It’s time to put the Appalachian State Mountaineers in the AP and Coaches’ polls. Actually, it’s way overdue. App St has only lost one game this year, and they took currently number eight Penn State into overtime. It’s also the only time their defense has given up more than nine points. All they’ve done since that one loss on September 1st is steam roll opponents by an average of over 42 points per game.
Some may say their schedule is too weak. I’ll tell those people to look at Alabama’s schedule. Alabama has a weak schedule. In fact, it’s the weakest of the top three teams in the country. It includes a Louisville team that is not the same without former Heisman winner Lamar Jackson and The Citadel in the second-to-last week of the season when teams from other conferences will be playing conference games.
Both teams beat Arkansas St. App St won that game by 24 points. The Mountaineers face Louisiana next week and should have no trouble doing exactly what Alabama did when they faced them.
Let me break it down for you. App St quarterback Zac Thomas is the real deal. He will be in the NFL in a couple of years. Thomas, through the first five games of the season, is completing 62.5% of his passes and has thrown for over 1,000 yards. He also has thrown 10 touchdowns and only three interceptions.
I saw Thomas in person against Penn State, and nothing scares him. He will stand in the pocket and make the throw every time. Also, he has the ability to run and gain a chunk of yards if the play breaks down.
App St has one of the best defenses in the entire FBS. This includes the ranked teams. Only three of the top 12 teams give up less yards per game than App St. The Mountaineers are ranked seventh in yards per game. Alabama is way down the list at 25.
Poll committees, it’s time to rank Appalachian State. I don’t care where they end up as long as they’re in the top 25. They’ve earned it. Now, let them keep it.
Final Note: Teams ranked in the top 10 should never play App St on September 1st. Just ask Michigan.