With its fourth-consecutive Southern Conference championship and NCAA Division I Football Championship appearance already locked up, No. 2 Appalachian State University (9-2, 7-0 SoCon) sets its sights on a perfect conference season when it travels to face archrival Western Carolina (3-8, 1-6 SoCon) on Saturday. The “Battle for the Old Mountain Jug” kicks off at 3 p.m. and will be televised live across the Southeast on SportSouth.
Saturday’s meeting is the 73rd between the mountain rivals. Appalachian has met Western Carolina on the gridiron more than any other opponent. The schools, which are separated by just 133 miles, have squared off every year since 1932, with the exception of four years during World War II (1942-45).
NOTING SATURDAY'S MATCHUP:
• Saturday’s meeting is the 73rd between the mountain rivals. Appalachian has met Western Carolina on the gridiron more than any other opponent. The schools, which are separated by just 133 miles, have squared off every year since 1932, with the exception of four years during World War II (1942-45).
• The Mountaineers hold a whopping 53-18-1 lead in the all-time series
with the Catamounts, including a 25-7 advantage since the inception of
the Old Mountain Jug in 1976.
• ASU has won 21 of the past 23 games versus WCU.
• The Apps’ 79 points and 743 yards in last year’s 79-35 rout over the Catamounts were both the second-highest totals in school history, behind only the 788 yards and 115 points amassed in a shutout win over Piedmont in 1936.
• Last Saturday, ASU secured at least a share of its fourth-straight SoCon championship and earned the league’s automatic postseason bid with a 24-16 win over No. 11 Elon.
• A win on Saturday would give the Mountaineers the conference title outright. A loss combined with a Wofford win over Furman would force the Apps to share the title with the Terriers for the second year in a row.
• Appalachian is a win away from its second undefeated, untied conference campaign in three years but only the fourth in ASU’s 37 seasons in the SoCon.
• Saturday's appearance on SportSouth's "SoCon Saturday" Game of the Week marks Appalachian's sixth televised game this season.
• Injuries may play a big part in Saturday’s game. ASU quarterback Armanti Edwards (hip/knee) and running back Devin Radford (knee) are both listed as questionable while running back Robert Welton (shoulder) and defensive back Leonard Love (ankle) are probable. Western Carolina, may be without its top rushing threat (Quan Warley) and two of its top three receivers (Marquel Pittman and Donald James). WCU head coach Dennis Wagner characterized all three as doubtful for this weekend’s showdown.
For more on Saturday's game, including links to live audio and stats,
stadium information, both teams' rosters, statistics and
game notes and much more, visit GoASU.com's Gameday Central page.