Location: Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, North Carolina
Time: 3:30 pm ET as of now
Weather: Biblical Flooding. It's already rained a foot in Boone the last seven days.
History: One Meeting in 2004: Wyoming 53 Appalachian State 7 (App State was FCS)
Betting Line: App State -25, opened at -16
Despite looking to avoid most of Hurricane Joaquim, Boone, North Carolina is looking to get hammered this weekend by rain. An already water-logged region is about to pushed over the limit starting on Friday. So if you're building an ark, make sure to have it good and ready to float up the mountain by then.
Looking At The Teams
The 2-1 App State Mountaineers looked dominant in their 49-0 destruction of Old Dominion last Saturday in Norfolk. A 501-175 yardage advantage wasn't a fluke. And returning home for the first time in four week, the Apps look like the real deal.
The 0-4 Wyoming Cowboys look just the opposite. Already halfway through their home schedule, Wyoming is having trouble after falling behind early in games.
The Mountaineers will be led on offense by running backs Marcus Cox (59 carries, 311 yards) and Terrence Upshaw (28 carries, 157 yards). Quarterback Taylor Lamb shrugged off his dismal performance at Clemson with an 11-15, 187 yard, 3 touchdown effort vs the Monarchs.
Wyoming comes in with one one head of their two-headed attack as Shaun Wick 43 carries, 97 yards) won't make the trip due to injury. The running now falls on Brian Hill (69 carries, 461 yards). For senior quarterback Cameron Coffman, if he's to put the ball up in a monsoon, Tanner Gentry (26 receptions, 436 yards) is the obvious target.
The App State defense is one of the best in all FBS with two shutouts, no red-zone points allowed and ranking fifth in yards allowed per game at 246. Wyoming in 93rd at 431 yards allowed per game.
For App State To Win
The Apps need to limit the big plays by the Cowboys. It's an area they struggled at versus Clemson. Besides that, the offense needs to take care of the ball and the yards and points should come.
For Wyoming To Win
The Pokes need to score points when they can, using a balanced attack to keep the Mountaineers guessing. Then on defense, they need to hold App State on third downs and force turnovers, something Old Dominion couldn't do. And the kicking game needs to make a field goal or two as Wyoming is 0-3 on the season.
Heavy downpours force the game to be played in rowboats, which is approved by the NCAA due to incoming global warming. Wyoming tries to run a double reverse flea-flicker, but the App State defense blows the play up literally as the Mountaineers will have installed cannons on their defensive rowboats. An NCAA investigation follows and after the Autonomous 5 get involved, cannons on defensive rowboats are permitted to a certain length.
Soon after, North Carolina is busted for having tutors use the rowboat cannons themselves and waits ten years for punishment. SMU is caught with one canon two inches longer than normal and the school is blown up by the NCAA's mega-canon. Baylor is caught with motors on their rowboats and vows to conduct a thorough investigation and suspends Art Briles for one half against Our Lady of the Underwater University.
Mark Hudspeth then goes on a verbal tirade blaming the new and very-fancy Louisiana Aquatics Center for his team losing to Arkansas State. The same week, Paul Petrino tries to cut the breathing tube of a local beat writer during an underwater Idaho practice.
This all occurs before the App State/Wyoming return game in 2021 in Laramie. And by that year, the CFB Playoff will be #1 Navy vs #4 Kansas and #2 US Coast Guard Academy (newly D1 after moving from D3) vs #3 Coastal Kentucky (a new school formed due to global warming) with Kansas winning the title beating USCGA in the Championship game.
Appalachian State 42 Wyoming 9