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App State Sets Program for Voting Points in Coaches Poll (2018-09-30 23:08:17)

BOONE, N.C. — With a program-record 34 voting points, Appalachian State Football is unofficially No. 32 in this week's Amway Coaches Poll.

After opening the season with an overtime loss at Penn State, which is ranked 11th after suffering its first loss to No. 3 Ohio State, the Mountaineers have outscored their last three opponents 169-23. They led 42-7 at halftime of a 52-7 win against South Alabama in their Sun Belt Conference opener Saturday.
 
In the S&P+ rankings that use advanced analytics, App State climbed to No. 16 after being No. 20 a week ago. It has scored at least 45 points in three straight games for the first time in program history and given up single-digit points in three straight games for the first time since 1998. 
 
Of the 10 primary offensive and defensive team categories, the Mountaineers lead the Sun Belt in six of them and are second in the other four. App State is first in scoring offense (third nationally at 51.8), scoring defense (18thnationally at 17.0), total offense (11th nationally at 523.5), total defense (eighth nationally at 276.3), rushing defense and passing efficiency defense.
 
Appalachian has accomplished all of that with the third-youngest roster in the country, based on the percentage of underclassmen.
 
"We talk about our preparation all the time, and if our preparation is where it needs to be, then we'll come out and play a competitive football game," App State head coach Scott Satterfield said after Saturday's game. "That's what we've been doing this year, and we've got to continue to do that.

"We have some really good leaders on this football team. There's a lot of talk about how young we are, but we have some good leaders that bring these young guys along. These young guys are being led and allowing it to happen. When you have that buy-in, then you can have a special team."

COACHES POLL

1. Alabama
2. Georgia
3. Ohio State
4. Clemson
5. Oklahoma
6. LSU
7. Notre Dame
8. West Virginia
9. Auburn
10. Washington
11. Penn State
12. Wisconsin
13. UCF
14. Stanford
15. Kentucky
16. Michigan
17. Miami (FL)
18. Oregon
19. Michigan State
20. Texas
21. Oklahoma State
22. Colorado
23. Virginia Tech
24. Boise State
25. North Carolina State

Others Receiving Votes: South Florida (4-0) 109; Florida (4-1) 105; Syracuse (4-1) 48; Washington State (4-1) 43; Cincinnati (5-0) 42; TCU (3-2) 40; Appalachian State (3-1) 34; Texas A&M (3-2) 31; Iowa (3-1) 23; Missouri (3-1) 21; Maryland (3-1) 14; Mississippi State (3-2) 13; USC (3-2) 10; Boston College (4-1) 9; San Diego State (3-1) 9; Arizona State (3-2) 8; South Carolina (2-2) 6; Duke (4-1) 5; California (3-1) 5; Troy (4-1) 5; BYU (3-2) 4; Army West Point (3-2) 4; Louisiana Tech (3-1) 2; Fresno State (3-1) 1



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