South Alabama Jaguars (3-4) at Georgia State Panthers (3-3)
College Football: Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Georgia State Stadium)
The Line: Georgia State Panthers +1 -- Over/Under: 49 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The South Alabama Jaguars and Georgia State Panthers meet Thursday in college football action at Georgia State Stadium on ESPNU.
The South Alabama Jaguars look for a third straight victory to get back to a .500 record. The South Alabama Jaguars have lost six of their last seven road games. Cole Garvin is completing 58.3 percent of his passes for 924 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Garvin and Dallas Davis have combined for nine touchdown passes and six interceptions this season. Sam Harris and Jamarius Way have combined for 717 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Tra Minter has nine receptions. The South Alabama Jaguars ground game is averaging 141.5 yards per contest, and Xavier Johnson leads the way with 448 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, South Alabama is allowing 26.4 points and 413 yards per game. Jeremy Reaves leads the South Alabama Jaguars with 51 tackles, Finessé Middleton has 3.5 sacks and Gus Nave has one interception.
The Georgia State Panthers look for their first home victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Georgia State Panthers have lost five of their last eight home games. Conner Manning is completing 66.5 percent of his passes for 1,516 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Manning has one or more touchdown passes in four straight games. Penny Hart and Ari Werts have combined for 813 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Tamir Jones has 14 receptions. The Georgia State Panthers ground game is averaging 114.1 yards per contest, and Glenn Smith leads the way with 184 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Georgia State is allowing 27.5 points and 406 yards per game. Bryan Williams leads the Georgia State Panthers with 33 tackles, Marterious Allen has four sacks and Chandon Sullivan has three pass deflections.
The Jaguars are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games, 6-18 ATS in their last 24 conference games and 12-28 ATS in their last 40 games overall. The Panthers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 8-3-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games in October. The under is 20-7 in Panthers last 27 games overall and the under is 5-1 in Jaguars last 6 games overall.
South Alabama is probably playing better football overall, but I'm not sure that's saying much. Georgia State has improved its play the last couple of weeks and being at home in the middle of the week does have its advantages. Either way, this is a big game for these two teams if they hope to become bowl eligible. Instead of picking a side, I'm going with the under, which is a strong trend between these two teams. The under is 20-7 in Georgia State's last 27 games and 5-1 in South Alabama's last six games. Both teams are inconsistent offensively and the Panthers are averaging 10 points per game at home this season. Give me the under.