Appalachian State vs. Middle Tennessee - New Orleans Bowl 12/15/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (8-5) at Appalachian State Mountaineers (10-2)
College Football: Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
The Line: Appalachian State Mountaineers -9 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and the Appalachian State Mountaineers will meet in college football’s New Orleans Bowl on December 15.
Appalachian State enters this one at 10-2 overall. The Mountaineers recorded losses to Penn State and GA Southern but otherwise took out Savannah State, Charlotte, Gardner-Webb, South Alabama, Arkansas State, Louisiana, Coastal Carolina, Texas State, Georgia State, Troy and Louisiana again in the Sun Belt Title Game.
In the second Cajuns game, App State’s Zac Thomas threw for 75 yards and rushed for 59 with a pair of TDs. Darrynton Evans led the Mountaineers rush with 111 yards and Marcus Williams had a 34-yard catch.
Over on the Middle Tennessee side, they’re 8-5 this year. The Raiders have taken out TN-Martin, FL Atlantic, Marshall, Charlotte, ODU, WKU, UTEP and UAB while falling to Vanderbilt, Georgia, FIU, Kentucky and UAB in the conference championship.
In the UAB game December 1, MTSU’s Brent Stockstill logged 362 yards with two touchdowns and two picks, while Zack Dobson put up 52 yards on the ground. Terelle West was the lead Blue Raiders receiver on 81 yards and three catches.
The Raiders are 5-1 ATS in their last six overall and 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven versus the Sun Belt. MTSU is 4-1 ATS in their last five following an ATS loss and 1-4 ATS in their last five bowl games.
Meanwhile, the Mountaineers are 4-0 ATS in their last four non-conference games and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 overall. App State is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 on turf and 7-3 ATS versus a team with a winning record.
App State is more versatile than you may think; sure, they prefer to run at every opportunity but can also throw if they’re so motivated. Defensively they’ve been great as well, routinely holding opponents to single-digit totals this year.
MTSU has a tendency to stall out on offense here and there, so a little ball control and some defensive prowess from the Mountaineers could go a long way. I’m going App State.