Appalachian State vs. Ohio - 12/19/15 College Football Camellia Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ohio Bobcats (8-4) at Appalachian State Mountaineers (10-2)
College Football: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 5:30 pm (Cramton Bowl)
The Line: Appalachian State Mountaineers -9.5 -- Over/Under: 55 See the Latest Odds
The Ohio Bobcats and Appalachian State Mountaineers will face off in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl will face off on Saturday, December 19th, in College Football action.
The Ohio Bobcats finished the season with an 8-4 record while finishing 2nd in the MAC-East conference with a 5-3 record. Ohio got off to a great start to their season going 5-1 in their first 6 games however, had a bad three game losing streak in which they were outscored by their opponents by a 152-55 margin. The Bobcats rebounded after those losses to win their last three games including a solid 26-21 victory on the road versus Northern Illinois. Offensively, Ohio is averaging 27.4 ppg on 425.3 yards per game (238.3 passing, 187.1 rushing). Leading the way for the Bobcats on the season was QB Derrius Vick who completed 64.0% of his passes for 10 TD’s and 6 INT while averaging 180.9 passing yards per game. Ohio’s rushing attack was led by A.J. Ouellette (53.50 yds/game, 5 TD) and Daz’mond Patterson (45.18 yds/game, 9 TD). The Bobcat’s main targets in the passing game were Sebastian Smith (5.1 rec/game, 65.3 yds/game, 7 TD) and Jordan Reid (3.8 rec/game, 52.1 yds/game, 5 TD). Defensively, Ohio is holding their opponents to an average of 24.8 ppg on 373.6 yards per game (216.6 passing, 157.0 rushing). The Bobcats forced 19 turnovers on the season and had a turnover margin of plus 5.
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The Appalachian State Mountaineers finished the season with an impressive 10-2 record, but couldn’t win the Sun Belt title as they finished 2nd with a 7-1 record behind the Arkansas State Red Wolves. Offensively, Appalachian State is averaging 37.2 ppg on 470.7 total yards per game (201.8 passing, 268.8 rushing). Leading the way for Appalachian State was QB Taylor Lamb who completed 61.1% of his passes for 29 TD and 8 INT while averaging 188.6 passing yards per game. Lamb also did some damage with his legs as he had 4 rushing TD’s while averaging 114.64 rushing yds/game. The Mountaineers rushing attack is led by Marcus Cox (114.64 yds/game, 8 TD) and Jalin Moore (57.73 yds/game, 5 TD). Appalachian State doesn’t have a go to receiver as no WR is averaging more than 40 receiving yards per game. Leading the receivers has been Shadeon Meadors (39.9 yds/g, 3 TD), Malachi Jones (36.1 yds/g, 3 TD), and Simms McElfresh (38.5 yds/game, 6 TD). Defensively, Appalachian State is holding their opponents to 18.3 ppg on 318.0 yards per game (184.4 passing, 133.6 rushing). The Mountaineers forced 21 turnovers on the season and have a turnover margin of plus 2.
The Bobcats are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win. The Mountaineers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Appalachian State has a great offense led by Taylor Lamb and Marcus Cox and although their defense has played well on the season, they were giving an average of 27.0 ppg over their last five games. Ohio struggled bit in the middle of the season, but rebounded nicely at the end of the year and is solid on both sides of the ball. Ohio was able to beat Northern Illinois and held a great RB in Joel Bouagnon to just 37 yards. With time to prepare against the Appalachian State offense, I think Ohio can keep this one closer than expected. I’m taking the Bobcats and the points in this one.