We continue on with our brief look at each team on the 2017 Wake Forest Football schedule with a glance at in-state rival Appalachian State.
Team: Appalachian State
Location: Boone, North Carolina
Total Enrollment: 18,295
Conference: Sun Belt
Home Stadium: Kidd Brewer Stadium (25,258)
Head Coach: Scott Satterfield (32-18 overall, 24-8 in the Sun Belt)
2016 Record: 10-3 (7-1)
PPG: 29.2 (64th nationally)
PAPG: 17.8 (9th nationally)
Best Win: This is definitely between two games: a 34-10 win over at Georgia Southern (former FCS rival, and objectively its best performance of the year), or the 31-28 Camellia Bowl win over Toledo. I will go with Toledo because it was over the 34th best team in the country according to S&P.
Worst Loss: I’m going with the 45-10 thrashing it took at home to Miami because it was the first time App got the chance to host a P5 team and it just failed to compete at all.
Vegas Over/Under: 9.5 wins (Over -130)
It is hard to say that a 10-3 is an unsuccessful year for any program in the FBS, but I am sure that Appalachian State fans may have felt that way at times last year. After nearly upsetting the Tennessee Volunteers at Rocky Top in its season opener (falling 20-13 in a toss-up game), the Mountaineers got crushed by Miami in the third game of the year 45-10. This was disappointing due to the crowd, atmosphere, and hype behind an ACC team coming to visit Boone.
Under third-year coach Scott Satterfield, the Mountaineers completed its second straight 7-1 season, tying for first place in the Sun Belt. Despite this success, it was a second straight trip to the Camellia Bowl for App State.
The Mountaineers lose a fair amount of productivity coming into this year, but South Point still has them at a 9.5 O/U for 2017. Wake Forest will get a good idea of what it is up against early on because App State travels to Georgia to open up the season.
This will not be an easy game at all, but it should be a fun game for both Wake Forest and App State fans as this rivalry gets picked back up for the first time since the late 90’s.