College football: App State game slated for ESPN Friday night – Reuters

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College football: App State game scheduled for ESPN Friday night

Posted at 9:54 p.m. on Monday, November 30, 2020

Appalachian State University quarterback Zac Thomas (12) is transferring. (Photo courtesy of ASU Athletics)

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BOONE, NC — Friday’s Sun Belt conference showdown between App State (7-2, 5-1 SBC) and No. 20 Louisiana (8-1, 6-1) was picked up by ESPN and will take a new kick-off time of 8:30 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

The rematch of last year’s Sun Belt Championship opponents was originally scheduled for Oct. 7 before being moved to Dec. 4 (with a 7 p.m. kickoff previously scheduled on ESPN2).

This will be App State’s third game of the season on mainline ESPN, a school record, and it will be the school’s seventh regular season nationally televised appearance. Last year, while going 13-1, App State set school records with five regular season national television appearances and seven overall.

The Mountaineers are 35-10 all-time in games on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU, including a 4-1 record this year.

Scheduled to be App State’s final home game of the season, this year’s senior class will be recognized before kickoff.

This week’s game is believed to be the last kick-off time in Kidd Brewer Stadium history and only the second home game after Thanksgiving in Boone with a kick-off time of 8 p.m. or later . On December 7, 2007, with a Friday night kickoff at 8 p.m., App State won 55-35 over Richmond in the FCS semifinals as Armanti Edwards rushed for 313 yards with an indicated temperature of 42 degrees.

The current forecast for Friday evening calls for a low of 29 degrees and possible snow showers.

No. 20 Louisiana, which won the Sun Belt West Division for the third straight year, represents the second nationally ranked opponent for App State this year. It’s the first time the Mountaineers will host a top-25 Sun Belt team, and it’s the first year App State has faced multiple (at time of game) FBS ranked opponents since 2016.

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