Appalachian State vs. New Mexico State - 10/7/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Mexico State Aggies (2-3) at Appalachian State Mountaineers (2-2)
College Football: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Kidd Brewer Stadium)
The Line: Appalachian State Mountaineers -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Down in Boone at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Saturday, the New Mexico State Aggies and the Appalachian State Mountaineers will be meeting up in college football action.
New Mexico State enters this game with a 2-3 record so far, beating New Mexico and UTEP while falling to Arizona State, Troy and Arkansas. In that Arkansas game, New Mexico State QB Tyler Rogers posted 344 yards, two TDs and a pick, with most of the work going to Jaleel Scott, who had 174 yards and a TD on nine receptions.
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On the season thus far, Rogers has 1757 yards with 14 touchdowns and five interceptions, while Larry Rose III is tops in the New Mexico State rushing game with 71 carries for 397 yards and two scores. Scott is the receiving leader for the Aggies, as he’s logged 35 catches for 543 yards and five touchdowns.
Over on the Appalachian State side, they’re currently 2-2 on the season, with losses to Georgia and Wake Forest sandwiched around wins over Savannah State and Texas State. In that Wake Forest game, Appalachian State QB Taylor Lamb had 372 yards, two touchdowns and a 26-of-50 line, while Terrence Upshaw logged 15 carries for 86 yards.
So far this year, Lamb has put up 994 yards and eight scores, while Upshaw is the leading Mountaineers rusher on 46 carries, 249 yards and two touchdowns. Thomas Hennigan is the top Appalachian State receiver with 17 catches for 176 yards and one TD.
The Aggies are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a straight-up loss, and 3-0-1 ATS in their last four road games. New Mexico State is also 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five games in October.
Meanwhile, the Mountaineers are 1-4 ATS in their last five conference games and 2-5 ATS versus a team with a losing record. Appalachian State is also 1-6 ATS in their last seven home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win.
New Mexico State’s passing game has been quite impressive statistically. The Aggies have seven receivers with at least 100 yards (and one with 93), and three guys with at least 19 catches. Appalachian State is no slouch receiving either, as they have seven guys with at least 100 yards as well—just not as many catches compared to the Aggies. Appalachian State should have a winning record right now, were it not for a late blocked field goal against the Demon Deacons, but it’s a little disturbing that their scoring has fallen off the table (20 or fewer points in their last two games). All things considered, though, I think Appalachian State can hang in here and cover.