WKU at South Alabama - 12/21/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

South Alabama Jaguars (10-2) vs WKU Hilltoppers (8-5)

Game Info: Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Caesars Superdome)

Betting Odds: South Alabama Jaguars -4.5 -- Over/Under: 55.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The South Alabama Jaguars will play the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Wednesday night in the college football R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The South Alabama Jaguars are 10-2 this season after they defeated Old Dominion by a score of 27-20 in their last game. South Alabama gained 398 total yards, went 9-17 on third down attempts, and 3-3 on fourth down attempts in the win. South Alabama has won five games in a row and eight of their last nine games. The South Alabama offense is averaging 31.9 points per game with 258.6 passing yards per game and 166.1 rushing yards per game. Carter Bradley has thrown for 2,976 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions for the Jaguars this season. La’Damian Webb has rushed for 1,014 yards and 13 scores, while Jalen Wayne has caught 56 passes for 795 yards and nine touchdowns for South Alabama. The South Alabama defense is giving up 19.4 points per game and 304.5 yards per game.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 8-5 this season after they defeated FAU in overtime by a score of 32-31 in their last game. Western Kentucky gained 571 total yards and turned the ball over two times in the win. Western Kentucky has won three of their last four games and five of their last seven games. The Western Kentucky offense is averaging 35.8 points per game with 339 passing yards per game and 144.3 rushing yards per game. Austin Reed has thrown for 4,247 yards, 36 touchdown, and 10 interceptions for the Hilltoppers this season. Kye Robichaux has rushed for 496 yards and three touchdowns, while Malachi Corley has caught 90 passes for 1,179 yards and nine scores for WKU. The Western Kentucky defense is allowing 23.5 points per game and 381.1 yards per game.

Western Kentucky is 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games on turf and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games. The over is 9-2 in Western Kentucky’s last 11 non-conference games. South Alabama is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games. The over is 3-0-1 in South Alabama’s last 4 games.

South Alabama has had a great season and is looking for their 11th win here, while Western Kentucky has won three of their last four games. Western Kentucky has the more explosive offense, but South Alabama has allowed fewer points per game. Austin Reed, quarterback for WKU, entered the transfer portal, but decided to return for another year at Western Kentucky. He has been dynamic for the Hilltoppers and as long as he plays, I like Western Kentucky to win.

David’s Pick Western Kentucky +4.5

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