Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 12:00pm EDT
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile
Written by Nick Raffoul
The undefeated Appalachian State Mountaineers will travel to Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Saturday afternoon for a Sun Belt Conference tilt versus the South Alabama Jaguars.
Appalachian State entered last week as the highest-ranked team in Sun Belt Conference history and they managed to improve their standing with an impressive win over UL Monroe. The Mountaineers moved up to No. 21 in the AP Polls this week and they could have a chance at a New Year’s Six bid if they can finish the season with an undefeated record. Can the Mountaineers keep their positive momentum going on the road versus the Jaguars on Saturday afternoon?
See Full Analysis with Predictions
Mountaineers continue to make historyAppalachian State made history last weekend, becoming the first Sun Belt team to win a game as a ranked team. The Mountaineers improved to 6-0 and 3-0 in Sun Belt play with a resounding 52-7 victory versus Louisiana-Monroe last weekend. Running back Darrynton Evans ran for 136 yards and a touchdown and the defense limited Louisiana-Monroe to just 213 yards of total offense to remain undefeated. Junior quarterback Zac Thomas also had one of his best games of the season, throwing for 214 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception, while adding another 58 yards and a score on the ground. The victory makes the Mountaineers bowl eligible for the fifth consecutive year. Since making the transition from the FCS to the Sun Belt, Appalachian State has never missed out on making a bowl game.
Thomas has been even more efficient in his second season as a starter for the Mountaineers. The 6-foot-1 signal-caller comes in with 1,163 passing yards, 13 total touchdowns (three rushing), and only three picks this season. He enters this week with 31 career passing touchdowns and only nine interceptions. As good as Thomas has been, this Mountaineers offense relies on moving the ball on the ground, where they are averaging a healthy 232.7 yards per game. Evans leads the team in yards (672) and touchdowns (10) through six contests.
After giving up a score on the opening drive last week, the defense flexed its muscles, forcing three turnovers and limiting the Warhawks to just 2-for-13 on third downs. Nearly half (82 of 213) of UL Monroe’s total yards came on the opening possession and Warhawks’ quarterbacks finished the game just 11-of-27 passing for 102 yards and two interceptions. Appalachian State’s defense has given up seven points or less three times this season, including each of their last two contests. They come in allowing just 21.7 points and 357.8 yards of total offense per game.
Upcoming Scheduled Games
We currently do not have a prediction for this team, check back closer to the game day!