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Bettors Have Learned To Avoid South Alabama

South Alabama has been a pit for bettors this season. The Jaguars have gone 3-8-1 ATS on the season as a whole and have not covered the spread since October 20. South Alabama will enter its Arizona Bowl matchup against Air Force as a big underdog.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Air Force's last 8 games.
  • 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 Arizona Bowl marks just the second time South Alabama has ever made it to a bowl game, with their first coming in the Camellia Bowl in 2014. The Jags offense hasn’t exactly been pleasant to watch this season, ranking in the bottom third in the nation in pretty much every statistical category. Running back Xavier Johnson has been playing his best football of the season lately, as the junior has tallied 353 rushing yards while averaging 8.3 yards per carry in the past three.

South Alabama’s defense has been completely one note this season, ranked eighth in the country against the pass and 97th against the run. Randy Allen has easily been the best individual player on the Jaguars defense, as the defensive end has tallied 64 tackles, 18.5 tackles for a loss and 11.5 sacks.

Air Force has not deviated from the traditional game plan, as the Falcons are fourth in the nation in rushing. Four different players have amassed 600-plus rushing yards with senior Jacobi Owens leading the way. The back to really keep an eye on is Timothy McVey, who is first on the team with 10 rushing touchdowns and averages 8.3 yards per carry.

Much like South Alabama, Air Force has been one-dimensional defensively, as its secondary has been good but the front seven has been completely unstable. Defensive back Weston Steelhammer was named to the All-Mountain West team for the third consecutive year, as the senior led the team in tackles and interceptions.

South Alabama Jaguars vs Air Force Falcons Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the South Alabama Jaguars have seen them go 6-6 and 3-8-1 ATS so far this season, while the Air Force Falcons are at 9-3 and 5-7 ATS. In totals betting, the Falcons are 7-5, while the Jaguars are 6-6. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Air Force vs South Alabama injuries news.

The game pits the Air Force Falcons, currently No. 53 in our Odds Shark NCAA Football Power Rankings, against the South Alabama Jaguars, who rate No. 71 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Air Force's No. 36-ranked offense, averaging 34.33 PPG, against a South Alabama defense that ranks No. 50 this week at 25.5 PPG. The Air Force aerial game is averaging 128.75 yards per game, less than the South Alabama Jaguars secondary allows through the air, 171.92 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the South Alabama Jaguars own the league's No. 80-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 211.2 yards per game when on the road. Air Force, on the other hand, rates No. 2 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Betting Trends
  • South Alabama is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of South Alabama's last 6 games
  • Air Force is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Air Force is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Air Force's last 8 games