South Alabama vs. Oklahoma State - 9/8/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

South Alabama vs. Oklahoma State - 9/8/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma State Cowboys (1-0) at South Alabama Jaguars (0-1)

College Football: Friday, September 8, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Ladd Peebles Stadium)

The Line: South Alabama Jaguars +26.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Oklahoma State Cowboys and South Alabama Jaguars meet Friday in college football action at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on ESPN2.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys look for another victory after beating up Tulsa, 59-24, in their season opener. The Oklahoma State Cowboys have won eight of their last 10 road games. Mason Rudolph is completing 83.3 percent of his passes for 303 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Rudolph has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last seven games. James Washington and Marcell Ateman have combined for 220 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Tyron Johnson has one reception. The Oklahoma State Cowboys ground game is averaging 332 yards per contest, and Justice Hill leads the way with 132 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Oklahoma State is allowing 24 points and 432 yards per game. Tre Flowers leads the Oklahoma State Cowboys with eight tackles, Kenneth Edison-McGruder has one sack and Jarrell Owens has two pass deflections.   

The South Alabama Jaguars could use a bounce back performance after losing to Ole Miss by 20 points. The South Alabama Jaguars have won three straight home games. Cole Garvin is completing 61.3 percent of his passes for 204 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. Garvin has five career touchdown passes on 95 pass attempts. Sa'Mory Collier and Jamarius Way have combined for 85 receiving yards and one touchdown while Sam Harris has three receptions. The South Alabama Jaguars ground game is averaging 170 yards per contest, and Tra Minter leads the way with 83 yards and on 12 carries. Defensively, South Alabama is allowing 47 points and 531 yards per game. Jeremy Reaves leads the South Alabama Jaguars with eight tackles, Finessé Middleton has one sack and Tobias Moss had one pass deflection.

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The Cowboys are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Jaguars are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games, 5-14 ATS in their last 19 home games and 8-25 ATS in their last 33 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Jaguars last 5 games overall and the under is 5-2 in Cowboys last 7 road games.

Weird things are known to happen on Thursday nights, and South Alabama is a team that hasn't been blown out much dating back to last season. Heck, the Jaguars were able to hold their own against Ole Miss in the season opener, averaging 5.5 yards per play and actually getting two more first downs than the Rebels. I'm really high on OK State and think it's a team that could win the Big 12, but this is a lot of points to lay in the middle of the week on the road. The Jags will hang around just enough to get the cover.

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Randy’s Pick South Alabama Jaguars +26.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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