Appalachian State (10-2) is the favorite against Middle Tennessee (8-5) at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Saturday (December 15, 2018, 21:00ET).
The betting line was first offered at -6.5 points for the Mountaineers. They’ve gone a tempting 10-1 SU as favorites this year, and 7-4-0 against the spread. The Blue Raiders are 3-4 straight up as underdogs, and 4-3-0 against the spread.
Appalachian State QB Zac Thomas completed 62.6% of his passes this season for 1,862 yards and 18 touchdowns. Thomas is an efficient quarterback, with a passer rating of 153.0 this season. Darrynton Evans gained 1,166 yards from scrimmage and rushed for 7 touchdowns, averaging an exceptional 6.5 yards per carry.
As a squad, Appalachian State gained 429.6 yards per game and scored 36.7 points per game. The defense allowed just 279.4 yards and 15.7 points per game, while Jordan Fehr led the Mountaineers with 6 sacks this season.
The Blue Raiders offense features QB Brent Stockstill, who passed for 3,203 yards and 28 TD’s this season. Stockstill completed 70.4% of his passes, good for a passer rating of 151.6. Chaton Mobley ran for 1,079 yards and 4 touchdowns, averaging a reliable 5.0 yards per carry.
Altogether, Middle Tennessee averaged 388.5 yards per game and 29.2 points. The defense allowed 373.0 yards and 25.3 points per game. DQ Thomas scored 8 sacks this season.