Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Arkansas State Red Wolves Host the Appalachian State Mountaineers

Arkansas State Red Wolves Athletics

Arkansas State Needs Win in Key Sun Belt Conference Game



The Appalachian State Mountaineers and the Arkansas State Red Wolves meet on National Television on Tuesday. Centennial Bank Stadium will host the Sun Belt Conference matchup.  ESPN2 will have the telecast at 8:00 pm EST.

Oddsmakers have the Mountaineers as a 10-point favorite. The total is down to 59 after opening at 60.5.

The Appalachian State Mountaineers are riding high right now. They are starting to gather some support in the national polls and want to look good on national television.

This past week they received 38 points in the Coaches' poll (29th highest total) and eleven voting points in the Associated Press poll.

Statistically speaking, they're very impressive. Even when stepping up in competition they have punched with some authority.

The Arkansas State Red Wolves have not done as well as expected. Especially with the caliber of quarterback they have on hand.

Appalachian State Looks to Stay Perfect in Sun Belt Play



The Mountaineers gave Penn State a heart attack in the season opener, losing 45-38 in overtime. Appalachian State has prospered by going 3-1 straight up and 4-0 against the spread. They have swept through its last three opponents with ease.

The Mountaineers have held each of them to single-digit point totals. That's the first time that has happened in 20 years. As far as average margin between yards gained and yards allowed, App State is tops in the nation. They have the second-best scoring margin.

Quarterback Zac Thomas is a 6-1 sophomore and has been pretty close to perfect. He is ranked ninth in the nation in passing efficiency with 10.54 yards per attempt. That is fourth best. The Mountaineers have averaged 6.5 yards per carry, which is also among the top five in the country.

Special teams have indeed been special and has delivered a score on a blocked punt recovery, kickoff and punt return. They are the only program in the country to have achieved that trifecta. The team is Currently averaging 51.8 points per game.

They are among the top dozen teams in FBS football in both rushing defense and pass efficiency defense.  What is scary is that they are a young team. Among the nation's 130 FBS teams, only Illinois and Coastal Carolina have a higher percentage of underclassmen on their roster.

Their last game was ten days ago, a 52-7 win over South Alabama.

Arkansas State Has to Play Better



Arkansas State's last outing was rather  disappointing. They lost 28-21 to Georgia Southern. They allowed the Eagles to ramble for 409 yards, despite only one pass completion.

The defense could not stiffen up with the game on the line. They allowed a 47-yard touchdown run with just 19 seconds to go.

Quarterback Justice Hansen is as skilled as it gets in the Sun Belt Conference, has thrown for at least one touchdown in 21 of his last 22 games.

Arkansas State is 3-2 SU and 1-4 ATS. BUT these games taking place on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday is a different story. The Red Wolves have won 15 of their last 18 in that situation.

ASU's punter is definitely a weapon. Cody Grace has had only 11% of his punts returned since his collegiate career began. Only ONE of them has been a touch-back. So he is the reason the Red Wolves are #1 in the nation in the category of Punt Return Defense.

No other team in the country has won five conference titles in the last seven years. This Tuesday night game has some significance, as Appalachian State looks very much like the class of the Sun Belt at the moment.

PREDICTION: Appalachian State 35, Arkansas State 21



Recent Form









































NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Appalachian State3-14-051.7517.0034.752-02-04-02-02-0
Arkansas State3-21-426.4029.20-2.80-21-22-31-11-2





Power Stats




Yards Per Point


















NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
APP-ST10.1216.25-6.13
ARK.ST17.9513.464.5





Yards Per Pass
















NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
APP-ST14.319.994.32
ARK.ST11.6611.75-0.09





Yards Per Rush
















NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
APP-ST6.492.813.68
ARK.ST4.655.70-1.05





Team Records




Appalachian State Mountaineers

















































NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall3-12-01-14-02-02-051.7517.0034.75
vs Conf1-01-00-01-01-00-052.007.0045.00
Last 33-02-01-03-02-01-056.337.6748.66





Arkansas State Red Wolves

















































NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall3-22-01-21-40-21-226.4029.20-2.80
vs Conf0-10-00-10-10-00-121.0028.00-7.00
Last 32-11-01-11-20-11-125.6722.673.00





Supergrid






































TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense51.75529.2087
Awy Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense293.502593.004
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense149.0065216.00117
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense26.408917.0019
Hme Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense348.0013169.0021
Hme Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense192.5064149.5054


Head To Head Summary












































NameRecordATSOUScoreRushYPRPACPPYTYTO +/-
Appalachian State1-11-12-032.00201.004.3229.0063.79306.00507.002.50
Arkansas State1-11-12-036.00238.005.8027.0051.85177.50415.500.50





Head To Head Detail



















































DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Nov 5, 2015ARK.STAPP-ST40-2730920851701083574653
Nov 15, 2014APP-STARK.ST37-3229425554921671473141





NCAA Football Betting Odds & Trends
















Team Last 5 Games




Appalachian State Mountaineers































































































DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Sp 29, 2018S.ALA52-7W-25/56.5W/O348169517832253081H
Sep 22, 2018GWEBB72-7W-44/56W/O43226069234126160-2H
Sp 8, 2018CHARLT45-9W-14/48.5W/O139295434951082030A
Sp 1, 2018PENNST38-45L24/54W/O1592924512042304341A
Dec 23, 2017TOLEDO34-0W6/61W/U32713145822124146-4A





Arkansas State Red Wolves































































































DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Sp 29, 2018GASOU21-28L-3/53.5L/U117376493348614091A
Sep 22, 2018UNLV27-20W-7.5/66L/U19719939631023333-3H
Sp 15, 2018TULSA29-20W2/71.5W/U214191405167172339-2A
Sep 8, 2018ALAB7-57L36.5/63L/O1732183912783215990A
Sp 1, 2018SE.MIS48-21W-31.5/1884976851221632853H







Next up:
Appalachian State home to Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday, October 20
Arkansas State home to Georgia State Thursday, October 18

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