Appalachian State vs Toledo Preview and Prediction: Dollar General Bowl
Appalachian State vs Toledo Preview
Earlier in the day we previewed the Armed Forces Bowl which features two teams who love to run the football. This game is the exact opposite. Both of these teams love to throw the football and are led by prolific senior quarterbacks.
Toledo, champion of the Mid-American Conference, will take on Appalachian State, co-champion of the Sun Belt Conference, on Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
The Rockets (11-2) are averaging 39.0 points per game. They wrapped up the MAC title with three straight blowout wins, including a 45-28 rout of Akron in the conference championship game. Their only losses were at then-No. 14 Miami in September and at Ohio in November.
Toledo quarterback Logan Woodside threw four touchdowns in the win over the Zips, capping a dynamic senior season and prompting Rockets coach Jason Candle to call him “the best passer in school history.”
Woodside, the MAC Offensive Player of the Year, passed for 3,758 yards and 28 touchdowns with five interceptions this year. He eclipsed the 10,000-yard mark for his career this season.
Appalachian State (8-4) can put up points, too. The Mountaineers bounced back from consecutive midseason losses at UMass and at Louisiana-Monroe with three straight wins, including a 63-14 rout of Louisiana-Lafayette in the regular-season finale.
Senior quarterback Tyler Lamb accounted for five touchdowns in the win. All four of Lamb’s touchdown passes went to freshman receiver Thomas Hennigan.
Lamb has passed for 2,606 yards with 27 touchdowns and six interceptions this year. He also has rushed for 539 yards, averaging 7.7 yard per carry, with five touchdowns.
Lamb has started 48 consecutive games, and he set a Sun Belt record with 90 career touchdown passes.
“The records come with great teammates and great coaches,” Lamb said this week. “Once you have that and you work on your game and put all that together, the records will come. But if you win a lot of ballgames, records will come, too. That’s what our (focus) was: Winning a lot of ballgames, winning conference championships, winning bowl championships, and here we are today trying to end it right in our senior year.”
Toledo faced six opponents that reached bowls this season, going 4-2 in those games. Appalachian State faced four bowl-bound opponents, going 2-2 in those contests.
Appalachian State has had one of the best, if not the best transition from FCS to FBS and their head coach Scott Satterfield knows it:
“The most successful transition from FCS to FBS of any school, I think, in the history of our sport,” Satterfield told AL.com “Now three straight bowl games and two conference championships, our program is at a big-time high right now. We have great administration from the top down. We’ve got great coaches and players that really care about our program, and I think that’s why we’ve been able to make this transition so successfully.”
That won’t matter today as Toledo has too much offensive firepower to be slowed down.
LINE: -6.5 Toledo
Toledo 42 Appalachian State 31