Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs South Alabama Jaguars Prediction, Picks and Game Preview - 09/24/2022

by Rod Pearson

Game Time: 7:00 pm ET, Saturday, September 24, 2022
Venue:  Hancock Whitney Stadium, Mobile, AL
Where to Watch:  ESPN+

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  LA Tech +13.5, USA -13.5; Over/Under:  60 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  LA Tech +13, USA -13; Over/Under:  60 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  LA Tech +13.5, USA -13.5; Over/Under:  59.5 points
 

Season Record

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs:  1-2 (8th place, C-USA)
South Alabama Jaguars:  2-1 (1st place, Sun Belt West)
 
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Louisiana Tech Bulldogs:  lost their last game on the road against the Clemson Tigers 48-20.
South Alabama Jaguars:  lost their last game on the road against the UCLA Bruins 32-31.

 

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs South Alabama Jaguars Preview and Analysis

 
LA Tech is entering this game with a 1-2 record overall to start their college football season and they will be playing their 3rd road game of the season here as they are 0-2 in their road games this year. They lost against the Clemson Tigers in their last game on the road 48-20. Parker McNeil started that game at QB and he completed 23/42 passes for 311 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. Charvis Thornton led the team in rushing with 9 yards on 5 rushing attempts. Griffin Hebert led the team in receiving with 122 yards on 5 receptions. Tyler Grubbs led the defense in that game with 10 solo tackles and 5 assisted tackles. Jaiden Cole led the defense in sacks with 1 while no one on the defense came away with an interception for them in that one.
 
 
 
South Alabama is entering this game with a 2-1 record overall to start their college football season and they will be playing their 2nd home game of the season as they are 1-0 in their home games this year. They lost against the UCLA Bruins in their last game on the road 32-31. Carter Bradley started that game at QB and he completed 26/36 passes for 237 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. La'Damian Webb led the team in rushing with 124 yards and 1 TD on 16 carries. Jalen Wayne led the team in receiving with 76 yards on 7 receptions. Jalen Jordan led the defense in that game with 5 solo tackles and 2 assisted tackles. No one on the defense recorded a sack for them or came away with an interception in that one.

 

Louisiana Tech vs South Alabama Prediction

The current betting odds have South Alabama listed as a 13.5 point favorite in this game according to Draftkings Sportsbook. South Alabama has looked really good in their last 2 games now and both of those were really good road tests. They went into Central Michigan and beat CMU by over 20 points on the road, but then they went into UCLA and lost by 1 point in a game they probably should have won as they were the better team. They have shown that they are the real deal this year and have a very good chance of competing for a Sun Belt title this season. They are not in the stronger division either and so they will be trying to roll over teams all year, and they will want to start their conference schedule next week coming off of a win in this game. LA Tech hasn't been good in their games and they have been blown out in their 2 road games too. Both games they lost by over 20 points and even though this is a weaker team they are playing now, they will still be on the road here where they haven't been good. South Alabama just took on 2 better teams on the road and almost won both games, now they have a worse team back at home here and this should be a blowout win for them. The best way to place a bet here is on South Alabama to cover the spread in this game.
 
Louisiana Tech South Alabama Prediction:  Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, September 24, 2022 (7:00 pm ET start time) is USA 35 LA Tech 13.
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NCAAF Betting Trends

 
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs: 7-12 ATS as a road underdog of 10.5 to 14 points. 10-22 ATS off a road blowout loss by 28 points or more. 18-10 UNDER off a road blowout loss by 21 points or more. 
South Alabama Jaguars: 6-1 ATS as a home favorite. 9-4 ATS in home games. 25-11 UNDER when the total is between 56.5 and 63.
 

Key Injuries

 
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs:  None.
South Alabama Jaguars:  K. Gallmon Jr. (S) out for season - Pectoral. D. Bivins (RB) out for season - Neck.
 

Notable Quotes

 
"I think our players are fighting. We've just got to be a little smarter in our execution." - Sonny Cumbie after his team’s loss against Clemson in their last game.
 
 
"I thought we needed to go up two scores against a quarterback like this. They adjusted well to it. We thought we had them right there. It would have been nice to get that one and ice the game." - Kane Wommack after his team’s loss against UCLA in their last game.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
WR Maxwell, Kyle
WR Harris, Tre
WR Harris, Smoke 
TE Hebert, Griffin 
QB McNeil, Parker
RB Crosby, Marquis 
 
South Alabama Jaguars
WR Wayne, Jalen
WR Voisin, Devin
WR Lacy, Caullin 
TE Sefcik, Lincoln
TE Crum, Brandon 
QB Bradley, Carter
RB Webb, La'Damian 
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Passing: P. McNeil (650)
Rushing: M. Crosby (226)
Receiving: G. Hebert (278)
Touchdowns: M. Crosby (3)
 
South Alabama Jaguars
Passing: C. Bradley (851)
Rushing: L. Webb (313)
Receiving: J. Wayne (276)
Touchdowns: L. Webb (5) 
 
Coaches:
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs: Sonny Cumbie (1st season)
South Alabama Jaguars: Kane Wommack (2nd season)


Rod Pearson

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Rod Pearson has been a rabid sports fan his entire life.  He grew up in Ontario, and was skilled in both hockey and baseball, and pitched in an elite baseball league for many years.  In 2022, Rod decided to hang up his glove, so that he could write about the sports he loves -- but from a gambling perspective.  Join Rod every day as he breaks down the games to find the best betting value.

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