The South Alabama Jaguars (6-6) face off against the Eastern Michigan Eagles (6-6) on Saturday, December 23rd. This game will be played at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile and televised on ESPN. Eastern Michigan is coming off a win in their previous game, while South Alabama is looking to get back on track from a loss to the Texas State. Kickoff is set for 7:00 ET.
South Alabama Jaguars vs Eastern Michigan Eagles
The South Alabama Jaguars Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Even with a 24-14 lead going into the fourth quarter, South Alabama lost their most recent game against Texas State by a score of 52-44. In the loss vs. Texas State, quarterback Desmond Trotter finished with a QB rating of 129.27 while completing 18 of 21 passes for 216 yards. He also ended the game with four touchdowns.
Going into the game, South Alabama was favored by 6, giving them an ATS loss. On the over/under, the team’s combined for 96 which surpassed the betting line of 58 points.
With a 6-6 record, the South Alabama Jaguars take on Eastern Michigan. Their road record so far is (2-4) and at home (3-2).
South Alabama’s average scoring differential for the season is +9 leading to an ATS mark of 4-7. The Jaguars have been favored eight times and the underdog in three games This season, South Alabama holds an over/under record of 6-5. On average, their games have produced a combined total of 52.8 points, with the typical over/under line set at 50.4 points.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles Are Coming Off A Win
The Eagles’ last game was a matchup vs. Buffalo, ending in a 24-11 win for Eastern Michigan. In Eastern Michigan’s win over Buffalo, quarterback Austin Smith had one touchdown through the air and added one touchdown on the ground. Throughout the game, he threw for a total of 141 yards while achieving a completion rate of 70.4%.
Going into the game, the over/under line was 37 points, which the teams did not surpass. Against the spread, Eastern Michigan picked up a win as 6-point underdogs.
This season, the Eastern Michigan Eagles are currently 6-6. So far this season, they have played five road games and four at home.
Eastern Michigan’s average scoring differential for the season is -3.7 leading to an ATS mark of 6-3. The Eagles have been favored three times and the underdog in six games Eastern Michigan has an over/under record of 4-5 so far this season. On average their games have combined for 44.3 points with the average over/under line being 44.2 points.
South Alabama Offense Breakdown
As they prepare to face the Eastern Michigan, the Jaguars’ offense is averaging 160.4 rushing yards per game and 4 yards per attempt. Nationally, they are 65th in rushing yards and 37th in passing yards, on an average of 264.9 yards per matchup. South Alabama has averaged 30.9 points per game so far. This figure places them 43rd in the nation.
Carter Bradley is the team’s leading passer this season, racking up 2660 yards while averaging 12 per completion. His completion rate for the year stands at 67.8%, with 19 touchdowns.
Eastern Michigan Offense Breakdown
Eastern Michigan’s rushing attack is ranked 74th in college football with 390 rushing attempts per game. This has translated into an average of 116.6 rushing yards per game, placing them 108th nationally. On average, they are attempting 27.3 passes per game leading to 158.6 passing yards per contest. In terms of scoring, they hold the 89th position, averaging 20.3 points per game.
Austin Smith, the team’s top passer, has thrown for 1775 yards with a completion rate of 57.4%. His current average yards per pass attempt is 6.
South Alabama Team Defense
This season, the Jaguars’ defense has allowed 117.8 rushing yards per contest, placing them 178th. Opponents are averaging 209.7 passing yards, and opposing quarterbacks hold a passer rating of 91 when facing South Alabama. They currently hold the 77th spot in NCAA points allowed.
Eastern Michigan Team Defense
Defensively, the Eagles defense has come up with 21 sacks this season and are 1st in quarterback hurries. Overall, they are allowing 24 points per contest (88th). Against the pass, they are 57th in the NCAA, having allowed 205.2 passing yards allowed per game. Eastern Michigan is giving up 178.9 rushing yards per contest.
South Alabama vs Eastern Michigan Trends
- Looking at South Alabama’s three most recent road games, they have put together a record vs. the spread of 1-2.
- At home, Eastern Michigan has gone 7-2-1 against the spread (last ten).
- Eastern Michigan’s ATS record in their ten most recent games as the underdog is 7-3.
- Overall, South Alabama is 3-7 in their last ten games as the favorite.
All in all, South Alabama’s passing attack should build off last week’s good performance against Texas State. Meanwhile, being favored by 15 on the road, I’m liking South Alabama to cover.
South Alabama’s games this season have produced an average of 52.8 points. With the over/under line set at 47.5, I’m opting for the over.
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