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Air Force is on a five-game win streak that includes its third consecutive triumph against Boise State. There is discontent in the Falcons' ranks about not being invited to a higher-profile game. South Alabama is only 4-6 against FBS teams, although one win was against Mississippi State from the mighty SEC.

Kickoff: Friday, December 30 @ 5:30 p.m. ET
Location: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona
Additional Read: South Alabama vs Air Force Betting

2016 Arizona Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
South Alabama+13
Air Force-13

Odds at Bovada

Team Records
South AlabamaSun Belt6-63-8-16-5
Air ForceMWC9-35-76-5

Arizona Bowl Matchup

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun might be the best non-household name college coach, since he wins even though the requirements of the school dictate less practice time and no redshirting players. The Falcons' use of the multiple-formation triple option also makes them hard to defend against.

When senior QB Nate Romine got hurt, Arion Worthman stepped in. He's 5-0 as the starter and the fourth-leading rusher with 603 yards, with seniors Jacobi Owens (785), D.J. Johnson (617) and Shayne Davern (475) as well as junior Timothy McVey (667) forming the nation's No. 4 rushing attack.

The Jaguars give up 4.9 yards per carry, which is a red flag against Air Force, and LBs Roman Buchanan and Darrell Songy will have to quickly fill running lanes. Jaguars DE Randy Allen will also have to adapt to a unique offense. Jalen Robinette (835 yards, 25.3 avg.) is essentially all of Air Force's passing game.

South Alabama QB Dallas Davis has been mistake-prone, passing for 2,461 yards with 10 TD and 11 interceptions. Air Force has 28 sacks but is vulnerable in the passing phase as evidenced by the 22 TD passes allowed and the four games in which they gave up at least 300 passing yards.

The Jaguars strive for balance offensively and leading rusher Xavier Johnson (787 yards, 5.4 YPC, 10 TD) usually furnishes it. However, Air Force's defense, made up entirely of senior starters, is very disciplined and allows only 3.4 yards per carry, which is 16th in the country.

Tight end Gerald Everett (team-high 717 receiving yards) is a bona fide NFL prospect who will likely match up against SS Weston Steelhammer. Davis' acuity with reads and accuracy with his throws is a concern, but WR Kevin Kutchera (523 yards) and WR Josh Magee (668) are definitely talented.

Arizona Bowl Betting Trends
  • The total has gone OVER in six of Air Force's last eight games.
  • Air Force is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games in December.
  • Air Force is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games after a win.
  • South Alabama is 2-11-1 ATS in its last 14 games after a win.
  • The total has gone OVER in seven of South Alabama's last eight games against teams with winning records.
  • South Alabama is 0-4-1 ATS in its last five games.

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Arizona Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
2015Arizona BowlNevada28Colorado State23-4.5NevadaNevada
2016Arizona BowlSouth Alabama-Air Force--13  
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