Ryan Mayer

The college football bowl season is upon us. With 39 games spread out over the next two and a half weeks there is plenty of opportunity to add a little bonus to your holiday gift pile. Our bowl picks series will let you know who we think will come out on top against the spread. All lines and totals courtesy of Sportsline. Find all our picks here. All lines are as of the date of publication.

Dollar General Bowl

Appalachian State (8-4) vs. Toledo (11-2)

Spread: Toledo -7

Total: 61.5

Spread: App State has done nothing but win since rejoining FBS in 2014. The Mountaineers have had a winning record in every season since coming back and this season is no different for Coach Scott Satterfield. The Mountaineers are in the Top 40 on both offense and defense scoring averages at 33.4 points per game on offense and 21.9 per game on defense. They’re led by senior QB Taylor Lamb and junior RB Jalin Moore. Lamb is a threat through the air (2,606 yards 27 TD 6 INT) and on the ground (70 carries 539 yards 5 TD) and he’s in his fourth year at the controls. On defense, App State has done a good job pressuring opposing quarterbacks with 35 sacks, led by senior DL Antonius Sims’ (9.5). But, Sims is out for this game with a triceps injury and the Mountaineers have been somewhat of a bend-but-don’t-break team this year allowing nearly 360 yards per game to opponents despite allowing just under 22 points.

Toledo hasn’t missed a beat since Matt Campbell left to take the Iowa State job three years ago. Jason Candle stepped in and has led the Rockets to 10-2, 9-4 and 11-2 seasons. This year, the Rockets are just outside the Top 10 in points per game on offense, averaging over 39 a game, while the defense is just above middle-of-the-pack allowing 25.6 points per game. QB Logan Woodside, RB Terry Swanson and WR Diontae Johnson are the names to know on the offensive side. The Rockets dominate on the ground averaging 219 yards on 41 carries per game. Defensively, pass rusher Olasunkanmi Adeniyi is the name to know as he’s produced 62 tackles 19.5 for loss and 8.5 sacks this year.

The Rockets have been better ATS at 7-6 while the Mountaineers are 5-7 in covering on the year. Both teams are trending in the right direction recently though as Toledo has covered in five of their last seven and App State has covered each of their last three games. Despite the strong Mountaineers defense, Toledo should get rolling here and cover. Toledo -7

Total: Toledo has hit the over seven times this year and App State has hit it 6. Both teams have shown the ability to put up points in bunches this year and the Mountaineers are missing their top defensive lineman and potentially missing corner Josh Thomas, who’s dealing with an injury. Over 61.5

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