... 2019 02:10 PM ORDER REPRINT ... Oklahoma State 200. Yes, thatâs right â Appalachian State, of all teams, has two of the six best cornerbacks in college football. Appalachian State University's ranking in the 2021 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities South, #6. The trump card is the defense. Most Recent Games and Any Score Since 1869. 11 Washington and remained at No. Weaknesses: Adjusting to a new coach is never easy, but there are not many glaring weaknesses on the Mountaineers. Holiday Bowl (Dec. 27): Michigan (9-3) vs. USC (8-4), Camping World Bowl (Dec. 28): Notre Dame (10-2) vs. Kansas State (8-4), Alamo Bowl (Dec. 31): Utah (11-2) vs. Oklahoma State (8-4), Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1): Minnesota (10-2) vs. Alabama (10-2), Outback Bowl (Jan. 1): Iowa (9-3) vs. Auburn (9-3). 2019 Appalachian State Statistics. It was also the Tigers' fourth consecutive victory by at least three touchdowns. 25 in the AP poll) thanks to a 5-1 start that featured five straight wins following an overtime loss at Penn State. Running back Darrynton Evans led the Sun Belt in rushing with 1,187 yards, and he scored seven touchdowns. It's feasible that half these teams will be playing for coaches who weren't even responsible for getting them to this point. No. But the Texas Bowl is a strong runner-up to the Cheez-It Bowl, as there is no love lost between in-state rivals Texas and Texas A&M, even though they haven't played each other since 2011. If the Badgers had been annihilated by Ohio State in the Big Ten championship, it probably would have knocked them out of contention. The Mountaineers, under new head coach Eliah Drinkwitz, opens its 2019 season Aug. 31 at home against East Tennessee State. And neither the MAC nor the Sun Belt is guaranteed a spot against a Power Five foe. However, for a team whose resume was rooted almost entirely in the eye test, it was a bad final look. Most of this tier can be written in permanent ink, regardless of how much movement there is in the final rankings. 10 and No. You can follow him on Twitter, @kerrancejames. 19 Boise State could jump in front of the Tigers. Quarterback Zac Thomas is back after being named the 2018 Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year after scoring 31 total touchdowns. There have been fierce debates at the end of each of the past two seasons over which team belongs at No. LSU had a few colossal duds in that department while the Buckeyes entered championship weekend leading the nation in total yards allowed per game. The lone exception was the 28-17 Penn State game in which a pair of third-quarter fumbles helped keep the Nittany Lions within shouting distance. Michigan18. Drinkwitz’s offenses at NC State got better in each of his three seasons, and he will implement some of his own concepts to an offense that was prolific last season. Outlook: Drinkwitz probably couldn’t have asked for a better first head-coaching job. Florida8. The Red Wolves have a triumvirate of wide receivers—Omar Bayless, Kirk Merritt and Jonathan Adams Jr.—who have combined for 31 touchdowns and more than 3,000 yards. Sun Belt Conference Standings for College Football with division standings, games back, team ELO, streaks, and conference ELO 2019 Sun Belt Football Conference Standings | WarrenNolan.com Men's Coupled with Ohio State's need to rally from an early scare against Wisconsin, that statement win may have been enough for LSU to retake the No. Texas A&M 132 And if you think the MAC championship had any bearing on the College Football Playoff or even the Top 25 polls, you must have been watching a different season than the rest of us. College Football Playoff Rankings IRVING, Texas â Appalachian State added another milestone in its historic football season, ranked 20th in the final College Football Playoff Top 25 Rankings for the 2019 season. There's not much of a debate to be had about which four teams will reach the playoff, but there's a lot of uncertainty regarding the final two spots in the New Year's Six. Then their credit score plunged. 1 non-playoff pairing I hope is accurate. —ranked the Tigers ahead of the Buckeyes this week. 3 Clemson (13-0), National Championship Game: No. 4 Georgia drops behind No. The ranking only lasted a week as the Apps would get blasted in Statesboro, going down to their third string QB in the process. Joe Burrow locked up the Heisman Trophy with yet another four-touchdown performance against what was supposed to be one of the nation's best defenses. Florida State fired Willie Taggart over a month ago and could decide on its new head coach by late December. More 2019 Appalachian State Pages. The Red Wolves have a triumvirate of wide receivers, Former Boston College head coach Steve Addazio and Florida State's interim head coach Odell Haggins, North