The Appalachian State Mountaineers (6-4) travel to face off against the James Madison Dukes (10-0) on Saturday, November 18th. This game will be played at Bridgeforth Stadium/Zane Showker Field in Harrisonburg and televised on ESPN+. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Kickoff is set for 2:00 ET.
Appalachian State Mountaineers vs James Madison Dukes
The Appalachian State Mountaineers Are Coming Off A Win
In their most recent game, Appalachian State had no problem taking down Georgia State, as they went on to win by a score of 42-14. Against Georgia State, Joey Aguilar threw for 255 yards on a completion percentage of 66.7%. In the win, he threw three touchdowns and had a passer rating of 127.98.
Going into the game, the over/under line was 62.5 points, which the teams did not surpass. Against the spread, Appalachian State picked up a win as 2.5-point underdogs.
This season, the Appalachian State Mountaineers are currently 6-4. So far this season, they have played four road games and four at home.
Appalachian State’s average scoring differential for the season is +7.8 leading to an ATS mark of 3-4-1. The Mountaineers have been favored six times and the underdog in two games After 10 games, the average over/under line in Appalachian State’s matches stands at 54.7 points. The collective score in their games has averaged 61.8 points, resulting in an OU record of 3-5.
The James Madison Dukes Are Coming Off A Win
James Madison is hoping to cruise to another easy win, as in their most recent game they took down UConn by a score of 44-6. In the win vs. UConn, quarterback Jordan McCloud concluded with a QB rating of 154.17, connecting on 33 of 37 passes for 457 yards. He also added four touchdowns to his performance.
Going into the game, James Madison was favored by 26 and went on to cover the spread. The team’s combined 50 points surpassed the over/under line of 48.5.
James Madison heads into this week’s game with a record of 10-0. This year, they have five games on the road and four games at home.
James Madison’s average scoring differential for the season is +16.1 leading to an ATS mark of 7-2. The Dukes have been favored seven times and the underdog in two games Over the course of 10 games, the average over/under line in James Madison’s matchups has been 49.6 points. These games have had an average combined score of 52.5 points, leading to an OU record of 6-3.
Appalachian State Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, Appalachian State has averaged 34.8 points per game this season. This figure has them 21st in the NCAA. Their passing game, averaging 273 passing yards, is ranked 32nd nationally. In terms of rushing, they’re 33rd in rushing yards with an average of 390 rushing attempts per contest this season.
So far, Joey Aguilar has thrown for 2657 yards this season while averaging 13.6 per completion. His completion percentage this year is 63.8% and he has thrown 26 touchdowns.
James Madison Offense Breakdown
In the rushing game, the Dukes are currently 52nd in college football with 354 attempts per game. This has resulted in an average of 151.1 rushing yards per game, putting them 76th nationally. Their passing game has averaged 31.4 passes and 283.2 yards per game. When it comes to scoring, they are 22nd, averaging 34.3 points per game.
Jordan McCloud leads the team in passing yards this season with 2800. He’s averaged 13.4 per completion and holds a 69.9% completion rate, having thrown 26 touchdowns.
Appalachian State Team Defense
The Appalachian State defense, going into this week’s game, holds 103rd place for points allowed, allowing 27 points per game. Opponents have been gaining an average of 201.2 passing yards each game against them (54th in the country). On the ground, they’re yielding 189.5 rushing yards, ranking them 150th in college football.
James Madison Team Defense
James Madison’s defense holds the 54th rank in passing yards allowed per game as they head into this game. On average, opponents have made 37.7 passing attempts against the Dukes. They have given up 18.2 points per game, which places them at 61st in college football. In the rush defense category, they rank 4th in the NCAA.
Appalachian State vs James Madison Trends
- When playing on the road, Appalachian State has an ATS mark of 2-2-1 vs. the spread.
- James Madison’s ATS record at home (last ten) is 7-3.
- James Madison’s ATS record in their ten most recent games as the underdog is 3-3.
- Appalachian State’s record vs. the spread in their three most recent games as the favorite is 1-2.
James Madison’s offense hasn’t been performing well on third down so far this season. I don’t see them suddenly resolving this issue, and like Appalachian State +8.5.
So far this season, James Madison has an +6.3 average margin against their over/under lines. At 55.5, we have this game going over with a combined 56 points.
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