Free Week 9 Prediction: Jaguars vs. Eagles Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 9
(3-2) South Alabama Jaguars vs. Georgia Southern Eagles (3-2)
Date: Thursday, October 29th, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: Allen E. Paulson Stadium in Statesboro, Georgia
NCAA Football Spread: Georgia Southern -3.5
NCAA Betting Total: O/U 52.5
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We got a Sunbelt conference battle on our hands as the South Alabama Jaguars will travel to Allen E. Paulson Stadium to take on the Georgia Southern Eagles at home.
South Alabama Jaguars
The Jaguars are coming off a win against UL Monroe 38-14 and will now be on the road for the second time this season to take on the Eagles. South Alabama will be looking for its third consecutive win this season and second-ever three-game winning streak in program history.
Just like Arkansas State, Jason Cambell has implemented a two-quarterback system at South Alabama. Desmond Trotter and Chance Lovertich have both had their fair share under center this season. Trotter has been the much better passing QB between the two as he has thrown for 744 yards and six touchdowns, compared to Lovertich’s 604 yards and five touchdowns. The two-quarterback scheme is a new strategy that is making waves in college football, and it has been successful so far in such a small sample size.
South Alabama has a threatening receiving core led by Jalen Tolbert. The junior wideout has 486 receiving yards and should be in for another big game against a dull pass defense.
Defensively, the Jaguars have been much better than seasons past and are giving up an average of 24.8 points a game which is good for 34th in the FBS. The South Alabama defensive unit is led by JR linebacker Nick Mosely. He leads the team in tackles with 46 on the season and nine more tackles than any other play on the team.
Georgia Southern Eagles
Georgia Southern should be glad to be back at home after having three conference games on the road and two of them were against top 25 opponents. The Eagles are coming off a two-score loss against Coastal Carolina 28-14, who currently sits atop of the Sunbelt Conference.
The Eagles are much different than their opponents as they run the triple option. Senior QB Shai Watts should be good to go in this game after suffering an injury against Coastal his last time out. The mobile quarterback has tallied 558 passing yards to go with a 5:3 TD to INT ratio and has added 334 yards on the ground.
Chad Lunsford’s defense has been great to start the season and even held a Umass team zero points in a contest earlier this season. Even though Umass stinks offensively it’s pretty hard to shut out any FBS team. They have especially succeeded with a rush defense that ranks 30th, and while the pass defense is 50th. As a team, they are allowing an average of 20.8 points, positioning them 22nd in the FBS.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Georgia Southern is 6-0 SU in their last 6 games at home.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Georgia Southern’s last 5 games this season.
- The total has gone OVER in 11 of Georgia Southern’s last 16 games against an opponent in the Sun Belt Conference.
- Georgia Southern is 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Georgia Southern’s last 7 games.
- South Alabama is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of South Alabama’s last 5 games.
- South Alabama is 4-11 SU in their last 15 games.
- South Alabama is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against Georgia Southern.
Free Week 9 NCAA Football Pick:
I think Georgia Southern is the right play in this game. Too many people believe in this South Alabama team after they have played a couple of mediocre opponents to begin the season. The toughest game on their schedule was their opener against USM and the Golden Eagles were dealing with a bunch of COVID issues at the time. Georgia Southern has had its fair share of COVID issues, but they are trending in the right direction since they have returned home to Statesboro. Over the last three games between these two opponents, the Jaguars have averaged just 10 points per game and the Eagles have averaged 37.83 points. I’m going to ride with the senior QB and the points with Georgia Southern as he has had Jaguars number in the past.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Georgia Southern -3.5
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