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How and what to watch for South Alabama vs. Georgia Southern

Week 9 of the college football season gets started on Thursday night with a Sun Belt matchup between South Alabama and Georgia Southern.

South Alabama Jaguars running back Carlos Davis during the South Alabama Jaguars game versus the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks on October 24, 2020, at Hancock-Whitney Stadium, Mobile, Alabama. Photo by Bobby McDuffie/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Georgia Southern Eagles will host the South Alabama Jaguars to kick off Week 9 of the college football season on Thursday night live on ESPN.

Georgia Southern enters in with a 3-2 overall record including 1-2 in the Sun Belt. The Eagles are coming off a 28-14 road loss to the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, which are now ranked No. 20 in the latest AP Top 25 poll. The game was tied after three quarters, but Georgia Southern struggled to generate much offense and finished with just 218 total yards. Quarterback Shai Werts completed 7/20 passes for 94 yards and two interceptions. J.D. King led the team on the ground with 67 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

South Alabama is also heading into Thursday night with a 3-2 record, but at the top of the Sun Belt West with a 2-0 conference record. The Jaguars won consecutive games against Texas State and Louisiana-Monroe. South Alabama put up 415 total yards, and wide receiver Kawaan Baker put on a show with 154 yards on six catches with three touchdowns. Quarterback Desmond Trotter completed 8/12 passes for 184 yards in addition to the three touchdown passes. He also rushed for 33 yards on eight rushes with a rushing score. Carlos Davis ran for 58 yards on 17 carries.

Georgia Southern is 6-0 all-time in this series, including a 20-17 victory in Mobile, Alabama in 2019.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch South Alabama at Georgia Southern on Thursday, October 29th at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: South Alabama vs Georgia Southern (-4)
Point Total: 51
Money line: South Alabama (+170), Georgia Southern (-230)

  • South Alabama is 5-1 against the spread in its last six games.
  • The total went under in four of South Alabama’s last five games.
  • Georgia Southern is 6-0 straight up in its last six home games.
  • The total went under in six of Georgia Southern’s last seven games.

The Best Bet

Pick: Georgia Southern (-4). The Eagles are just a better team. South Alabama’s wins came over inferior opponents, and Georgia Southern should win by at least a TD.

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