South Alabama Jaguars vs. Troy Trojans - 10/20/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Troy Trojans (5-1) at South Alabama Jaguars (3-3)
College Football: Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Ladd Peebles Stadium)
The Line: South Alabama Jaguars +9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Troy Trojans will travel to play the South Alabama Jaguars in a Sun Belt college football game on Thursday.
The South Alabama Jaguars are 3-3 (0-3) this season after losing to Arkansas State by a score of 17-7 in their last game. South Alabama has beaten some good teams this season, but hasn’t been able to get their first conference win of the season. The South Alabama offense is averaging 23.8 points per game with 99.8 rushing yards and 261 passing yards per game. Dallas Davis is completing 58.2% of his passes for 1276 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions for South Alabama. Xavier Johnson has rushed for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Tyreis Thomas has added 173 rushing yards with 3 scores for the Jaguars. Gerald Everett has caught 31 passes for 518 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Josh MaGee has caught 24 passes for 282 yards and 2 touchdowns for South Alabama. The South Alabama defense is giving up 25.5 points per game with 220.2 rushing yards and 142.8 passing yards per game. Kalen Jackson has led the South Alabama defense with 47 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks, while Jeremy Reaves has added 37 tackles for 3.5 tackles for loss, and 2 interceptions. Gavin Patterson has gone 6-10 on field goals, with a long of 40 yards.
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The Troy Trojans are 5-1 (3-0) this season after beating Georgia State by a score of 31-21 in their last game. Troy has played well this season, with their only loss coming at Clemson by only 6 points. The Troy offense is averaging 39.2 points per game with 200.3 rushing yards and 264 passing yards per game. Brandon Silvers is completing 62.4% of his passes for 1439 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions for Troy. Jordan Chunn has rushed for 673 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Josh Anderson has rushed for 186 yards and 1 touchdown for the Trojans. Deondre Douglas has caught 38 passes for 435 yards and 4 touchdowns, while Emanuel Thompson has caught 35 passes for 324 yards and 4 touchdowns for Troy. The Troy defense is giving up 19.7 points per game with 98.8 rushing yards and 284.7 passing yards per game. William Lloyd has led the Troy defense with 31 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 1 sack, while Cedarius Rookard has added 25 tackles and 2 interceptions. Ryan Kay has gone 11-13 on field goals for Troy, with a long of 43 yards.
Troy is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Troy’s last 5 games. South Alabama is 4-11 ATS in their last 15 home games and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 conference games. The over is 8-1-1 in South Alabama’s last 10 home games. The road team is 4-0 ATS in these two teams last 4 meetings.
Troy comes into this game with a very strong team and will look to stay undefeated in conference play. South Alabama has had ups and downs this season and comes in with a .500 record. Troy has a high-powered offense that I don’t see South Alabama slowing down. South Alabama has work to do on its own offense, but does have the home field advantage. I like Troy to overpower the Jaguars on offense and get the win.