Marshall vs. Appalachian State - 9/19/20 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Marshall vs. Appalachian State - 9/19/20 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Appalachian State Mountaineers (1-0) at Marshall Thundering Herd (1-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 1:30 pm (Joan C. Edwards Stadium)

The Line: Marshall Thundering Herd +3.5 -- Over/Under: 57 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Appalachian State Mountaineers and the Marshall Thundering Herd meet in a college football matchup from Joan C. Edwards Stadium on Saturday.

The Appalachian State Mountaineers will look to build on a 35-20 win over Charlotte in their last outing. Zac Thomas threw for 204 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 14 of 21 passing while Marcus Williams Jr. rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown. Camerun People had 102 rushing yards and a touchdown and Daetrich Harrington added 50 rushing yards with a pair of touchdowns.Thomas Hennigan far and away led App State’s receiving corps with 5 grabs for 120 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Trey Cobb had 8 total tackles with 1.5 tackles for a loss while Shemar Jean-Charles and D’Marco Jackson each had 7 total tackles. Brendan Harrington and Kaiden Smith each had an interception as well for the App State defense.

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The Marshall Thundering Herd come into this game rested at 1-0 after having last week’s game against East Carolina postponed, with the Herd looking to build off of a 59-0 win over Eastern Kentucky in their season opener. Grant Wells threw for 307 yards and 4 touchdowns on 16 of 23 passing while Luke Zban threw for 38 yards and a TD on 6 of 6 passing in backup action. Knowledge McDaniel had 93 rushing yards to lead Marshall while Brenden Knox had 85 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Sheldon Evans and Lawrence Papillon each had a rushing score as well for Marshall in the win. Talik Keaton had a team-high 68 receiving yards and a touchdown while Broc Thompson had a team-high 5 catches for 67 yards. Xavier Gaines, Garet Morrell and Jaron Woodyard each had 40+ receiving yards and a touchdown for the Herd. Tavante Beckett and Eli Neal each had a team-high 8 tackles for the Herd’s defense with Beckett recording 1.5 tackles for a loss. Nazeeh Johnson also had an interception for Marshall in the victory.

Appalachian State is 12-3 Against the spread in their last 15 road games while the under is 4-2 in App State’s last 6 road games. Marshall is 4-8 against the spread  in their last 12 games overall and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games while the over is 8-1 in their last 9 games at home.

The points with Marshall are tempting as they’re rested and App State allowed Charlotte to hang around for a good chunk of that game. However, the Mountaineers are still a really good team and have a ton of balance on both sides of the ball and while the line feels a bit low for this game, if it’s a trap, I’m biting. I just think Appalachian State’s the better team on both sides of the ball by a wide margin and as such, even on the road, I’ll lay the points with the Mountaineers here.

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Chris’s Pick Appalachian State -3.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.