Carolina (6-6) vs. Florida Atlantic* (10-3), Cincinnati (10-3) vs. Boston College (6-6), Arizona State (7-5) vs. Wake Forest (8-4), Utah's Tyler Huntley (1) and Zack Moss (2), , Navy (Military Bowl), SMU (Liberty Bowl), Temple (Gasparilla Bowl), Tulane (Frisco Bowl), UCF (Cure Bowl). Quick Lane Bowl: Central Michigan* (8-5) vs. Louisville (7-5), Pinstripe Bowl: Illinois (6-6) vs. Pittsburgh (7-5)Texas Bowl: Texas (7-5) vs. Texas A&M (7-5)Cheez-It Bowl: Air Force^ (10-2) vs. Washington State (6-6), Music City Bowl: Miami (6-6) vs. Kentucky (7-5)Redbox Bowl: Michigan State (6-6) vs. Washington (7-5), Belk Bowl: Tennessee (7-5) vs. Virginia Tech (8-4)Sun Bowl: Arizona State (7-5) vs. Wake Forest (8-4)Liberty Bowl: Iowa State (7-5) vs. SMU± (10-2), Gator Bowl: Indiana (8-4) vs. Mississippi State (6-6). Memphis17. Considering the Big 12 championship went to overtime, it's unlikely No. They took a mortgage deferment through the CARES Act. The Mountaineers finished ranked No. Over the past few seasons, the selection committee hasn't much penalized teams for losses in conference championships. BOONE, N.C. â App State Football received another accolade in its season of firsts as the College Football Playoff committee placed the Mountaineers at No. 12, respectively, in the AP poll could result in an exceptionally chippy battle. As the highest-ranked non-CFP teams from the SEC and the Big 12, Georgia and Baylor are headed to the Sugar Bowl. Conferences. More on that shortly. Zac Thomas ran for a touchdown and Nicholas Ross scored on a 20-yard interception return as Appalachian State beat its second Power Five program of the season -- and first from the Southeastern Conference -- with a â¦ I would watch the heck out of Appalachian State against a team like Virginia Tech or Oklahoma State, and would have loved to see a Utah State or a UAB battle a Stanford or an Oregon last year. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,410; out-of-state tuition and fees are $22,217. 2019 Appalachian State Statistics. This tier inspires hope for 2020 in this year's disappointing teams. Baylor11. Drinkwitz spent the previous three seasons as North Carolina State’s offensive coordinator. 22. Bayless has roughly 50 percent of those totals by himself and might be playing in the NFL next year. Look back: The Mountaineers almost pulled off another major upset in the opening week of the 2018 season. Richardson) and somehow got better. 20; and was ranked in the College Football Playoff rankings for the first time in school and Sun Belt history. College Football Playoff Standings 2019: Final Rankings & Bowl Game Projections ... Appalachian State 21. SHAUN JOLLY, APPALACHIAN STATE. And in the previous season, Miami was obliterated 38-3 by Clemson and only slipped three spots to No. 1 seed and not needing to play the Tigers in the semifinals will be a huge advantage. Oregon9. SMU25. But they put forth a quality effort against the projected No. 20 in the College Football Playoff rankings and will play UAB in the New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 21. Maybe "crushed" is a bit harsh, because they had the ball at the Oregon 40 with roughly 10 minutes remaining in a 23-15 game. With nine players sending their National Letters of Intent to play football for Appalachian State, the recruiting class of 2019 has been completed for the Mountaineers. But considering that's not a bad loss and Georgia defeated Florida earlier this season, it's a safe assumption the Bulldogs will remain in front of the Gators. 10. 2020 season schedule, scores, stats, and highlights. Learn how Appalachian State ranks across all of College Factual's rankings including Best Colleges Nationwide, Best Colleges for Your Money, Best Colleges in North Carolina and the region, and Best Majors. Ranked No. The selection committee still has a crucial decision to make, though: Ohio State or LSU in the top spot. As far as the projected matchups are concerned, the Cheez-It Bowl remains the No. Kerry Miller covers college football and men's college basketball for Bleacher Report. Key losses: OL Chandler Greer, WR Dominique Heath, DL MyQuon Stout, LB Anthony Flory, DB Clifton Duck, DB Tae Hayes, Top returnees: QB Zac Thomas, RB Darrynton Evans, WR Corey Sutton, WR Thomas Hennigan, OL Victor Johnson, OL Ryan Neuzil, OL Noah Hannon, DL Chris Willis, DL Elijah Diarrassouba, LB Jordan Fehr, LB Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB Noel Cook, DB Josh Thomas, DB Desmond Franklin. Appalachian State Mountaineers team page with results, picks, power rankings, odds and stats. LSU made its case in the SEC championship, stomping Georgia 37-10. The linebacker group is also among the best in the Sun Belt. For the second year in a row, Louisiana and Appalachian State will meet in Boone, N.C. to decide the Sun Belt Championship. Includes home and away, bye weeks, bowl schedules, and printable schedules. Here is the breakdown of bowl projections, listed alphabetically by conference. They were invited to the New Orleans Bowl where they defeated Middle Tennessee. 