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Southern Miss Looking for Revenge over South Alabama

The South Alabama Jaguars will play host to the Southern Miss Golden Eagles to begin the 2021 season. The Jaguars upset the Golden Eagles to begin the 2020 slate.

Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday at 8 p.m. ET from Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Al. College football odds on BetUS Sportsbook have South Alabama as a one-point favorite, and the over/under has been set at 57 points.

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The 2020 Contest

South Alabama had not won a road game since 2017 before last year’s season opener against Southern Mississippi. However, the team marched into Mississippi and dominated the Golden Eagles, 32-21.

This win snapped a 15-game road losing streak, and they finished the season with a 4-7 record. Desmond Trotter threw for just under 300 yards, and Jalen Tolbert had 169 yards receiving with two touchdowns.

Both players will be back for the Jaguars but Trotter will not start at quarterback. The Associated Press highlighted the win last season. The AP wrote, “Southern Miss pulled to 29-21 with under six minutes to play, but South Alabama sealed it with an eight-play, 59-yard drive ending in a 34-yard field goal by Diego Guajardo.

This should factor into your college football picks because the momentum is with South Alabama at home. The Jaguars believe they can win, which is a dangerous quality for a team held down for years.

Does Southern Miss Bounce Back?

Southern Miss had a year to forget in 2021. The Golden Eagles finished in second to last place in Conference USA with a 3-7 record. They were inconsistent at home and on the road during the season.

However, a new era of Golden Eagles football is beginning with head coach Will Hall taking over the program. The offense is going to be hard to stop because of QB Trey Lowe who the offense is built around. He can do everything in the pocket and use his legs to win games.

The concerning part about Southern Miss is the defense, which is expected to struggle in 2021. The offense could be a juggernaut, but the odds of them dominating in every contest are slim to none.

Why South Alabama Will Win

This is a game South Alabama will win. The program also has a new head coach in Kane Wommack. However, the defense will be strong, and the offense is poised for a big year.

Jake Bentley will be the quarterback for South Alabama. He started his collegiate career at South Carolina before transferring to Utah and now South Alabama. The quarterback has all the intangibles to be successful. Additionally, he will be throwing to the best receiving corps in the Sun Belt Conference.

Bentley has been a journeyman, but the news out of South Alabama’s camp is that he is thriving with his team. If his offensive line can protect him, Bentley will light up the scoreboard.

South Alabama is at home, and they have a stronger roster. If you are going to bet online, lock up South Alabama at -1. This bet has excellent value on BetUS Sportsbook.

Pick: South Alabama Jaguars -1 (-110)

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