At 2:00 ET, it’s a week 12 NCAAF battle between the Dukes and Mountaineers at Bridgeforth Stadium/Zane Showker Field. Don’t miss it on ESPN+ as the game takes place on Saturday, November 18th. The Dukes are set as 8.5 point favorites at home in this Sun Belt showdown. Can they pull off a home win and cover the spread?


The Pick: Appalachian State Mountaineers +8.5

This game will be played at Bridgeforth Stadium/Zane Showker Field at 2:00 ET on Saturday, November 18th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 32-24 in favor of James Madison.
  • Even though we have James Madison winning straight-up, we like Appalachian State at +8.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 55.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 56 points.

Can The Mountaineers Secure a Win at Harrisonburg?

So far, the Appalachian State Mountaineers are 6-4, including going 2-2 on the road and 3-1 at home.

Against the spread, Appalachian State has gone 3-4-1 this season. The Mountaineers have been favored six times compared to two games as the underdog.

This season, Appalachian State has posted an over/under record of 3-5 through 10 games. On average their games have combined for 61.8 points.

As they prepare to face the James Madison, the Mountaineers’ offense is averaging 184.7 rushing yards per game and 4 yards per attempt. Nationally, they are 33rd in rushing yards and 32nd in passing yards, on an average of 273 yards per matchup. Appalachian State has averaged 34.8 points per game so far. This figure places them 21st in the nation.

The Mountaineers’ defense has given up 189.5 rushing yards per game this season, which is 62nd. Opponents are recording an average of 201.2 passing yards, and opposing quarterbacks come in with a passer rating of 76.7 when playing against Appalachian State. In terms of points allowed, they currently sit 45th in NCAA rankings.

Will James Madison Make it Happen at Home?

James Madison is heading into this week’s game with a record of 10-0. Over the course of this season, they’ve played five road games and four home games.

James Madison has gone into seven games as the favorite this season and two games as the underdog. Their ATS record is currently 7-2.

Heading into this week’s game, James Madison’s over/under record is 6-3. Their average margin against their over/under lines is currently +4.2 with their games averaging 52.5 points per game.

James Madison’s offense has put up an average of 34.3 points per game, placing them 22nd in the NCAA rankings. Through the air, they’ve gained 283.2 passing yards on average, ranking 25th in the nation. On the ground, they’re holding the 76th position in rushing yards, with 354 rushing attempts per game this season.

The Dukes’ defense has given up 61.6 rushing yards per game this season, which is 208th. Opponents are recording an average of 263.3 passing yards, and opposing quarterbacks come in with a passer rating of 80.1 when playing against James Madison. In terms of points allowed, they currently sit 87th in NCAA rankings.