17 in the final Top 25. After all that arguing over whether Utah deserved a spot in the College Football Playoff, the Utes were crushed 37-15 in the Pac-12 Championship Game and probably won't even qualify for a New Year's Six bowl. Even if the Bears do tumble, though, they're still going to represent the Big 12 in the Sugar Bowl. Navy 22. View Appalachian State University rankings for 2021 and see where it ranks among top colleges in the U.S. Peach Bowl: No. With Clemson and Oklahoma all but guaranteed to land at Nos. It originated as Watuaga Academy, founded in 1899 by a citizen group determined to provide education for local teachers. It's really just a question of whether No. We also know that some ACC team (most likely Virginia) will play in the Orange Bowl and that some Big Ten team (probably Penn State) will go to the Rose Bowl. We'll have to wait until Sunday to see if the selection committee agrees. Minnesota14. *Western Kentucky takes a spot the American Athletic Conference is unable to fill. Itâs hard to ignore just how much more the numbers like Appalachian State than anyone else in the Sun Belt. Aside from that removal of any doubt regarding who deserves the final playoff spot, the most noteworthy development of the weekend was CFP No. 1 team. 21. The 2019 football season saw the Mountaineers break records. 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Oregon is locked into the Rose Bowl following its Pac-12 championship upset of Utah. The wide receivers were productive last season and the trio of Corey Sutton, Thomas Hennigan and Malik Williams are among the best in the conference. 3 and No. The Mountaineers rode the momentum into a Sun Belt Conference championship, finishing 11-2 and winning the inaugural Sun Belt title game 30-19 over Louisiana. And now we wait to see how far the No. This will be Appalachian Stateâs night with a sharp all-around performance with a good offensive balance that controls the clock and takes the Raginâ Cajuns out of their tempo. With all due respect to the New Orleans Bowl and whichever team represents Conference USA in that game, Appalachian State deserves better than this. 8 Wisconsin might fall out of contention, though, which—coupled with Utah's fall—could open the door for Auburn to jump up and face Memphis in the Cotton Bowl. 1? The team has to replace two starters in the secondary in Clifton Duck and Tae Hayes, who both signed as NFL undrafted free agents. Oklahoma5. 52 Appalachian State strives to keep rolling under new coach. 5 Utes fall in the final rankings. 7 Baylor would also drop out of the Top 10 despite its loss to Oklahoma. 1 team trailing by 14 at halftime of the Big Ten championship, but it ended up being a day devoid of upsets or chaos. App State applied more pressure (sack rate of 6.3 in 2016 improved to 8.6 in 2017), forced more turnovers (1.7 to 2.2) and allowed just four yards per rushing attempt. Also worth mentioning: All three of Ohio State's nonconference opponents—Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic and Miami-Ohio—ended up playing in their respective conference championship games. The Mountain West gets the Las Vegas Bowl against a middling Pac-12 foe. 8 Wisconsin, winning a home game against No. The only way that would change is if No. | Part 1 of Special Series, We apologize for endorsing U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, who wants to overturn the election | Editorial, Maskless crowd — including DeSantis family — at Edgewater-Niceville high school football game prompts online criticism, praise. USC23. Conference: Sun Belt (East Division) ... More 2019 Appalachian State Pages. 11 Auburn will snag that final spot in the Cotton Bowl. 2 LSU. Georgia7. In addition to the Cotton Bowl, why can't we have another "at-large" bowl or two in which the best Group of Five team(s) get a chance to take on an eight-win or nine-win team from a Power Five league? Yet, because of one slow start in a 24-21 loss to Georgia Southern's triple-option offense, here they are in a game that no average fan will care about. 17 Memphis will almost certainly be the Group of Five's representative in the Cotton Bowl after two consecutive wins over Cincinnati; however, it's feasible that No. 9, Florida is just about guaranteed to land somewhere in this tier. Ohio State also has a bunch of quality wins, twice defeating No. Appalachian State University is a public university located in Boone, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Despite falling behind 20-0 in the first half—and despite the unappealing final margin—the Utes made the game interesting at a few points. Appalachian State (13â1) 19. 