UAB vs. Appalachian State 2019 New Orleans Bowl Odds & Picks

New Orleans Bowl Betting Odds: Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
  • by Cooper Mayer
  • December 19th, 2019
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Top offshore sportsbooks favor Appalachian State by 16.5 points over the UAB Blazers, as the spread goes for the 2019 New Orleans Bowl on December 21, with kickoff scheduled for 9:00 p.m. EST, at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in Louisiana.

UAB Blazers vs. Appalachian State 2019 New Orleans Bowl Odds by

UAB +16½ (-110) 47½ (-110) +540
Appalachian St -16½ (-110) 47½ (-110) -780
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Betting UAB Blazers

The Blazers co-won the C-USA West Division with a 9-4 record (6-2 in conference play). As recorded by the best online sportsbooks, UAB went 7-6 ATS against the spread. Starting QB Tyler Johnston is 125 of 215 (58.1%) for 1,952 yards with 15 TDs, 14 picks, and nine sacks. Wide receiver Austin Watkins has 47 receptions for 933 yards and five TDs.

The Blazers’ average of 193.6 passing yards per game ranks them 101st in the country. Running back Spencer Brown has 527 yards and five TDs on 136 carries. Overall, UAB is 105th in total offense with 352.9 yards per game.

The Blazers’ 100th-ranked scoring offense (23.6 ppg) hasn’t broken the 30-point mark since Nov. 16.
Linebacker Jordan Smith has 10 sacks, linebacker Kristopher Moll has 95 tackles, and safety Will Boler has two interceptions. You can’t get a bowl bid on UAB’s offense but sure can get by on their defense.

The Blazers have the 9th-best total defense (294.1 ypg), 14th-best pass offense (186.8 ypg), and 13th-best run defense (107.2 ypg). UAB’s 26th-ranking scoring defense (20.8 ppg) is coming off their most-points-allowed this season; 49 in the C-USA championship game.

According to top offshore sportsbooks, the Blazers are 5-1 ATS in their last six games after an ATS loss. 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 games after a straight-up loss. And 20-5-1 ATS in their last 26 games on FieldTurf.

“Excited for these guys to get their legs back under them,” head coach Bill Clark said. “App State, what a great program. Reminds me of how I felt at Prattville those last few years when you just plug in different people. Consistency. They’re good on both sides of the ball and special teams. A huge challenge for us and excited about going to New Orleans, a new setting for us.”

Betting Appalachian State Mountaineers

The Mountaineers won the Sun Belt East Division with a 12-1 record (7-1 in conference play). App then went on to beat Louisiana 45-38 in the conference championship game. The Neers entered that game, per top offshore sportsbooks, as six-point home faves. Starting QB Zac Thomas is 212 of 335 (63.3%) for 2,576 yards with 26 TDs, six picks, and 17 sacks. Wide receiver Thomas Hennigan has 58 catches for 723 yards and four TDs.

Running back Darrynton Evans has rushed for 1323 yards and 17 TDs on 236 carries. Appalachian ranks 17th in rushing yards per game with 229.2. Part of a 42-ranking total offense (435.5 yards per game). The Neers have scored at least 35 points and as many as 56 in their last four games. They average 39.4 points per game, ranking them 9th in the country.

Demetrius Taylor has seven sacks, linebacker Jordan Fehr has 96 tackles, and defensive back Shaun Jolly has five interceptions. All things considered, App State has a pretty decent defense.
The Mountaineers are 8-1 ATS in their last nine non-conference games. 5-1 ATS in their last six games in December. And 5-1 ATS playing a team with a winning record.

“We’re doing something that no one has ever done before,” inside linebacker Jordan Fehr said. “So to be able to go 5-0, and have an opportunity to do that in our first five bowl games is huge, and it’s huge for our program to continue to make a statement.”

UAB Blazers vs. Appalachian State 2019 New Orleans Bowl Pick

App State has all kinds of momentum going into the New Orleans Bowl. Take the Neers and the points.