3. Appalachian State on the national stage
While Utah State and North Texas have a ton of head coaching storylines to follow in the New Mexico Bowl, there won’t be quite as much between the Appalachian State Mountaineers and the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders in the R+L Carries New Orleans Bowl. Utah State already lost its head coach, and replaced him, and North Texas has a highly sought after coach of its own.
Some of the top college football programs in the nation that will be faced with coaching vacancies should look the way of North Texas head coach Seth Littrell. The fact that Littrell hasn’t been hired by anyone else yet is somewhat dumbfounding. Power Five programs like the North Carolina Tar Heels, Kansas State Wildcats, and/or Louisville Cardinals would’ve been smart to bring Littrell aboard.
However, Louisville already hired a head coach of its own from the Group of Five ranks with his team in action on Dec. 15. Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield will be the next head Louisville football coach, after the Cardinals let Bobby Petrino go amid a horrible regular season result and a whiff at hiring Purdue’s Jeff Brohm.
Appalachian State is a fun team to watch this year, as it won the Sun Belt over the Georgia Southern Eagles. It features a talented quarterback in sophomore Zach Thomas. There will also be a number of returning players for Appalachian State looking to prove something with newly hired head coach Eli Drinkwitz watching. Satterfield won’t coach this game for Appalachian State. Instead, defensive line coach Mark Ivey will be the interim in the New Orleans Bowl.