GEORGIA STATE AT APPALACHIAN STATE
When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Line: Appalachian State by 13
WHAT TO EXPECT
Georgia State on offense. The Panthers are averaging 27.5 points and 422.1 yards per game. Behind Nick Arbuckle, who is completing 61 percent of his passes, the team is averaging 316.2 passing yards per game. Donovan Harden is the leading receiver with 45 catches, and three other receivers have at least 30 receptions. The running game has cracked 100 once in the past five games. The line didn’t give up a sack last week, but has allowed 22 this season.
Appalachian State on offense. The Mountaineers are almost perfectly balanced on offense, averaging 227.9 rushing yards and 227.1 passing yards per game as part of 33.7 points per game. Quarterback Taylor Lamb is a running threat, with an average of 48 yards per game. The Mountaineers have four rushers to worry about, led by Marcus Cox who is averaging 81.3 yards per game.
Georgia State on defense. The Panthers have statistically one of the worst defenses in the Sun Belt, ranked in the bottom of the conference in points (43.6), yards allowed (499.2), interceptions (two) and third-down conversions allowed (54.2 percent). The team has just 10 sacks and could be without several starting linebackers, including leading tackler Joseph Peterson. The unit was gashed for a Sun Belt-record 613 rushing yards in last week’s loss to Georgia Southern.
Appalachian State on defense. The Mountaineers are giving up 31.9 points and 410.1 yards per game. Teams are rushing for 191.7 yards per game. Like the Panthers, the Mountaineers don’t have many sacks (nine), but they do have 10 interceptions. Teams are scoring 86 percent of the time inside the 20-yard line.
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