College Football Thursday Night Betting
At the onset of the week we are treated to an under the radar quality matchup. The Arkansas State Red Wolves and Appalachian State Mountaineers are two of the better teams in the underrated Sun Belt Conference. For 2020 the Sun Belt has firmly established itself as a quality Group of Five league. So too does the Sun Belt provide an entertaining brand of weeknight football. No better example comes than from last week’s Arkansas State shootout win over Georgia State. It’s the type of football that draws TV eyeballs and wagering handle. Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson has developed one of the most dynamic offenses in the land. Counter to that is a defense that requires constant attention. In fact, Anderson wants a new set of eyeballs on that defense. He fired defensive coordinator Dave Duggan after last week’s basketball on cleats game with Georgia State. Appalachian State features one of America’s best rushing attacks. And they have shown to be a capable defensive team in the early going.
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College Football Thursday, October 22, 2020
Arkansas State Red Wolves +10
Appalachian State Mountaineers -10
On Thursday, October 22, 2020 the Appalachian State Mountaineers will host the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, North Carolina. Kickoff time is set for 7:30 p.m. ET with television coverage on ESPN. This is a matchup of two of the top contending teams in the Sun Belt Conference.
Last week the Arkansas State Red Wolves defeated the Georgia State Panthers 59-52 as 3.5-point home chalk with the game going over the total of 72.5. The game was featured on ESPN Thursday night football. The Red Wolves needed a 22-yard touchdown pass from Roshauud Paul to Lincoln Pare with 4:23 left to play for the win. Paul is wide receiver that took a double reverse handoff before tossing the winning score in a brilliantly executed example of trickeration by Anderson’s famed offense. Arkansas State outgained Georgia State 609-583 and held a 34-25 first down advantage. Quarterbacks Logan Bonner and Layne Hatcher combined for seven touchdown passes. The quarterbacking tandem has a combined 21 touchdown passes with just four interceptions.
As a result, Arkansas State is now 3-2 straight up, 4-1 against the spread and 4-1 over the total. Nationally the Red Wolves rank 11th for overall offense, third for passing, 66th for rushing, 16th for scoring, and 22nd for turnovers. Defensively Arkansas State ranks 67th overall, 67th against the pass, 51st against the rush, 70th for points allowed and 25th for takeaways.
Appalachian State is 2-1 straight up but 0-3 against the spread with 1-2 under the total. The Mountaineers are coming off a 52-21 home win over Campbell as 33.5-point overlays with the game going over the total of 56. Offensively Appy State ranks 15th overall, 56th for passing, fifth for rushing, 34th for scoring, and 48th for turnovers. By contrast the Mountaineers rank 15th for total defense, seventh against the pass, 43rd against the rush, 13th for points allowed, and 42nd for takeaways. Running backs Marcus Williams Jr, Nate Noel, Daetrich Harrington and Camerun Peoples are both averaging over five yards per carry.
Arkansas State is 8-8 against the spread on the road. So too are the Red Wolves 15-14 on the board in the regular season. Arkansas State is 10-8 vs. the line in Sun Belt Conference games. The Red Wolves are 7-9 vs. the odds after a win. To summarize Arkansas State is 15-14 over the total. And 8-8 over and under when coming off a win.
Appalachian State is 13-10 against the spread when coming off a win. At home the Mountaineers are 7-8 vs. the line. Sun Belt games show Appy State 11-7 vs. the odds. Overall, the Mountaineers are 18-12 on the board. In Sun Belt matchups Appalachian State is 7-11 under the total. And at home the Mountaineers are 8-7 over the total.
Head to head Appalachian State is 2-1 against the spread vs. Arkansas State. And then two of the three games went over the total. At Kidd Brewer Stadium the Red Wolves won and covered their last visit. Over the total paid as well.
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