NCAAF Odds, Picks for App State vs Wyoming

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Appalachian State vs Wyoming Odds

Saturday, Sept. 23
7 p.m. ET
CBS Sports Network
Appalachian State Odds
-115o / -105u
Wyoming Odds
-115o / -105u
Odds via BetMGM. Get up-to-the-minute NCAAF odds here.

If there was an award for the best Group of Five matchup of the week, this game would get it.

Appalachian State heads to the Rocky Mountains to play the Wyoming Cowboys in a battle of 2-1 squads.

Both teams have looked like contenders in their respective conferences through three games.

These are two good teams meeting up in Laramie, so let's take a look at how this game shakes out from a betting perspective.

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App State Mountaineers

Appalachian State is off to another good start, and the offense is leading the charge. The Mountaineers are averaging just over 40 points per game and have scored at least 34 points in each contest.

Running back Nate Noel has powered the offense and has rushed for over 100 yards in three straight games. In total, he's tallied 435 yards and four touchdowns.

Coupled with quarterback Joey Aguilar — who's thrown for 690 yards and nine touchdowns — App State is multidimensional on offense and capable of competing against really good teams. Just ask the Tar Heels.

Conversely, the Mountaineers have room to grow defensively. North Carolina torched them to the tune of 319 rushing yards, and even FCS Gardner-Webb was able to rack up 365 total yards.

Wyoming isn't the type of team to pile up gaudy offensive numbers, but it will run the ball downhill consistently, and that could be bad news for an App State defense that Action Analytics ranks 130th in rush success.

Wyoming Cowboys

Under head coach Craig Bohl, the Cowboys have been the epitome of a hard-nosed football program. Wyoming leans into its running game and defense, and while that hasn't resulted in any Mountain West championships, it has led the program to five bowl games.

The Cowboys' road loss to Texas last Saturday showed this team's legitimacy. That game was tied at 10 through three quarters before the Longhorns pulled away, but Wyoming still forced four punts and limited Quinn Ewers to 52% completions.

Oh, and the Cowboys did that with a backup quarterback, which further illustrates how tough of a team they are.

Starting quarterback Andrew Peasley practiced this week but was listed as questionable, so there's a good chance Evan Svoboda will play.

Coach Bohl said he felt fine with Svoboda playing, which makes sense because Wyoming is a run-first offense anyway. The Cowboys have rushed for 496 yards and have four players with more than 100 rushing yards.

All-America kicker John Hoyland gives Wyoming another advantage. Hoyland has looked the part this season, making all 12 of his kicks (8 PATs, 4 FGs), including two 56-yard field goals.

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Appalachian State vs. Wyoming

Matchup Analysis

Toggle the dropdowns below to hide or show how Appalachian State and Wyoming match up statistically:

Appalachian State Offense vs. Wyoming Defense
Rush Success8048
Line Yards786
Pass Success3385
Finishing Drives5461
Quality Drives38100
Wyoming Offense vs. Appalachian State Defense
Rush Success103130
Line Yards105132
Pass Success8748
Finishing Drives9187
Quality Drives7185
Pace of Play / Other
PFF Tackling6390
PFF Coverage1542
Special Teams SP+5337
Middle 82193
Seconds per Play25.2 (33)30.3 (116)
Rush Rate58.1% (36)60.8% (23)

Appalachian State vs. Wyoming

Betting Pick & Prediction

The betting markets are favoring the Cowboys by 2.5 or 3 points, and that feels about right, as App State is facing an uphill battle when it comes to stopping Wyoming on the ground.

Additionally, the Laramie weather forecast predicts winds from 25 to 35 mph. That could be a huge challenge for the Mountaineers' offense, but the Cowboys' run-first attack is perfect for that weather.

I expect Wyoming to control the clock in a windy environment.

If the Cowboys stick to their brand of football, they should be able to win and cover.

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