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Quarterback Carter Bradley #2 of the South Alabama Jaguars looks for a receiver as we look at our Southern Miss-South Alabama predictions.
Quarterback Carter Bradley #2 of the South Alabama Jaguars looks for a receiver but keeps the ball to pick up a first down on third-and-five against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the second quarter at Boone Pickens Stadium on September 16, 2023 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images via AFP.

The South Alabama Jaguars host the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, as we make our best Southern Miss-South Alabama prediction based on the best college football odds.

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles are currently in a tough spot, having endured a five-game losing streak that has brought their season record to 1-5. Notably, three of those defeats came with a margin of 14 points or more, and they have yet to secure a win against an FBS opponent. In Week 6, the Golden Eagles lost a closely contested match to the Old Dominion Monarchs, falling 17-13, despite holding a 13-10 lead heading into the final quarter. Southern Miss is one of just two teams with a winless 0-3 record in Sun Belt play.

In contrast, the South Alabama Jaguars had a strong showing in Week 6, claiming a commanding 55-7 victory over the UL Monroe Warhawks. This win not only improved their season record to 3-3 but also put an end to a two-game losing streak. Their victories in those games were quite decisive, with winning margins of 18, 26, and 48 points, respectively.

Here is our best Southern Miss vs. South Alabama prediction and our college football picks (odds via our best college football betting sites; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

Southern Miss vs. South Alabama prediction: Week 8

Under 53.5 (-110 via BetMGM) ⭐⭐⭐

The Jaguars scored 30-plus points in four of their six games and recorded 17 and 23 points in the other two. Although their defense has allowed 30-plus points in all three losses, it shouldn't struggle with the Golden Eagles.

The Golden Eagles are averaging 356 yards and 20.4 points per game against FBS opponents. They've had outbursts of 36 and 37 points in recent weeks but scored just 13 points last time. Southern Miss has been a favorite in two games along its five-loss losing skid.

The Jaguars defense looks unstoppable when it faces weak offenses. South Alabama has allowed 17 or fewer points in each of its three wins, and as 18-point favorites, it’s clear what the final result of this game should be.

The Jaguars showed with their 55 points last week that they could clear this number themselves, but this game should be a bit slower-paced. The Golden Eagles can’t stop the run and the Jaguars are averaging 157.7 rushing yards per game, which should result in the clock ticking away. We see the final score being in the mid-40s rather than the 50s.

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Southern Miss vs. South Alabama best odds

BetMGM (-110)

Under 53Under 53.5Under 53.5Under 53.5Under 53.5

DraftKings is the only sportsbook offering a total of less than 53.5 and it seems like FanDuel may follow suit shortly, as they currently have the under with a price of -115. 

As for the other three sportsbooks, you can’t go wrong with betting the under at any of them. We’d go with BetMGM because if we were recommending a parlay, we’d go with the Golden Eagles to cover. BetMGM currently has them as 18.5-point underdogs.

Southern Miss vs. South Alabama odds

Southern Miss vs. South Alabama odds analysis

The total opened at 53.5, but this number has dropped to 51.5 at many of the best sports betting apps. A majority of the early wagers were coming in on the Over, but the oddsmakers have moved against that trend.

The Jaguars opened as 16.5-point favorites, but that's jumped to 18.5 at some of the best sports betting sites, while others have settled on 17.5. We believe this spread has moved where it will land, and the Jaguars will go off as somewhere between 17.5 and 18.5-point favorites.

Southern Miss vs. South Alabama game info

  • When: Tuesday, Oct., 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Hancock Whitney Stadium, Mobile, AL
  • How to watch: ESPN2
  • Weather: 48 degrees, 4-mph winds, 1% chance of precipitation

Southern Miss vs. South Alabama prediction made 10/16/2023 at 1:17 p.m. ET.

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