Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. South Alabama Jaguars Betting Preview
Where: Ladd Stadium, Mobile
When: Friday, September 8, 8:00 PM ET
Line: Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. South Alabama Jaguars – view all NCAA Football lines
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Betting on the Oklahoma State Cowboys
What are Mason Rudolph and James Washington still doing in college? In the Cowboys’ 59-24 win over Tulsa to kick off their season last Thursday, the duo looked like they’re playing a child’s game while they could’ve been playing in the NFL instead.
Rudolph was near flawless against the Hurricane, completing 20 of 24 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, while Washington caught 145 receiving yards and two touchdowns on just six catches. Both players appear to have another leaky defense to abuse this Friday in South Alabama’s stop unit that was carved up for 531 total yards in the Jaguars’ loss to Ole Miss last Saturday. Oklahoma State’s offense will be tested this season, but it likely won’t come against this South Alabama squad.
And that’s not even mentioning the Cowboys’ ground game, which laid waste on Tulsa by producing a dizzying 332 rushing yards and four touchdowns. The backfield was led by Justice Hill’s 132 rushing yards. It’s hard to imagine the Jaguars having the endurance of holding off that kind of offensive brilliance by the Cowboys for an entire game.
Oklahoma State is 4-1 ATS in its last five road games.
Betting on the South Alabama Jaguars
South Alabama had a rude awakening in the 2017-18 season, as the Jaguars were straight up destroyed by Ole Miss in a 47-27 setback last week. There’s no way to go but forward for the Jaguars, and that plan includes a date with the Cowboys this Friday.
Clearly, the Jaguars top priority is to find a way to stop the Cowboys’ attacks. That’s going to be easier said than done, as they weren’t even able to contain the Rebels, but South Alabama could still try to step up its pressure on Rudolph. The Jaguars have some defensive pedigree notwithstanding their loss to Ole Miss. Last season, they were 55th in the nation in scoring defense (27.6 points allowed per game) and held opponents to only 193.0 passing yards per game. It’s unlikely they’ll limit Rudolph and company around those averages, but that’s not to say South Alabama’s defense has no bite.
On offense, the Jaguars could get some success against Oklahoma State’s run defense that let Tulsa compile 224 rushing yards. South Alabama had 170 rushing yards against Ole Miss in support of quarterback Cole Garvin-led passing attack. Garvin threw 204 yards and a touchdown with no interception on 19 of 31 completions.
Oklahoma State’s offense sizzles again in a 41-21 victory.
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