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CFB : ATS Matchup

UAB (9 - 4) vs. APPALACHIAN ST (12 - 1)
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Week 17 Saturday, 12/21/2019 9:00 PM
New Orleans Bowl - Mercedes-Benz Superdome - New Orleans, LA
Board OpenLatest
218APPALACHIAN ST-17.5-16.5
UAB - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games9-4+3.47-56-723.615.8352.7(5.5)1.920.813.2294.1(4.6)1.5
Road Games3-4-1.63-43-416.99.7305.0(5)2.327.316.9333.7(5.1)1.4
Last 3 Games2-1+11-11-217.312.0295.3(4.7)1.328.018.7381.3(5.3)1.0
Dome Games1-0+11-01-033.016.0492.0(7.3)
UAB - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)23.615.817.831:5740-159(3.9)13-2355.9%193(8.3)64-353(5.5)(14.9)
Opponents Defensive Avg.28.915.719.830:3738-165(4.3)17-2960.6%222(7.7)67-388(5.8)(13.4)
Offense Road Games16.99.716.730:5837-125(3.4)13-2456.0%180(7.5)61-305(5)(18.1)
Defense (All Games)20.813.216.928:0234-107(3.2)16-3051.6%187(6.1)64-294(4.6)(14.1)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.812.218.730:1736-132(3.7)19-3259.3%220(6.9)67-352(5.2)(15.5)
Defense Road Games27.316.917.629:0235-112(3.2)17-3057.6%222(7.4)65-334(5.1)(12.2)

APPALACHIAN ST - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games12-1+49-46-739.422.5438.2(6.3)0.720.210.9335.9(5)1.6
Road Games6-0+6.55-12-434.221.5414.3(6)0.716.010.7311.8(4.5)1.7
Last 3 Games3-0+22-11-242.727.7468.7(6.8)1.021.313.3353.3(5)2.0
APPALACHIAN ST - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)39.422.521.231:1143-232(5.4)17-2763.2%206(7.8)70-438(6.3)(11.1)
Opponents Defensive Avg.30.415.520.930:5639-188(4.8)18-2962.4%219(7.6)68-407(6)(13.4)
Offense Road Games34.221.520.233:1943-213(5)18-2666.7%201(7.6)69-414(6)(12.1)
Defense (All Games)20.210.918.328:4835-136(3.9)18-3254.9%200(6.2)67-336(5)(16.6)
Opponents Offensive Avg.27.613.92130:0940-189(4.8)18-2960.7%211(7.2)69-400(5.8)(14.5)
Defense Road Games16.010.718.326:4132-100(3.1)20-3754.3%212(5.8)69-312(4.5)(19.5)
Average power rating of opponents played: UAB 20.9,  APPALACHIAN ST 26.2
UAB - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/2/2019@ TENNESSEE7-30L13L49.5U25-6314-30-174439-12116-27-1811
11/9/2019@ SOUTHERN MISS2-37L7.5L49.5U33-7015-25-103234-16117-22-1641
11/23/2019LOUISIANA TECH20-14W-6T44.5U44-16612-23-187131-9716-34-1730
11/30/2019@ NORTH TEXAS26-21W-3.5W49.5U48-2037-13-107135-2122-34-2682
12/7/2019@ FLA ATLANTIC6-49L7.5L49O40-1398-19-84242-28618-39-2991
12/21/2019*APPALACHIAN ST            

APPALACHIAN ST - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/26/2019@ S ALABAMA30-3W-27.5L51U45-34916-28-132038-876-19-521
10/31/2019GA SOUTHERN21-24L-13L42O30-15225-51-271056-3351-4-160
11/9/2019@ S CAROLINA20-15W6.5W51U41-979-16-105127-2132-58-3251
11/16/2019@ GEORGIA ST56-27W-14.5W61.5O46-28021-34-273131-18615-32-1383
11/23/2019TEXAS ST35-13W-28L49.5U49-2809-17-188125-5418-34-1541
11/29/2019@ TROY48-13W-10W64.5U37-19429-35-328123-3527-46-3042
12/7/2019LA LAFAYETTE45-38W-5.5W57.5O51-2679-17-149138-15924-46-3543
New coach leads No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB in New Orleans Bowl

No. 20 Appalachian State is back in the New Orleans Bowl for the second year in a row, and once again, the Mountaineers will be led by a head coach who wasn't in charge during the regular season.

For the Saturday game against UAB at the Superdome, Appalachian State will have Shawn Clark as head coach after Eliah Drinkwitz left to take over the top job at Missouri.

A year ago, Mark Ivey led the Mountaineers to a 45-13 win over Middle Tennessee in the New Orleans Bowl after Scott Satterfield resigned to move to Louisville.

Clark will look to keep the 12-1 Mountaineers on track.

"You can expect a football team that holds up our winning tradition," he said. "A football team that is tough and exceeds expectations, and a football team that stands together because in destiny, you rarely arrive alone."

Since the Mountaineers won the Sun Belt Conference championship game Dec. 7 by defeating Louisiana, Drinkwitz exited.

Clark replaced him, first as interim coach and then later last week as the next head coach. An Appalachian State alum, he had overseen the offensive line until this latest promotion.

The Mountaineers, who have won four straight Sun Belt Conference titles, already have 12 victories, the top total for a Football Bowl Subdivision team in the state of North Carolina. And for the first time in the New Orleans Bowl's 19-year history, a ranked team will be a participant.

"What these players built here, we take a lot of pride in what we do, and we expect to win every football game," Clark said. "We don't go anywhere to be second fiddle, so that's what makes us special. It's what makes us unique."

Appalachian State is the only school to win each of its first four bowl games in consecutive seasons, and now the Mountaineers look to tack on a fifth.

Appalachian State and UAB will meet for the first time in football.

UAB (9-4) lost 49-6 to Florida Atlantic in the Conference USA championship game. Now the Blazers are headed for their third straight bowl since the program was re-instated in 2017. Last year, the Blazers defeated Northern Illinois in the Boca Raton Bowl.

Under coach Bill Clark, UAB began the season with a 6-1 mark and later won its final three regular-season games.

"New Orleans is an easy trip for our fans, and we are expecting a big turnout for what should be an excellent game," the Blazers coach said.

Dylan Hopkins has started the last five games at quarterback for the Blazers, who average 23.6 points per game.

This could be a good steppingstone for the Blazers, who have won back-to-back Conference USA West Division titles. Of the team's 16 players to receive all-conference recognition, 13 are eligible to return next season.

Blazers junior linebacker Kristopher Moll is four tackles shy of 100 for the season.

Appalachian State features running back Darrynton Evans, the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year, and linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither, the league's Defensive Player of the Year.

The Mountaineers average 39.4 points per game.

"Every year I prepared myself for this opportunity to be the head coach, and it's here," Shawn Clark said. "I can't wait to get started."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 8/12/2020 12:19:54 PM EST

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