Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl - Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Washington Huskies - 12/26/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Huskies (6-6) at Southern Miss Golden Eagles (9-4)
College Football: Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 2:20 pm (Cotton Bowl)
The Line: Southern Miss Golden Eagles +8.5 -- Over/Under: 56.5 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Huskies will play the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl Game.
The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles were 9-4 this season and lost in the C-USA Championship game to Western Kentucky. The Southern Miss offense is averaging 40.6 points per game with 327.9 passing yards per game and 191.9 rushing yards per game. Nick Mullens is the Southern Miss quarterback who is completing 63.4% of his passes for 4145 yards, 36 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. Jalen Richard has 1098 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns, while Ito Smith has 1088 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns for Southern Miss. Michael Thomas has 1201 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns, while Casey Martin has 855 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns for the Golden Eagles. The Southern Miss defense is giving up 24.2 points per game with 223.3 passing yards per game and 140.8 rushing yards per game. D’Nerius Antoine has 93 tackles, Dylan Bradley has 6.5 sacks, and Kalan Reed has 4 interceptions for Southern Miss. Southern Miss is -2 in turnover margin this season.
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The Washington Huskies were 6-6 this season and finished 5th in the Pac-12 North Division standings. The Washington offense is averaging 29.5 points per game with 235.5 passing yards per game and 152.8 rushing yards per game. Jake Browning is the Washington quarterback who is completing 62.9% of his passes for 2671 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Myles Gaskin has 1121 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, while Dwayne Washington has 282 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns for Washington. Dwayne Washington is questionable with an injury for this game. Jaydon Mickens has 597 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns, while Joshua Perkins has 470 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns for the Huskies. The Washington defense is giving up 17.8 points per game with 216 passing yards per game and 133.9 rushing yards per game. Azeem Victor has 88 tackles, Travis Feeney has 7 sacks, and Sidney Jones has 4 interceptions for Washington. Washington is +6 in turnover margin for the season.
The Washington Huskies had an up and down year, as they finished the season 3-4. Washington struggled offensively to start the year, but was able to find some consistency towards the end of the year. The Washington defense is very good, and they will need their defensive unit to play well against a good Southern Miss offense. Southern Miss had a great season and finished the season 6 straight wins before losing in the conference championship game. Southern Miss has a high scoring offense and the 12th ranked passing attack in the nation. Southern Miss got beaten up in their last game, so they will have to hope for fewer injuries so they can play fast, and with their usual depth. I think Washington will win this game, but I am picking Southern Miss to keep it close.