There should really be no question as to whether or not Appalachian will win this game. In an almost reverse of last week’s game, the Mountaineers have too much talent for Jacksonville to compete. I fully expect this game to be a rout by halftime.
The real challenge will be picking up the players after what had to be a disheartening performance in Baton Rouge. Granted, we did play much better in the second half. Hopefully, our coaches and players have kept their heads up this week and realized that the season really starts on Saturday.
On a different note, I really hope that our fan base hasn’t taken the LSU loss too hard and would rather us stop scheduling FBS teams. I think the ability of our athletic department to schedule games with schools such as LSU, Michigan, Georgia, Virginia Tech and Florida is a benefit to our players. It certainly is a positive for recruiting. If a coach is recruiting a kid who is seriously considering the FCS level and he can tell that young player that in his four years, he’ll have the opportunity to play a game at some of the schools I just mentioned versus another FCS school that won’t schedule such games, I would think the kid would take us. Secondly, what better way to blood young players than against the very best the nation has to offer. If a player can hold his own against the defending BCS national champion, then who could he possibly fear at the FCS level? I hope we continue to schedule these games (and not just for the financial benefit).
Saturday Prediction: App 48, Jacksonville 3.