South Alabama Jaguars (1-2) at Memphis Tigers (2-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Liberty Bowl)
The Line: Memphis Tigers -27.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The South Alabama Jaguars and Memphis Tigers meet Saturday in college football action at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
The South Alabama Jaguars look for their first road victory of the season to get back to a .500 record. The South Alabama Jaguars have lost each of their last four road games. Evan Orth is completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 429 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Orth and Cole Garvin have combined for four touchdown passes and three interceptions this season. Jamarius Way and Jordan McCray have combined for 316 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Kawaan Baker has eight receptions. The South Alabama Jaguars ground game is averaging 137 yards per contest, and Orth leads the way with 104 yards on 11 carries. Defensively, South Alabama is allowing 38.7 points and 476.3 yards per game. Nigel Lawrence leads the South Alabama Jaguars with 30 tackles, Chason Milner has three sacks and Jalen Thompson has three interceptions.
The Memphis Tigers hope to remain unbeaten at home to improve to 3-1 on the season heading into conference play. The Memphis Tigers have won 11 of their last 14 home games. Brady White is completing 70.9 percent of his passes for 772 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception. White has seven touchdown passes in 102 career pass attempts. Damonte Coxie and Patrick Taylor Jr. have combined for 358 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Darrell Henderson has four receptions. The Memphis Tigers ground game is averaging 322.3 yards per contest, and Henderson leads the way with 521 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Memphis is allowing 19.3 points and 267.3 yards per game. Tim Hart leads the Memphis Tigers with 18 tackles, Bryce Huff has three sacks and T.J. Carter has one interception.
The Jaguars are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 road games, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September and 15-32-1 ATS in their last 48 games overall. The Tigers are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 home games, 19-9-1 ATS in their last 29 non-conference games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The over is 13-5 in Tigers last 18 games overall and the over is 4-1 in Jaguars last 5 games overall.
I'm never the guy who is looking to lay big numbers, but the South Alabama Jaguars have allowed 30 or more points in four of their last five games, and they're going up against a Memphis team that's loaded with playmakers and plays with a quick tempo. Memphis is averaging 62.5 points in two home games this season and has scored no less than 56 points in its last five regular season home games. The Memphis Tigers are one of those teams you either eat the chalk or stay away, as fading them and taking the points results in a sweat job. Memphis has covered each of its last three games when favored by at least 20 points. South Alabama has failed to cover five of its last seven games when an underdog of at least 20 points. Give me the chalk.