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College Football Week 4 Odds, Picks & Prediction: James Madison vs. Appalachian State (2022)

by September 23, 2022
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Let’s take a look at the College Football Week 4 odds, picks, and predictions for this week’s game: James Madison vs. Appalachian State.

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College Football Week 4 Odds, Picks & Prediction: James Madison vs. Appalachian State

What an emotional three weeks for App State. First came a crazy finish against in-state rival UNC. In the following week, they pulled a top-10 upset over Texas A&M. And then last week, they managed a miraculous last-second touchdown to beat division rival Troy. Next up on the schedule is former FCS powerhouse James Madison.

Often it takes programs a few years to really transition to the FBS level. Admittedly, I thought James Madison was destined to struggle in 2022 but the early returns show that lean was way off. The Dukes dominated MTSU in Week 1, then took care of business against FCS Norfolk State. James Madison has dominated on both sides of the ball out-gaining their opponents 1,010 yards to 331 in their two contests. Analytic rankings such as SP+ and FEI haven’t been able to properly rate James Madison due to preseason ratings being skewed by the move from FCS. Yet, the in-season data like EPA per play indicate this offense and defense are for real.

The Dukes are closer to App State than the betting market implies. This is a solid FBS offense and defense. They are more than capable to going into Boone, NC and pulling off the upset. The magic of App State is due to run out and a James Madison team with a championship pedigree will not be intimidated by the moment.

Pick: James Madison ML (+225)

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