App State heads to Lil Sammy for only the second SoCon – and third overall – road game of the season. The dogs are coming off a win over The Citadel, and have one loss on the season, to Stink. The good guys have a three-game win streak going on. Here are four downs.
First Down. You are what you beat.
App State has yet to beat a team with a winning record. Montana is currently an even 3-3, while the last three victories came against two-win teams. Even odder, not one of the six teams App State has played is over .500. ECU and The Citadel are both an even 3-3. Lil Sammy is currently 5-1, its best start to a season since 1992.
Second Down. Dog eat dog world.
Lil Sammy, though, has played a pretty soft schedule. The only quality(?) win was in the season opener over a Furman team now 2-4. The rest of the wins came against West Alabama (DII), winless Gardner-Webb (0-5), the ‘Whee (self-explanatory), and The Citadel (which has lost three straight). The dogs did have a 10-7 lead against The Stink, but eventually got pounded 35-16.
Third Down. Injuries taking toll.
Two more Mountaineer starters are gone for awhile. Deuce Robinson, a sophomore who starts at bandit on defense, will miss two to five weeks after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. O-lineman Alex Acey is out six to eight weeks with right foot injury. Andrew Peacock was actually doubtful for the Elon game due to a hip injury.
Fourth Down. Another one wants App to bite their dust.
For the second straight week, App State plays a foe it’s perfect against in SoCon play. Lil Sammy joined the league in 2008, and is a big 0-fer-4 against the Mountaineers, the only team it has yet to beat. That’s right, Lil Sammy owns wins against Wofford (’09), Stiink (’09), ‘Nooga (’08), Swag (’11) and the rest of the conference not located in Boone.