Ap­palachian St over CHAR­LOTTE by 10

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If you’re a fan of un­der­dogs, you re­ally should have seen last week’s Ap­palachian State game ver­sus Penn State. Down by 14 points in the fi­nal pe­riod, the 24-point un­der­dog Moun­taineers ral­lied for three unan­swered TDs to take a 31-24 lead – be­fore giv­ing up a late score that forced over­time, where they lost by 7 points. As in­spi­ra­tional as that con­test seemed to be for ASU, HC Scott Sat­ter­field and com­pany face a mas­sive emo­tional let­down on Satur­day when they go from play­ing the tits off a big-time pro­gram to an ex­pected big-mar­gin win over a Char­lotte team that opened with a 34-10 de­ci­sion over FCS foe Ford­ham. That vic­tory here last week matched the 49ers’ win to­tal for their en­tire 2017 sea­son, so it should come as no sur­prise that eighth-year head coach Brad Lam­bert is cur­rently feel­ing some in­tense heat on his back­side. He’ll count on hope­fully re­viv­ing a strong rush of­fense and stingy rush de­fense with a pair of new co­or­di­na­tors (49ers gained 221 rush­ing yards against Ford­ham and held the Rams to -9 yards rush­ing. We knew App State would be a big fa­vorite to­day after its sparkling per­for­mance in Happy Val­ley, and we’re con­vinced it will take some time for the de­flated Moun­taineeers to get back up off the car­pet in this evening’s con­test. Re­mem­ber, ASU is play­ing its sec­ond straight road game and has a home opener on tap with South­ern Miss. State’s poor mark as road chalk of late seals the deal.

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