Free Week 1 Prediction: Jaguars vs Bulldogs Odds
Looking for South Alabama Jaguars vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs free picks? Week 1 College football betting sees the Jaguars taking on the Bulldogs Saturday September 3rd at Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, Mississippi. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
South Alabama Jaguars (0-0) vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 3rd
Time: Noon EST
Venue: Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, Mississippi
NCAA Football Spread: Miss. St. -28
NCAA Betting Total: 54.5
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The South Alabama Jaguars from the Sun Belt Conference and the Mississippi State Bulldogs from the vaunted SEC will get their campaigns kicked off on Saturday afternoon in Dixieland, with the Jaguars just hoping to avoid embarrassment from their far superior SEC opponent.
The game should be little more than a practice at game speed for the Bulldogs, who have a murderous schedule on tap later in the season.
Coach Dan Mullen will have his players using this opening contest as a tune-up game; though MSU is not expected to take the SEC West division by storm in 2016, Mullen has a tendency to get the most out of his football teams.
South Alabama Jaguars
South Alabama is still getting broken into the Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Well, actually, the Jags have been in the Sun Belt now since 2012. If that’s not it, they’d love to use that as an excuse.
USA hasn’t won more than six games since making the leap up to the next echelon of NCAA football, and they could flirt with bowl eligibility, at best, this year.
The win column won’t be filled in Week 1, however.
To stay in the mix on Saturday, South Alabama must get a big day from athletic TE Gerald Everett, who is a threat in the passing game.
The Jags also have some stout defenders, primarily CB Jeremy Reaves and LB/DE ‘tweener Roman Buchanan.
These guys are proficient in the Sun Belt, but they’ll be truly challenged trying to stymie the SEC athletes in foreign territory.
Mississippi State Bulldogs
There’s been a true renaissance for college football across the state of Mississippi recently, with Ole Miss rising to prominence in the SEC alongside consistently steady performances from the smaller, and financially more strapped, MSU Bulldogs.
Bulldogs starting QB Nick Fitzgerald should see success delivering the ball to senior WR Fred Ross in Week 1; Reaves will likely cover Ross, but the senior receiver that cracked 1,000 receiving yards in 2015 should still find daylight.
State’s defense should feast on an inferior USA offensive line, look for a player like LB RIchie Brown to be ripping around from sideline to sideline and being disruptive.
The Bulldogs won their last game against the Jaguars by a score of 35-3. In the last meeting, it was the first home sellout in South Alabama history, in Mobile, Alabama.
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- Bulldogs are 9-5 in home openers, but only 3-5 versus FBS opponents.
- MSU outgained USA by 130 yards at halftime in these two teams’ last meeting (2014).
- The Jaguars defense allowed 37.3 PPG in the Sun Belt Conference last year.
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The Bulldogs will be just too fast for the Jaguars to keep pace.
The aforementioned college football success with the Mississippi schools is due to excellent recruiting; the Bulldogs have recruited slick athletes to populate their roster, which South Alabama will discover first-hand on Saturday in Starkville.
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It is surely always exciting, for the Jaguars to travel to a major SEC venue to take on a top-tier football program in the nation; the Jags also have a game later in the season at LSU.
As such, South Alabama will be exposed as being out of its depth. Jaguars coach Joey Jones guided the team to just one win shy of a bowl appearance in 2015; they might make a bowl this time around, but the Week 1 outcome won’t help the Jaguars’ cause.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Miss. St. 42 – South Alabama 12
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