Thursday, September 1, 2016
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The Appalachian State Mountaineers take on the Tennessee Volunteers on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Neyland Stadium. The opening line for this game has Tennessee as 30.5 point favorites and the over/under was set at 59. Last season the Mountaineers were 6-7-0 against the spread and their over/under record was 6-7-0. The Volunteers had an over/under record of 7-6-0 and they were 8-5-0 against the spread.
Appalachian State scored 36.7 points per game on offense last season, which ranked 23rd in Division 1. In the passing department, they averaged 13.6 passes on 22.6 attempts for a 60.2 percent completion percentage last season. They threw for a total of 194.1 yards per game through the air as well, which ranked them 95th in college football. The Mountaineers ran for an average of 272.2 yards per game on 46.8 attempts for an average of 5.8 yards per carry. That ranked them 6th in the nation. They also ran 69.4 plays per contest and averaged 6.7 yards per play for an average of 466.3 yards per game, ranking their offense 28th overall last season. The Mountaineers averaged 22.3 first downs per game which ranked them 40th in the country. They accumulated 56.9 penalty yards per game via 6.5 penalties, which ranked 53rd in the nation.
Appalachian State allowed 182.9 passing yards per game, ranking 14th in D-1, and they allowed 19.1 points per contest on defense, which ranked 14th. They gave up 17.2 completions on 28.7 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 59.8. The Mountaineers allowed 131.5 rushing yards per game on 38.2 carries for a 3.4 average per play, which ranked their rush defense 27th in the country. Appalachian State allowed 314.5 total yards per game including 4.7 yards per play, which ranked their overall defense 11th in terms of yards per game. They forced 1.8 turnovers per contest and got flagged for 6.1 penalties for 54 yards per game, ranking them 64th among D-1 teams.
Tennessee averaged 35.2 points per game last season on offense, which ranked them 29th in the country. In the passing department, they completed 16.9 passes per game on 28.5 attempts for a 59.3 percent completion percentage. They threw for 198.6 yards through the air per game last year, ranking them 92nd in Division 1. The Volunteers ran for an average of 223.7 yards per game on 47.5 attempts for an average of 4.7 yards per carry last season, which ranked them 19th on the ground. They also ran 76 plays per game and averaged 5.6 yards per play for a total of 422.3 yards per game, ranking them 52nd in the country on offense. The Volunteers got an average of 22.5 first downs per game, which ranked 35th in the nation. They averaged 40.8 penalty yards per game via 5.1 penalties, ranking them 111th in college football.
Tennessee allowed an average of 210.4 passing yards yards per game, which ranked 48th in Division 1. Their defense overall allowed 20 points per contest, which had them ranked 16th in the nation. They gave up 16.9 completions on 33.4 attempts for a completion percentage of 50.7 per game. The Volunteers allowed 152.6 rushing yards per contest on 36.1 carries for a 4.2 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 46th in the country. Tennessee allowed 363 total yards per game for an average of 5.2 yards per play, which ranked 36th in D-1. They forced 1.5 turnovers per contest and 6.5 penalties for 56.5 yards in each contest, ranking 74th in the nation.
Taylor Lamb finished his last game of last season with 124 yards through the air for Appalachian State. He completed 13 passes out of 26 attempts for a 50% completion percentage. The Mountaineers were led in rushing by Marcus Cox, who finished with 162 yards on 24 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 7 yards per carry. Simms McElfresh was the team leader in receiving with a total of 42 yards and 5 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 8 yards per reception. As a team in that game Appalachian State got a total of 24 first downs by way of 12 rushing, 9 passing, and 3 by penalty. They ran 75 total plays for 427 yards for the game. The Mountaineers ran for 303 yards on 49 attempts.
Joshua Dobbs finished his last game of last season with 166 yards through the air for Tennessee. He completed 14 passes out of 25 attempts for a 56% completion percentage. The Volunteers were led in rushing by Jalen Hurd, who finished with 130 yards on 24 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 5 yards per carry. Alex Ellis was the team leader in receiving with a total of 74 yards and 3 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 25 yards per reception. Tennessee got a total of 24 first downs by way of 14 rushing, 8 passing, and 2 by penalty. They ran 83 total plays for 420 yards for the game. The Volunteers ran for 226 yards on 53 attempts.
Appalachian State Betting Trends
Appalachian State were 6-7-0 against the over/under last season
Appalachian State had an ATS record of 6-7-0 last season
Tennessee Betting Trends
Tennessee were 7-6-0 against the over/under last season
Tennessee had an ATS record of 8-5-0 last season
Injuries to Watch
No key injuries to report
08/19/16 OL Chance Hall Knee expected to miss 4-6 weeks
Guy's Pick: Take Appalachian State
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