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Sun Belt Championship College Football Betting Preview: Appalachian St Mountaineers vs. Troy Trojans

December 2, 2023


The Sun Belt Championship game will take place on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 PM ET when the Appalachian State Mountaineers travel to Troy, Alabama to face the Troy Trojans at Larry Blakeney Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium and the game will air on ESPN.

Appalachian State made it to the Sun Belt Championship game after finishing with a record of 8-4 overall and a record of 6-2 in conference play which led to a 2nd place finish in the Sun Belt East division, however, the James Madison Dukes aren’t able to qualify for the Sun Belt Championship game as they are in a transition period from FCS to FBS. The Mountaineers had one of the best scoring offenses in the conference and in college football as they are averaging 35.75 points per game which is tied for the 17th most points per game in college football. 

Appalachian also had one of the best passing offenses as they are averaging 273.42 passing yards per game which ranks 17th in college football. Joey Aguilar played a pivotal role in the success the passing offense had as he enters this game having completed 247 of 389 attempts for 3,271 yards with 33 touchdowns and nine interceptions. The Appalachian State Mountaineers will be playing in the 4th Sun Belt Championship game and will be looking for their 3rd Championship when they play the Troy Trojans.

The Troy Trojans have been one of the best teams in the Sun Belt this season as they enter this game with a record of 10-2 which includes a record of 7-1 in conference play which led to a Sun Belt West Division Championship and enter this game on a nine-game winning streak following last week’s 35-17 win on the road against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. 

The success that Troy has had this season can be attributed to their defense as they had the best defense in the conference and one of the best scoring defenses in college football as they are allowing an average of 16.67 points per game which is the 10th fewest points per game in college football this season. Their passing offense has also been above-average this season as they are averaging 259.25 points per game and Gunnar Watson has played a pivotal role in the passing offense as he enters this game having completed 230 of 378 attempts for 3,135 yards with 26 touchdowns and five interceptions. The Trojans will be going for back-to-back Sun Belt Championships when they host the Appalachian State Mountaineers on Saturday afternoon.

BookMaker has the Troy Trojans listed as 6-point favorites at home against the Appalachian State Mountaineers in the Sun Belt Championship game on Saturday afternoon. Appalachian State has won seven of the eight games all-time including the previous five meetings while going 4-3-1 ATS all-time and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. 

The Appalachian State Mountaineers are 6-5-1 ATS overall, 3-2-1 ATS on the road, 3-0-1 ATS as an underdog, and 4-4 ATS in conference games this season while the Troy Trojans are 7-5 ATS overall, 2-4 ATS at home, 6-4 ATS as a favorite, and 6-2 ATS in conference games on the year.

Troy enters this game with a better record as they have a record of 10-2 while Appalachian State is 8-4. The Trojans have also been the better team at covering the spread this season as they are 7-5 ATS overall and 6-2 ATS in conference games while the Mountaineers are 6-5-1 ATS overall and 4-4 ATS in conference games. Lay the points with the Troy Trojans when they host the Appalachian State Mountaineers in the Sun Belt Championship game. 

Spooky Express Pick: Troy Trojans -6