Southern Miss at South Alabama: 9/4/21 College Football Picks and Predictions
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South Alabama Jaguars (0-0) vs Southern Miss Golden Eagles (0-0)
Game Info: Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Hancock Whitney Stadium)
Betting Odds: South Alabama Jaguars -1 -- Over/Under: 52.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles and South Alabama Jaguars face off on Saturday in a Week 1 College Football showdown at Hancock Whitney Stadium. When these two teams faced off in September of 2020 South Alabama came away with the 32-21 victory.
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles can’t have a good taste in their mouth after finishing with a 3-7 record during the 2020 season. Southern Miss lost a lot of players during the offseason including two quarterbacks. Southern MIss will probably use two quarterbacks in this game with Trey Lowe and Tee Webb both expected to play. The two quarterbacks combined to throw for almost 900 yards on the season. Southern Miss last season averaged 25.3 points per game while their defense gave up 32.3 points per game. Last year the offense could only manage 21 points against Southern MIss and they need to find a way to have more success on that side of the ball.
On the other side of this matchup is the South Alabama Jaguars who finished last year with a 4-7 record. Super Senior Jake Bentley transferred to South Alabama during the offseason after playing at South Carolina. During the 2020 season, Bentley threw for 882 yards, six touchdowns, and six interceptions. Bentley has plenty of targets out wide led by Jalen Tolbert and Cade Sutherland. On defense last season, South Alabama gave up only 27.3 points per game. If the defense can step up in this game, Bentley should be able to lead the Jaguars to a victory.
Southern Miss is 0-5 against the spread in their last five games played in September. South Alabama is 7-3 against the spread in their last ten home games. The under is 6-1 in Southern Miss’s last seven road games. The under is 4-0 in South Alabama’s last four home games.
South Alabama is the better team and they got better this offseason with Bentley coming in. I expect Bentley is going to attack the Southern Miss defense and find success. Look for South Alabama to cover the spread.