Appalachian State vs. Louisiana-Monroe - 11/19/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (4-6) at Appalachian State Mountaineers (7-3)
College Football: Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 2:30 pm (Kidd Brewer Stadium)
The Line: Appalachian State Mountaineers -27.5 -- Over/Under: 55
The Appalachian State Mountaineers and the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks face off on Saturday in week 12 Sun Belt Conference college football action.
The Appalachian State Mountaineers are 7-3 this season and they are coming off of a hard-fought loss at Troy last week. The Appalachian State offense is averaging 27 points and 393.2 yards per game and they have turned the ball over 12 times. Mountaineers QB Taylor Lamb has completed 61.3 percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns and 8 interceptions and he has rushed for 216 yards and 5 touchdowns. Jalin Moore leads Appalachian State in rushing with 1,121 yards and 9 touchdowns and Shaedon Meadors leads in receptions with 36. The Mountaineers defense is allowing 18 points and 331.1 yards per game with 17 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, and 25 sacks. Eric Boggs is Appy State’s leading tackler with 79, Kennnan Gilchrist has 70 tackles, Clifton Duck has 5 interceptions, and Dezmin Reed and Tee Sims have 6 sacks each. While last week’s loss to Troy was disappointing Appalachian State has still had a big year and should go to a nice bowl game.
The UL-Monroe Warhawks are 4-6 this season and they have won their last 2 games. The ULM offense is averaging 26 points and 397.2 yards per game and they have turned the ball over 18 times. Warhawks QB Caleb Evans has completed 61.2 percent of his passes with 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Ben Luckett is ULM’s top rusher with 428 yards and 5 touchdowns and Thomas Koufie has 376 yards and 9 touchdowns while Marcus Green has 33 catches and 4 touchdowns and Ajalen Holley has 32 catches. The Louisiana Monroe defense is allowing 39.7 points and 488.7 yards per game with 4 interceptions, 7 fumble recoveries, and 16 sacks. David Griffith is ULM’s top tackler with 70 including 4 sacks and Chase Day and Cortez Sisco each have 56 tackles. UL-Monroe scheduled big out of conference and it shows in their overall record but they have put it together in recent weeks.
Appalachian State is 0-4 against the spread in their last 4 home games, 2-6 against the spread in their last 8 conference games, and 5-0 against the spread following a loss. UL-Monroe is 4-1 against the spread following a win, 5-1 against the spread on the road against a team with a winning home record, and 2-5 against the spread in their last 7 games.
Appalachian State is the much better team but ULM is playing well of late and with the bundle of points I see the Warhawks doing enough to cover the spread.