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Western Kentucky vs Appalachian State Preview

SAN ANTONIO, TX – DECEMBER 03: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers quarterback Bailey Zappe (4) rolls to his left during the football game between the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and UTSA Roadrunners at the Alamodome on December 3, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The 8-5 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, will face off against the 10-3 Appalachian State Mountaineers, in the Boca Raton bowl. This game will show a nation’s best offense in the Hilltoppers, matchup against another one of nation’s best in the Mountaineers defense. Making this bowl game one you won’t want to miss this year.

Game Information

RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl

December 18, 2021, 10:00 AM CT

FAU Stadium, Boca Raton FL

Spread: App State (-2.5)

Over/Under (66.5)

What’s On The Table?

Western Kentucky

Bailey Zappe has emerged as the top quarterback in college football this year, statistically speaking. Zappe has thrown for 5,545 yards, and 56 touchdowns so far this year. Which puts him just in reach for a couple of FBS records, including Joe Burrow’s 60 touchdown season with LSU in 2019. Zappe is coming off a near 600 yard passing game agasint UTSA in the C-USA championship game. Another game like this, and we could see Zappe break another record, which is the passing yards in a season record held by B.J. Symons with 5,833 yards in 2003.

Appalachian State

On the other hand, Appalachian State is looking for their seventh straight bowl win, and can be done so by their great defense. The biggest question is if the Mountaineer secondary can really stop Zappe, and get the job done. Although this will be a test unlike any before. The App State offense is pretty decent too, but as flashy as WKU’s. Led by quarterback Chase Brice, the Mountaineers offense is putting up 34.2 PPG, and also putting up 187.7 rushing yards per game, as a run first team.

Prediction

Western Kentucky will be no different with the play calling as it has been working for them all year. Zappe will record 300+ yards and 3+ TD’s. Meanwhile star receiver Jerreth Sterns will record 150+ yards and a score. Chase Brice will try and lead App State on an offensive spree himself, by recording a a rushing touchdown of his own. But it won’t be enough as Bailey Zappe and the Hilltoppers pull off the upset by a couple of points.

FINAL SCORE PREDICTION: WKU 28-24 App State

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