South Alabama at Southern Miss - 9/3/20 College Football Picks and Prediction

South Alabama at Southern Miss - 9/3/20 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

South Alabama Jaguars (0-0) at Southern Miss Golden Eagles (0-0)

College Football: Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Carlisle-Faulkner Field at M.M. Roberts Stadium)

The Line: Southern Miss Golden Eagles -14 -- Over/Under: 50 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Southern Miss Golden Eagles and South Alabama Jaguars face off on Thursday night in their first college football game of the season at M.M Roberts Stadium. This is the first meeting every between the two teams. 

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles found success again last season finishing with a 7-6 record but they did end their season on a sour note losing 30-13 to the Tulane Green Wave in the Armed Forces Bowl. The good news heading into this season is that they will be getting starting quarterback Jack Abraham back under center, and he was impressive during the 2019 season. During the 2019 season, Abraham threw for 3,496 yards, 19 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. If he can keep the interceptions down in this game, the Golden Ealges could be in very good shape to come away with a big victory. One of the big losses from last years team for the Southern Miss is wide receiver Quez Watkins who was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. Tim Jones, Jaylond Adams, and others will need to step up if they want to have another successful year. On defense the Golden Eagles could use some improvements after giving up 26.2 points per game last season.

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The South Alabama Jaguars really struggled last season finishing with a 2-10 record last season and only one of those wins came during Sun Belt Conference Play. One of the big reasons for the struggles last season was they were starting freshman quarterback Desmond Trotter who had a lot of ups and downs, something that isn’t all that unexpected when someone that young is starting under center. Last season Trotter finished the season throwing for 1,900 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. For most of the season last year the Jaguars offense was a big problem, but the last game of the season against Arkansas State, they were able to come away with a 34-30 victory. There was a six game stretch last season that South Alabama didn’t score more than 17 points. On defense the Jaguars hope there is also some improvement. In 10 of the 12 games last season South Alabama gave up at least 30 points. 

The under is 7-3 in South Alabama’s last 10 games overall. South Alabama is 11-23 against the spread in their last 34 road games. The over is 6-2 in Southern Miss’s last eight games played on Thursday. 

Trotter is going to be better this season for South Alabama, but the Jaguars are still very much outmatched in this game. Look for Southern Miss’s offense to attack a South Alabama defense that still a problem, and that will lead to the Golden Eagles winning the game and covering the spread.

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Shane’s Pick Southern Miss -14

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