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Appalachian State Mountaineers at Ga Southern Eagles CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/25/14

Appalachian State Mountaineers (1-2) at Ga Southern Eagles (2-2)

College Football: Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Paulson Stadium)

The Line: Ga Southern Eagles -18 -- Over/Under: 59.5 See the Latest Odds


The Appalachian State Mountaineers and georgia Southern Eagles square off Thursday night at Allen E. Paulson Stadium.

This will be the third road game already for the Appalachian State Mountaineers, a team that’s coming off a one-point loss to Southern Miss. Offensively, Appalachian State is a team that’s looking to run the ball with a combination of Marcus Cox and Terrence Upshaw, a duo that’s produced more than 400 yards and five touchdowns. The Mountaineers are averaging close to five yards per carry and have five running plays of 20 or more yards. Freshman quarterback Taylor Lamb has seen the bulk of the action for Appalachian State and is coming off a game where he completed 70 percent of his passes for two touchdowns and two interceptions. Defensively, the Appalachian State Mountaineers are allowing 328 yards per game and have forced seven turnovers and five sacks. Doug Middleton leads Appalachian State with 21 tackles and Rashaad Townes has three tackles for loss.

Appalachian State Mountaineers at Ga Southern Eagles CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/25/14


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The Georgia Southern Eagles have proven themselves against steep competition, nearly beating North Carolina State and Georgia Tech on the road. Georgia Southern sticks to its ground game that ranks second in the country, averaging 7.5 yards per game and having 10 different players rushing for at least one touchdown. Matt Breida leads the way with 445 yards and seven touchdowns, while quarterback Kevin Ellison has 327 rushing yards. Ellison hasn’t had to throw the ball much, but he is completing 61.5 percent of his passes and has three touchdowns on 39 pass attempts. Defensively, the Georgia Southern Eagles are allowing 397.8 yards per game and have forced six turnovers and 10 sacks. Antwione Williams leads Georgia Southern with 25 tackles and Ryan George has 2.5 sacks.  

The Mountaineers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in September and 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games overall.

Both teams have solid running games, especially Georgia Southern, a team that's been breaking off big play left and right on the ground. I like the over in this matchup, as points shouldn't be tough to come by. 

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