 over the last two games – and Appalachian State has turned it over 13 times and is a -5 over the last two games.

It’s going to be a good fight with a whole lot of offense, but Appalachian State will keep the production going from the win over Coastal Carolina to continue to push for a spot in the Sun Belt Championship.

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ULM vs Appalachian State Prediction, Lines

Appalachian State 45, ULM 20
Line: Appalachian State -27, o/u: 57.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

Must See Rating: 2.5

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Coastal Carolina vs Appalachian State prediction, game preview, how to watch: Wednesday, October 20

Coastal Carolina vs Appalachian State prediction, game preview, how to watch: Wednesday, October 20


Coastal Carolina vs Appalachian State How To Watch

Date: Wednesday, October 20
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC
How To Watch: ESPN2
Record: Coastal Carolina (6-0), Appalachian State (4-2)
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Why Coastal Carolina Will Win

The machine marches on.

There was a good fight against Buffalo, but that’s been it with three straight blowout wins thanks to an offense that went from great to totally unstoppable.

How good have the Chanticleers been? Okay, so UMass, Arkansas State, and ULM might night seem all that great, but ULM just whacked Liberty. Coastal Carolina beat those three by a combined score of 165 to 29 with the nation’s No. 2 offense behind Ohio State, the No. 1 most efficient attack, the No. 1 scoring offense, the No. 1 best O on third downs, and it keeps rolling on from there.

The defense has been great, too.

On the flip side, for all of the good things Appalachian State has done, it was just okay on third downs before cranking up an 0-for-11 day in a puzzling disaster of a performance last week against Louisiana.

The talent is there on the Mountaineers, and the defensive front is good enough to get into the Coastal Carolina backfield, but there are way too many holes in the game. However …

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Why Appalachian State Will Win

Coastal Carolina doesn’t take the ball away. Start there, because it’s a big thing for Appalachian State.

The Chanticleers have just three takeaways on the year, and the Mountaineers could use the break after giving it up four times against Louisiana and nine times in the last four games.

More than any one thing Appalachian State can do, though – and when the ground game is on, it can run very, very well – is the competition. This team is battle-hardened, and Coastal Carolina isn’t.

ASU might have lost to Louisiana last week, but that’s a good team on the road. Marshall is solid. East Carolina will go bowling. Miami is struggling, but it’s still Miami, and Georgia State on the road isn’t all that bad a win.

Meanwhile, Coastal Carolina has faced one team in Buffalo that has a realistic shot of going bowling. The opponents Coastal Carolina has faced are a combined 11-26 and only 3-3 ULM doesn’t have a losing record.

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What’s Going To Happen

Appalachian State is much, much better than the 41-13 loss to Louisiana, but can it keep up with a Coastal Carolina attack that’s hit the 200-yard mark in both rushing and passing in every game?

This is a massive step up in competition on a weird Wednesday night game, but the Chanticleers are more rested with 13 days off, the offense has been too sharp, and they’ll overcome a strong day by the Appalachian State running game to take total control of the Sun Belt race.

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Coastal Carolina vs Appalachian State Prediction, Line

Coastal Carolina 30, Appalachian State 24
Line: Coastal Carolina -5.5, o/u: 61.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

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Appalachian State vs Louisiana prediction, game preview, how to watch: Tuesday, October 12

Appalachian State vs Louisiana prediction, game preview, how to watch: Tuesday, October 12


Appalachian State vs Louisiana How To Watch

Date: Tuesday, October 12
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Cajun Field, Lafayette, LA
How To Watch: ESPN2
Record: Appalachian State (4-1), Louisiana (4-1)
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Appalachian State vs Louisiana Game Preview


Why Appalachian State Will Win

The Mountaineers have the offense to not only keep up with Louisiana, but they can potentially set the pace.

The passing game is clicking, the sound game is fantastic, and the offense has pushed for well over 500 yards in each of the last three games – and 485 in the win over East Carolina.

What do you want to hit the Ragin’ Cajun defense with? Mountaineer QB Chase Brice has been efficient, the ground attack is averaging close to 200 yards per game, and even with a few key turnovers, everything keeps on moving.

That’s not the case for Louisiana.

Stunningly bad on third downs, the running game isn’t moving well enough and the offense isn’t nearly as explosive as it should be.

Defensively, there aren’t any takeaways – Louisiana coming up with just three so far – but …

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Why Louisiana Will Win

The team is getting the job done.

It might not be as pretty as it was last year, but the offense was able to grind its way on the ground in a win over South Alabama, throw for a victory over Georgia Southern, and in general, it’s been versatile enough to get the key plays when needed.

Appalachian State doesn’t have a massive turnover problem, but it’ll give it up with five giveaways over the last three games. Louisiana has been ultra-careful – it doesn’t make the big mistake.

There’s been just one interception so far, the penalties are kept to a bare minimum, and …

What’s Going To Happen

Louisiana doesn’t have a good win.

Beating South Alabama wasn’t without its charm, but there was too much of a struggle with Nicholls State and Georgia Southern, and Ohio is awful.

Appalachian State hasn’t been perfect, but it’s tested with solid wins over Marshall and East Carolina and a blowout over Georgia State.

Coastal Carolina might be the star of the Sun Belt, but the winner of this won’t be far off.

It’s a road date, but Appalachian State is too strong and too good offensively. Louisiana will have to to run wild to win, and that’s not happening – the Mountaineers haven’t allowed more than 175 yards on the ground so far.

Appalachian State vs Louisiana Prediction, Line

Appalachian State 30, Louisiana 20
Line: Appalachian State -5, o/u: 57
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

Must See Rating: 3

5: Caramel apple anything
1: Pumpkin spice anything

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