Appalachian State Mountaineers (7-3) at Georgia Southern Eagles (7-4)
College Football: Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Allen E. Paulson Stadium)
The Line: Georgia Southern Eagles +9.5 -- Over/Under: 46.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Georgia Southern Eagles battle the Appalachian State Mountaineers in week 15 Sun Belt conference college football action from Allen E. Paulson Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Appalachian State Mountaineers will look to finish their season on a high note, falling to 7-3 after a 24-21 loss to Louisiana last time out. Zac Thomas has thrown for 1,867 yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions on 65% passing while Camerun Peoples leads App State in rushing with 738 rushing yards and 7 TDs. Daetrich Harrington also has 7 touchdowns along with 595 rushing yards while Marcus Williams Jr. has 402 rushing yards and Nate Noel has 381 rushing yards for the Mountaineers this season. Thomas Hennigan leads App State’s receiving group with 507 receiving yards while Malik Williams has 499 receiving yards with 3 touchdowns and Christian Wells has 220 receiving yards with a team-high 4 touchdowns this season. On defense, D’Marco Jackson leads the Mountaineers with 69 total tackles including 29 solo tackles and a pair of interceptions while Brendan Harrington and Ryan Huff each have a team-high 3 INTs and Demetrius Taylor has a team-high 6 sacks this season.
The Georgia Southern Eagles will also look to finish on a high note after improving to 7-4 on the year following a 20-3 win over FAU last time out. Shai Werts has thrown for 938 yards, 7 touchdowns and 6 interceptions on 60.3% passing while also leading the Eagles in rushing with 649 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns. J.D. King has 625 rushing yards and 5 scores while Logan Wright has 536 receiving yards with 4 TDs and Wesley Kennedy III has 447 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns this season. Gerald Green and Matt LaRoche each have 200+ rushing yards while Justin Tomlin has 121 rushing yards as well for the Eagles this year. Malik Murray leads Georgia Southern with 19 catches for 253 yards while four other receivers have 100+ receiving yards for Georgia Southern this season. On defense, Rashad Byrd leads the way with 70 total tackles including a team-high 35 solo tackles while Derrick Canteen has a team-high 5 interceptions and Raymond Johnson III has a team-high 5 sacks.
Appalachian State is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a loss. Georgia Southern is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games in December.
I get that Appalachian State has been one of the more reliable Sun Belt teams in recent years and given their reputation, should probably be favored. However, I’m not about to lay almost double-digits on the road based on reputation with an App State team that’s been terrible against the spread this season. It’s also not like Georgia Southern is some pushover, as the Eagles have been playing well in their own right this season and have had a lot of recent success against the number at home while the Mountaineers have had issues on the road. I’ll gladly take the points with Georgia Southern in this one.