Middle Tennessee Vs. Appalachian State Predictions – New Orleans Bowl
The new head coach for the Appalachian State Mountaineers, Eli Drinkwitz, will have his first chance to leave a mark when his team faces the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday. The Mountaineers have won their last three bowl showings in a row. Drinkwitz will be held accountable if he breaks the streak with a loss. Appalachian State is a touchdown favorite over Middle Tennessee at MyBookie.ag. The betting was at 7.5-points when it opened. 57% of the betting public is taking the Blue Raiders to cover the spread. The total is 47.5 points after it opened at 43.5.
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Vs. Appalachian State Predictions
Appalachian State hired NC State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Eli Drinkwitz to be its new head coach just this week. It’s a five-year deal. They had to find the replacement for Scott Satterfield, who left to become Louisville’s coach.“My family and I are excited to embrace and build upon the proud tradition of Appalachian State football,” Drinkwitz said in a statement. “… This is a special time for App Nation, and we will work tirelessly to uphold the championship tradition.”
That’s great, but Drinkwitz will have very little input on what the Mountaineers do in this bowl game. In fact, I don’t like betting on teams with sudden coaching changes right before a bowl presentation. The flow is not usually there, and the new coach always wants to change a thing or two. That’s just enough to disrupt the chemistry. Middle Tennessee lost a close one to UAB in the C-USA title game, and they have something to prove. Right after the loss, they were ready to play anybody who wanted the challenge. They just had to wait a little longer to get Appalachian State as their official opponent.
I’m taking the Raiders senior QB Brent Stockstill to be the star in this one. He has thrown for over 3200 yards this season, with 28 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. This is his last game with the program. He won’t leave with a loss. I know you are thinking Appalachian State simply has a better record than Middle Tennessee, but the Blue Raiders have a far tougher schedule this season. Middle Tennessee has a full coaching staff ready for this game, unlike the Mountaineers. They also have a senior quarterback in a farewell tour. I’m taking the dogs not only to cover the spread but to have a serious shot of winning outright. What’s the play? Middle Tennessee +7
Spread: Appalachian State -7
Money line: Middle Tennessee +210 vs. Appalachian State -260
Game total: 47.5
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Game Time: 9:00 PM ET
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
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