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How and what to watch for Appalachian State vs. Georgia Southern

Appalachian State and Georgia Southern will close out their regular seasons, and we have a wager that will send make you a happy sports bettor on Saturday night.

The Georgia Southern Eagles take the field before the start of their game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Allen E. Paulson Stadium on December 5, 2020 in Statesboro, Georgia. Photo by Chris Thelen/Getty Images

The Appalachian State Mountaineers are coming off a loss but had an extra day to rest and prepare for their final game of the regular season when they head on the road to take on the Georgia Southern Eagles on Saturday.

Appalachian State suffered a 24-21 home loss to Louisiana last Friday night to drop the Mountaineers down to 7-3 overall this season including 5-2 in Sun Belt play. Appalachian State ranks fairly well across the board, as it checks in at No. 11 in opponent yards per play and 36th in the same category offensively. The Mountaineers’ pass defense and rushing offense are their main strengths to watch out for.

Georgia Southern is coming off a 20-3 home win over FAU on Saturday to bring the Eagles to a 7-4 overall record including 4-3 inside of the conference. Georgia Southern is ranked No. 43 in yards per play and 34th in that category defensively. The team’s strengths come in the ground game running the triple option. The Eagles are gaining 5.4 yards per carry, which ranks 13th in the country. Defensively, Georgia Southern is No. 14, giving up 3.2 yards per rush attempt.

Georgia Southern won the last two games of this series, most recently a 24-21 road win in 2019.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Appalachian State vs. Georgia Southern on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 6:00 p.m. ET on ESPN3 which is online only, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Appalachian State (-9.5) vs. Georgia Southern
Point Total: 45
Money line: Appalachian State (-390) vs. Georgia Southern (+275)

Betting splits against spread

Appalachian State: (26% of action, 56% of bets)
Georgia Southern: (74% of action, 44% of bets)

  • Appalachian State is 1-5 against the spread in its last six games, and Georgia Southern is 4-2 against the spread in that span.
  • The point total went under in nine of Georgia Southern’s last 13 games, and Appalachian State unders cashed in five of its last seven.
  • Appalachian State is 13-3 straight up in its last 16 games, and Georgia Southern is 6-3 straight up in its last nine.

The Best Bet

If you like rooting against points being scored, I’ve got a great option for you. Appalachian State runs the ball well and is the team’s most effective mode of transportation down the field, but the Georgia Southern defense excels at stopping the run. In addition, the triple option offense when run effectively limits possessions for both teams, leaving more of a chance for the under to hit.

Pick: Under 45

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