The Appalachian State vs Marshall game is shaping up to be a good one to start week four of the college football season. Appalachian State is coming into the game with a 2-1 record with their only loss coming in a 25-23 game against Miami. Marshall also has a 2-1 record with their loss coming to East Carolina in a 42-38 game. 

Appalachian State vs Marshall Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: College Football
  • Teams: Appalachian State at Marshall
  • Where: Boone, North Carolina
  • Date: September 23, 2021
  • Betting Odds: Spread: Appalachian State -7 (-110) Marshall +7 (-110), Moneyline: Appalachian State (-280) Marshall (+225), Over/Under: 58.5 (-110 for either option)  (at PointsBet)

Appalachian State Preview: Will They Continue Their Promising Season?

Through the first three weeks, Appalachian State has had a very good season. They have had dominant victories over both East Carolina and Elon. While Miami has been the only power-five team they have played, even that loss was not a devastating one. 

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They have a very talented and balanced offensive attack. Through the first three weeks, they have favored the pass over the run. Appalachian State currently ranks 52nd in offensive yards per game, 37th in passing yards per game, and 66th in rushing yards per game. 

Despite this, they may lean more towards the run this week. Marshall’s defense is far much weaker against the run compared to the pass. Appalachian State’s defense should not be much of a concern, they have done more than enough to take care of business so far and against better offenses than Marshall’s. 

Marshall: Can They Bounce Back?

Marshall is coming off of their lone loss this season against East Carolina. The game was a 42-38 shootout in which their offense was hitting on all cylinders but their defense could not slow down their opponent. With Appalachian State having the offense they do, it may once again be up to the offense to try to outscore their opponents in another barnburner.

Marshall has one of the best passing offenses in the entire country. They rank 5th in yards per game and 4th in passing yards per game. This is something that could trip Appalachian State up. They rank as the 83rd best passing defense in the country. If this is something that Marshall can take advantage of, they may be able to pull off the upset as long as their defense can do their job.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis for This College Football Game

This game will be featuring two very high-powered offenses. It will be decided by which team’s defense will be able to step up to the challenge. While it is very unlikely that either offense will be ground to a complete halt, if either team is able to simply slow the other down, it will be the deciding factor. 

For this reason, the over seems like a very obvious choice for this matchup. Despite it being set at 58.5 points, neither teams have defenses that on paper can do much to stand in the way of the opposing offense.

In terms of the spread and Moneyline, Appalachian State is our pick for this game. They have looked great this year against much better opponents than Marshall. Along with this, we have the privilege of each team having a common opponent. Appalachian State was able to easily take down East Carolina while Marshall lost to them last week.

Appalachian State vs Marshall Pick

  • Free Betting Pick: Appalachian State spread, Appalachian State Moneyline, and over 58.5 points.  (at PointsBet)

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