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Arkansas State vs ARKANSAS Prediction & Preview


#305 Arkansas St University
Red Wolves 10.5
#306 Appalachian State University
Mountaineers -10.5

Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7:30pm

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The Appalachian State Mountaineers (2-1) will host the Arkansas State Red Wolves (3-2) on Thursday night in a Sun Belt Conference matchup. Arkansas State is 1-1 in the conference. Appalachian State won the Sun Belt in 2019 and will be playing their first league matchup this season after having two games rescheduled due to issues related to COVID-19. These two teams last met on October 9, 2018, when Applachian State won 35-9 on the road as a 10.5 point favorite.

 Arkansas State Wins Thursday Night Shootout

The Red Wolves are coming off a 59-52 win as a 3.5 point favorite against the Georgia State Panthers on Thursday to improve to 1-1 in conference play. The defense was an afterthought as Arkansas State outgained the Panthers 609 to 583 in total yardage, and both teams turned the ball over once. The Red Wolves dominated through the air, throwing for 551 yards and only rushing for 58 yards on 39 attempts.


The Red Wolves have used two quarterbacks this season, and the featured signal-callers Logan Bonner and Layne Hatcher had big games. Hatcher completed 21 of 28 passes with 332 yards and four touchdown passes. Boner completed 18 of 28 for 197 yards with three touchdowns both threw three touchdowns, and no picks for the game. The eighth team touchdown pass of the game proved to be the winning score, which came on a 22-yard trick play where wide receiver Lincoln Pare found running back Roshaudd Paul out of the backfield for the score that led to the Red Wolves 59-52 win.


In Thursday's win, Jonathan Adams Jr had 15 catches for 177 yards to increase his team lead to 41 catches, 539 yards, and seven touchdowns. Dahu Green, who has 419 yards, five touchdowns, and 25 catches on the season, had his first 100+ yard game off the season with nine catches and 172 yards and two scores in the victory.

Arkansas State ranks first among the 10 teams in the Sun Belt with 496 total yards and 384.2 passing yards per game. Defensively, the Red Wolves as dead last, allowing 481.8 yards per game. The 306.4 passing yards and 39.8 points per game allowed are both ninth in the conference, only ahead of Georgia State.

Senior running back Jamal Jones has rushed for a team-best 253 yards on 58 attempts, and Lincoln Pane has rushed for 179 yards on six yards per carry.


Appalachian State Begins Conference Title Defense

In 2019, the Mountaineers finished the season with a 13-1 record and won the Sun Belt Championship. The success led to Eli Drinkwitz leaving after one season for the lead job at Missouri, and assistant head coach Shawn Clark being promoted. Under Clark, the Mountaineers have started the season 2-1, with a 35-20 win as 16 point favorite over Charlotte, a 17-7 road loss as a six-point favorite to Marshall, and the win over Campbell as a 33.5 point favorite.


The 2020 Appalachian State Mountaineers will be playing their first game since defeating Campbell 52-21 on Sept. 26. Appalachian State’s games against Louisiana originally scheduled for Oct. 7, and Georgia State, set for Oct. 14, were both moved to December.


The Mountaineers are fourth in the conference averaging 31.3 points, and third with 470.3 yards per game on the season. The Mountaineers are led by third-year starting quarterback Zac Thomas who has completed 48 of 77 passes on the season for 603 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. On the ground, Appalachian State has gained an average of 269.3 yards per game and 5.7 yards an attempt, led by Daetrich Harrington with 301 yards on 5.1 yards per rush and six touchdowns. Thomas Hennigan has a team-best 13 catches and 275 receiving yards.

Appalachian State is currently ranked number one in the Sun Belt conference holding opponents to just 321 yards per game and second giving up 19.3 points.

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