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College Football Free Pick from Linebacker: Middle Tennessee vs Appalachian State

linebacker free pick Middle Tennessee vs Appalachian State

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Appalachian State Mountaineers (APP -7, O/U 51)

The Appalachian State Mountaineers will look to win their third bowl game in as many seasons when they take on the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee in the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday. Appalachian State is currently a 7-point favorite, but The Linebacker is more interested in the total of 51 in this contest. The Linebacker projects a final score of 27.9 - 19.1 in favor of the Mountaineers, giving us a solid play on the UNDER. The Linebacker suggests a wager of $96 on UNDER 51 for a $100 average bettor.

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Why will the total go Under?

  • The strength of Appalachian State’s offense lies in its running game, which finished 15th in the nation averaging 241 rushing yards per game. They should be able to control game script and the clock against a mediocre Middle Tennessee defense that finished 58th in rushing yards allowed per game.
  • Middle Tennessee’s offensive strength is in the passing game, which Appalachian State should be able to slow down. Appalachian State ranks third in passing defense this season, allowing a meager 148.1 yards per game through the air to opponents.
  • Appalachian State has allowed just seven passing touchdowns all season, good for second-best in the country.
  • Former OC and head coach Scott Satterfield left the Mountaineers to coach Louisville after their conference championship game. His absence could mean less productivity and efficiency out of an offense he’s run for six seasons.

Middle Tennessee vs Appalachian State: How to bet the spread

The Linebacker projects a final score of 27.9 - 19.1 in favor of the Mountaineers. With Middle Tennessee projected to lose by 8.6 and a spread of 7 points, we have a slight play on Appalachian State. The Linebacker suggests a $34 wager on APP ST. -7 for an $100 average bettor.