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6:15 PM EST. We absolutely like the direction the Bulldogs are headed in the Kirby Smart era but this roster is still two good recruiting classes away from quality depth and competition at every position. Georgia returns a high number of starters but they are also a lot of players being molded into new roles, which in itself can be somewhat transitional. All told, it would be unreasonable to expect the Dawgs to be one of those teams that looks in midseason form right out of the gate but they’re priced like it here. They’ll now face a team that can go anyplace in America and compete, not look out of place or not be intimidated by the setting.
Appalachian State is a fully-seasoned, veteran group that knows exactly who it is, free of any glaring weaknesses. This year's Mountaineers are the product of five years of building under Scott Satterfield since transitioning to the FBS level and their 20-scholarship increase in recruiting. App State took Tennessee to overtime to open last year, and now, past lessons in hand, gets a second chance at a regional blueblood. The Mountaineers are coming with purpose and belief and they will probably take every ounce of Georgia's A-game to get past them. Any signs of Georgia players letting their minds wander away from respecting the task at hand will point to getting serious about backing the 'dog to win outright. Don’t be surprised if that happens and don’t be afraid to put App State in a couple of money-line parlays either. Georgia's Week 2 road game at Notre Dame figures to be on their minds too, Take these generous points and expect to cash this ticket.
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#191 App State +14 -110 (Risking 2.2 units - To Win: 2.00)