The Appalachian State Mountaineers and the Charlotte 49ers will face off at noon ET Sept. 12 at Kidd Brewer Stadium to kick off their 2020 seasons. The Mountaineers ended up 13-1 last season and capped things off with a win over the UAB Blazers in the New Orleans Bowl, so they are on the hunt for another strong season. While Charlotte was not exactly top dog last year, they did wrap up the year with a winning record of 7-6.
A couple numbers to keep in mind before kickoff: Appalachian State was seventh best in the nation in overall offensive touchdowns, finishing the 2019 season with 65. Less enviably, the 49ers were 15th worst when it came to touchdowns allowed last year, with the team giving up 50 overall (bottom 89%). The good news for Charlotte, of course, is that these forces working against them might not carry over into the new season.
Appalachian State has the odds in their favor, so they’ll need to guard against complacency. These early season matchups can go either way as both teams get back into playing shape.