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How and what to watch for Appalachian State vs. Texas State

The Mountaineers are looking to extend their winning streak for another week.

Appalachian State Mountaineers quarterback Zac Thomas (12) runs out of the pocket during the second quarter against the Marshall Thundering Herd at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

The Appalachian State Mountaineers are looking to extend their winning streak to four games when they take on the Texas State Bobcats Saturday at 3:00 p.m. ET in San Marcos, TX.

When these two teams played each other last season, App. State came away with a 35-13 victory. Overall, the Mountaineers have won the last four matchups against the Bobcats. Last week, Appalachian State defeated Louisiana-Monroe 31-13, thanks to a dominating offensive performance.

Quarterback Zac Thomas was the player of the game as he made plays both with his legs and arm. The senior signal-caller was 13-of-18 for 152 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. He also led both teams in rushing with 109 yards on 11 carries. Thomas also received help from senior running back Marcus Williams Jr., who had 103 rushing yards on 13 carries and a touchdown.

The Mountaineers will be looking to duplicate this performance against a Texas State defense that is giving up 35.8 points and 481.3 total yards per game. As for the Bobcats, they will have a tough time scoring points on Saturday. This season, App’s defense is allowing 17.6 points per game, one of the best marks in the country.

Texas State scored 34 points in last week’s loss against the Louisiana-Monroe Ragin Cajuns. However in their previous four games, the Bobcats only scored 18 points per game. If Texas State wants to keep up with App St., it rests on the arm of sophomore QB Brady McBride. McBride’s performance this season has been a bag of mixed results, completing a pedestrian 57.6 percent of his passes for 1,125 yards, nine touchdowns, and seven interceptions.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Appalachian State vs. Texas State on Saturday, November 7 at 3:00 p.m. ET on ESPN+, or you can stream it via ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Appalachian State (-21) vs. Texas State
Point Total: O/U 57
Money line: Appalachian State (-1667), Texas State (+850)

  • App State is 1-5 against the spread in its last six games.
  • The point total went under in four of App State’s last five games.
  • Texas State is 0-5 straight up in their last five games.
  • The point total went under in seven of Texas State’s last 10 games.

Betting splits

Appalachian State: (95% of handle, 75% percent of bets)
Texas State: (5% of handle, 25% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

The Sun Belt Conference has been the best Group of 5 league this season as Louisiana, Coastal Carolina, and Appalachian State have played phenomenally. The Mountaineers will look for their fifth win on Saturday as they take on a one-win Texas State squad that is struggle to score points. The Mountaineers should not have any problems declawing the Bobcats on the road.

Pick: Appalachian State -20

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