The Appalachian State Mountaineers host one of the more intriguing games on their schedule on Thursday evening. The Mountaineers welcome the Marshall Thundering Herd to Kidd Brewer Stadium for a Sun Belt vs. Conference USA clash. The Mountaineers are 2-1 this season with only a two-point setback to Miami (FL) in the loss column. Marshall is also 2-1, including a 49-7 drubbing of Navy in the season opener. 

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET in Boone, N.C. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Mountaineers as seven-point favorites, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 58.5 in the latest Marshall vs. Appalachian State odds. Before finalizing any Appalachian State vs. Marshall picks, check out the college football predictions from SportsLine's Emory Hunt

Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of football since 2007, and a former running back at Louisiana-Lafayette. He knows the game from a player's perspective.

Hunt went 178-149 on his college football picks over the past two seasons, returning $1,477 to $100 players. In addition, Hunt is an outstanding 9-2 on his last 11 picks involving Appalachian State, returning nearly $700 for $100 bettors on those picks. Anybody who has been following his college football picks is way up. 

Now, he has set his sights on Marshall vs. App. State. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds and trends for App. State vs. Marshall:

  • Marshall vs. Appalachian State spread: Appalachian State -7
  • Marshall vs. Appalachian State over-under: 58.5 points
  • Marshall vs. Appalachian State money line: App. State -280, Marshall +230
  • MAR: The Thundering Herd are 6-7 against the spread in the last 13 games
  • APP: The Mountaineers are 5-10 against the spread in the last 15 games
Featured Game | Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. Marshall Thundering Herd

Why Marshall can cover

The Thundering Herd have been lights-out offensively in 2021, and their skill position players are a big reason for that success. Quarterback Grant Wells is averaging 370 passing yards per game and completing a robust 67 percent of his passes. Redshirt freshman running back Rasheen Ali has been tremendous, piling up 356 yards from scrimmage in three games, averaging 6.4 yards per carry, and generating eight touchdowns on the ground. 

On the outside, sophomore wide receiver Corey Gammage leads the team with 353 receiving yards, averaging 16 yards per catch, and the Marshall passing game ranks No. 2 in Conference USA in averaging 418.7 yards per game. Perhaps the most impressive number for the Thundering Herd is their No. 2 national ranking in total yards per game (604.7), but they are also putting up 43.7 points per contest, and Appalachian State will have its hands full with this efficient and explosive offense.

Why Appalachian State can cover

Appalachian State's offense has been impressive this season, especially when accounting for a tough road trip to Miami in the team's second game. The Mountaineers are averaging 446.3 total yards per game and 180 yards per game on the ground, with 8.9 yards per pass attempt through the air and seven rushing touchdowns in only three games. Former Clemson and Duke quarterback Chase Brice provides a steady hand, completing 70 percent of his passes for nearly 9.0 yards per throw. 

Appalachian State also has a pair of rushers with at least 250 yards through three games, with Camerun Peoples averaging 6.5 yards per carry with five touchdowns and Nate Noel adding 5.2 yards per rush. Corey Xavier Sutton has 240 yards receiving on the outside, and Appalachian State is putting up 33.3 points per game, ranking No. 2 in the Sun Belt to this point in the season.

How to make Marshall vs. Appalachian State picks

Hunt is leaning under on the total. He's also found a critical x-factor he believes makes one side of the spread hit hard. You can only get the pick at SportsLine

So who wins Marshall vs. Appalachian State? And what critical x-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the expert who has crushed his college football picks, and find out.