4, but losses by Utah and Georgia made this perhaps the most cut-and-dried quartet of the College Football Playoff era. 2 LSU (13-0) vs. No. Notre Dame16. Not only did that game eliminate Utah from the College Football Playoff hunt, but it also may have knocked Utah out of the New Year's Six altogether. 23. 8 Wisconsin or No. With the exception of Miami-Ohio's win over Central Michigan in the MAC championship, all the favorites held serve. *Central Michigan takes a spot the Big Ten is unable to fill.^Air Force takes a spot the Big 12 is unable to fill.±SMU takes a spot the SEC is unable to fill. Since taking over for Chris Petersen in 2014, Harsin has averaged 10.5 wins per year. The regular-season finale against Troy could determine who will play in the Sun Belt Conference Championship game on Dec. 7. Penn State15. This season, in particular, was quite the coaching job, as the Broncos lost a four-year starter at quarterback (Brett Rypien), a 1,400-yard rusher (Alexander Mattison) and both of their leading receivers from 2018 (Sean Modster, A.J. Utah13. And would it surprise anyone if Boise State's Bryan Harsin ends up on a non-blue turf next season? Appalachian State 154. Marshall (8-4) vs. Appalachian State (12-1), Speaking of Sun Belt entities that deserve more respect/attention, keep an eye out for wherever Arkansas State lands. UCF24. That said, if the committee decides to flip-flop the top two teams again and we end up getting a national semifinal with LSU and Oklahoma racing to 70 points, that would be acceptable to everyone aside from Ohio State fans. App State’s schedule this season includes games on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 10 Penn State and out of NY6 range into the Alamo Bowl. 5 Michigan in 2007. Appalachian St beats Gamecocks 20-15 for 2nd Power Five win. 1 seed and should remain in the New Year's Six mix. 5 Utah in the Pac-12 championship. Moreover, after last week's jump from No. Most Recent Games and Any Score Since 1869. Appalachian State21. Championship Saturday started with the Big 12 title game going to overtime and ended with the No. Due to their head-to-head win over Troy, they represented the East Division in the inaugural Sun Belt Championship Game where they defeated West Division champion Louisiana to become Sun Belt Champions for the third consecutive year and first time outright. He was named assistant head coach in 2019. 9 Penn State in the opening week, almost replicating one of the biggest upsets in college football history when the Mountaineers defeated No. Northwestern lost by 21 to Ohio State and merely dropped from No. Louisiana vs Appalachian State Prediction, Line. 130 to our projected No. The Sentinel staff will take a closer look at a new team daily, counting backward from No. The Air Force triple-option offense against the Washington State air-raid offense would be highly entertaining, particularly considering how poorly Washington State has defended the run. The Mountaineers finished the 2018 season 12â1, 7â1 in Sun Belt play to be co-champions of the East Division with Troy. The actual matchups on this tier leave something to be desired, but it will at least be intriguing to find out who is coaching for several of these teams. There were few changes near the top of the college football rankings this week. 1 Ohio State (13-0) vs. No. 13 Oregon toppled No. Central Michigan (Quick Lane Bowl) was one of the worst squads in the nation last year, going 1-11 with an offense that was just awful. 2019 Sun Belt power rankings: How do you rank anybody but App State No. Drinkwitz inherits a team that returns talent on both sides of the ball and should once again be one of the top teams in the Sun Belt. Coach: Eliah Drinkwitz (0-0, entering first season, 0-0 overall), 2018 record: 11-2, 7-1 in Sun Belt, tied for first in East Division. For what it's worth, all six of Bleacher Report's college football experts—Matt Hayes, David Kenyon, Adam Kramer, Kerry Miller, Joel Reuter and Brad Shepard—ranked the Tigers ahead of the Buckeyes this week. Find out the latest on your favorite NCAAF teams on CBSSports.com. 25 in this weekâs rankings. Conferences. 11 to No. The Mountaineers are the favorites to repeat as Sun Belt champions in large part because of the amount of talent and experience returning. But we expect Utah to be the exception to that rule, dropping all the way behind current No. Orlando Sentinel college insider Matt Murschel ranked all 130 FBS teams in the country entering the 2019 season. 4, respectively, getting the No. (Texas eventually disappeared from the rankings entirely, and both Auburn and Alabama have since slipped to just outside the Top 10.) 