The Matchup: App State vs. The Citadel

Andrew Clausen

How App State Can Win:

The Mountaineers are coming off a disappointing loss to Charleston Southern at home and should be ready to get a win. Unfortunately, that means going into Charleston, S.C., to get the win against The Citadel.

The game plan has to be simple for App State. They have to get stops. They can’t let their defensive set out there for three quarters of the game and expect to win.

The Mountaineers offense is looking better and better with each week, but if they don’t get out on the field, there’s very little that anyone can expect.

How The Citadel Can Win:

The Bulldogs run a very similar offensive scheme to Charleston Southern, which bodes well for them.

They need to take advantage of the weak run defense and will need to have a grind-out game. If they try to live by the air, App State will be able to shut that down fairly quickly, allowing the Mountaineers to attack.

But a complete ground attack seems to be an effective way to beat the Mountaineers, and the Bulldogs will need it if they hope to get back on track this season.

The Bottom Line:

Basically, if App State can stop the run and get their defense off the field and their offense into a rhythm, they will have a decent chance at beating a struggling club.

They will have to play a lot better than they did against Charleston Southern in order to get the win and avoid starting 1-4 for the first time since 1993.

Also, it’s been nine years since App State has lost to a team with a losing record. The Citadel will need a season-best effort if they hope to win and to avoid falling to 1-5.

FINAL SCORE: 24-17 App State

Story: Andrew Clausen, Sports Editor