New Orleans Bowl: WKU vs South Alabama │ Preview and BEST BET │12/21/22
The Sun Belt has won five consecutive games over Conference USA in the New Orleans Bowl, and I anticipate that streak will resume tonight. Perhaps most importantly, the line has dropped from South Alabama -9 to South Alabama -3.5.
Western Kentucky’s second-ranked passing offense (339 yards per game) will face South Alabama’s 12th-ranked defense unit, which has shut down damn near everyone. The Cougars went 10-2, dropping 10-6 to Troy and 32-31 to UCLA in their two losses. This season, WKU was an underdog three times and lost all three. The Hilltoppers have lost five players, notably their top receiver, second-leading tackler, two offensive linemen, and two defensive backs as well, all who have gone through the portal or declared for the draft. South Alabama has won five games in a row and is expected to be at full power. I’m taking South Alabama to cover.
South Alabama is competing for its first bowl title only in its third-ever appearance. In 2014, the Jaguars competed for the Camellia Bowl but ended up falling to Bowling Green, 33-28. The program also played in the Arizona Bowl in 2016, but lost to Air Force 45-21. This is the first winning season the program has had since joining the FBS in 2012. Capturing the program’s first bowl trophy would be the cherry on top of what has already been a phenomenal season for the Cougars.
The Pick: South Alabama -3.5
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