2021 Rankings for Appalachian State University. While Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell hasn't been linked to any specific job yet, you know his phone will be ringing off the hook after his team won 21 games in the past two seasons. View the complete FPI Appalachian State Mountaineers football team schedule on ESPN.com. *Florida Atlantic takes a spot the SEC is unable to fill.^Western Michigan takes a spot the Big 12 is unable to fill.‡Liberty takes a spot the Big Ten is unable to fill. App State was ranked for the first time since the move to FBS last season in what was seen as a breakthrough moment for the App State football program. But while Saturday was Chalk City, there was a major development in Friday's only game, as CFP No. New Year's Six games are italicized and underlined. Nine of their other 10 wins came by at least 10 points, and even the 45-38 victory over Louisiana in the Sun Belt championship was never in doubt. Boston College has already fired Steve Addazio after a seventh consecutive season with seven wins or fewer. It's mighty impressive to make the leap from "not good enough for a bowl game" straight to "good enough to take spots that were supposed to be reserved for Power Five teams.". They might even stay in front of Penn State and go to the Rose Bowl. Get the latest news and information for the Appalachian State Mountaineers. Don't count on it, though. They became the first team in North Carolina to win 13 games in a season; the first team to win its first five bowl games; achieved a new App State and Sun Belt record for an AP Top 25 ranking at No. The Group of Five needs better representation during bowl season. 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No. 1 seed, particularly after vaulting the Buckeyes ahead of the Tigers two weeks ago? 1 Ohio State over No. 21 to No. Indiana, Illinois and Tennessee also went from the 2018 couch to a 2019 bowl game. Appalachian State 26, Louisiana 20 Bet on Louisiana vs Appalachian State with BetMGM Appalachian State -2.5, o/u: 51.5 As the more well-rounded team, Ohio State is more deserving of the No. If we get both of those games on Dec. 27—followed by the CFP semifinals on Dec. 28—that would be a sensational Friday-Saturday combo of football. 10 Penn State and blowing out No. Appalachian State quarterback Zac Thomas (12) â¦ Akeem Davis-Gaither led the team with 105 tackles. â¢ First Sun Belt team to win as a Top 25 team (2019) â¢ First Sun Belt team to be ranked Top 25 in consecutive weeks (2019) Last year, App State earned its first Top 25 ranking as an FBS member (No. The Mountaineers, which are ranked No. App State went on to trounce Middle Tennessee 45-13 in the New Orleans Bowl. Appalachian State quarterback Zac Thomas (12) passes in the first half of the New Orleans Bowl NCAA college football game against Middle Tennessee in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. 5 Utah, No. That bad blood plus the mutual frustration with finishing 7-5 after opening the season ranked Nos. Strengths: App State’s offense, which ranked 37th in the country last season in yards per game at 431, returns virtually everybody. Virginia, Others receiving votes: Air Force, Cincinnati, North Dakota State, Bahamas Bowl: Buffalo (7-5) vs. Charlotte (7-5)Frisco Bowl: Tulane (6-6) vs. Southern Miss (7-5), New Mexico Bowl: Florida International (6-6) vs. Wyoming (7-5)Cure Bowl: Georgia State (7-5) vs. UCF (9-3)Boca Raton Bowl: Western Kentucky* (8-4) vs. Ohio (6-6)Camellia Bowl: Miami (Ohio) (8-5) vs. Georgia Southern (7-5)New Orleans Bowl: Marshall (8-4) vs. Appalachian State (12-1), Gasparilla Bowl: UAB (9-4) vs. Temple (8-4), Arizona Bowl: Nevada (7-5) vs. Louisiana (10-3), Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Utah State (7-5) vs. Kent State (6-6), LendingTree Bowl: Toledo (6-6) vs. Arkansas State (7-5). Rank: 19th in the Final AP poll. Appalachian State named Eliah Drinkwitz the successor to Scott Satterfield, who departed for Louisville. Rank: 19th in the Final AP poll. Las Vegas Bowl (Dec. 21): Boise State (12-1) vs. California (7-5), Independence Bowl (Dec. 26): North Carolina (6-6) vs. Florida Atlantic* (10-3), Military Bowl (Dec. 27): Florida State (6-6) vs. Navy (9-2), First Responder Bowl (Dec. 30): Louisiana Tech (9-3) vs. Western Michigan^ (7-5), Birmingham Bowl (Jan. 2): Cincinnati (10-3) vs. Boston College (6-6), Armed Forces Bowl (Jan. 4): Liberty‡ (7-5) vs. San Diego State (9-3). ... College Football Scores. Navy22. Both Air Force (Cheez-It Bowl) and SMU (Liberty Bowl) improved from five wins in 2018 to 10 wins this year. The AAC gets a couple of games that are supposed to be against bottom-of-the-barrel ACC and SEC teams. Former Florida head coach Jim McElwain came in and immediately led the Chippewas to eight wins and a spot in the MAC Championship game. 1 seed. 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