Tougher Test

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Tougher Test
When the schedule came out this year, I heard a few friends, fans and listeners of my radio show lump Wofford and Appalachian State together as if they were the same.

I can understand why some would feel this way. Yes, they were both in the Southern Conference a couple of years ago and yes, they battled for a few years for the Southern Conference title. Yes, they both wear black and gold. Yes, Clemson is better and is favored to handle both out of conference opponents to start this season. But that is just about where the similarities stop. These are two completely different football teams this season.

It is fair to point out that historically Wofford has played Clemson closer than Appalachian State. The Terriers have beaten the Tigers, even tough that was in 1933, but they gave Clemson fits is 2011.

However, the 2015 versions of Wofford and Appalachian State are two different animals. Wofford has struggled the last two-plus seasons. There is a talent drop off for the program. Meanwhile, App. State is thriving. The Mountaineers moved to the FBS level and are the favorites to win the Sun Belt Conference this season.

App. State returns 20 starters from a team that won its last six games from a season ago. The Mountaineers don't have question marks at key positions like quarterback where Taylor Lamb has been a big weapon.

Last week, the Mountaineers outgained Howard 663-172. The 49-0 win was the seventh in a row for Appalachian State. In the opener, Lamb went 16-21 for 209 yards and three touchdowns. He also had five carries for 42 yards.

Appalachian State returns ten starters on each side of the ball including all-conference candidates Ronald Blair at defensive end, Doug Middleton at defensive back, Marcus Cox at running back and John Law at linebacker. Cox had over 100 yards on only 11 carries in the opener.

There is a big difference between Wofford and Appalachian State. Clemson's spread last week against the Terriers wound up at 34.5. This week the Tigers are only a 17 point favorite.

In my opinion, Appalachian State is better than Wofford, Syracuse, Wake Forest and Boston College. The Mountaineers will be the only team in that group that goes to a bowl game this season.

Clemson will beat Appalachian State this week, but heading into the game, this is a completely different test this week.

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My first thought and quick fix before reading this is,
App State is not better than Boston College ...
Well this week
Re: So what you're saying is BC can win the Sun Belt
Re: App State is not better than Boston College ...
Mickey Plyler®
I agree with you Mickey.***
^^ Mackey Ballwasher ^^
drop kick that junger mackey, maybe you two can
Maybe they can find some common ground by
groce. i hope they don't put that on a teeshirt.***
Re: Nobody knows we put our heads together***
Sorry I'm late, I just heard the good news about putting
Francis Marion®
When you say "some close to the program" I truly hope you
And my opinion is that your opinion is
I laughed out loud, really.
what about the 10s of hundreds of BC fans...
But this game is at Clemson.
the lack of humility before nature that's diplayed here
I usually ignore physics and geometry while...
Don't pay attention to him Mickey, he's just looking to
Re: App State is not better than Boston College ...
it's delightful watching you try to tell others how you feel
Re: it's delightful watching you try to tell others how you feel
when you consider something crass i find you delightful...
If Mackey stopped posting because "millenials" hurt his
Re: Social media today isn't what it was in the early 2000s
Hay quizell, seems like
Re: Hay quizell, seems like
Mackey, serious question:
Re: Mackey, serious question:
Re: Plyler's Blog: Tougher Test
Re: 3 accroding to Mackey***
Using Mackie's guide (cbssports rankings), App St would also
I don't care how many starters App St returns
They are bringing 20 Saturday...
Plyler is an idiot. App St better than Wake, BC and Cuse LOL
Neal in NC®
The loss of fan focus is why we don't have nice things!***
Re: I think App St. would beat Cuse...BC and Wake? No. But
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