South Alabama vs. Eastern Michigan 68 Ventures Bowl Prediction: Picks & Start Time – December 23, 2023

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The 68 Ventures Bowl will feature a matchup between the South Alabama Jaguars and the Eastern Michigan Eagles.

South Alabama vs. Eastern Michigan Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 17.5 points, with bookmakers listing South Alabama as the favorites.

Moneyline

As for the moneyline, South Alabama has -1123 odds to pick up the win, while Eastern Michigan is listed at +646 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 44 points.

Game Info

How to Watch South Alabama vs. Eastern Michigan Live?

  • Game Day: Saturday, December 23, 2023
  • Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN
  • Location: Mobile, Alabama
  • Stadium: Hancock Whitney Stadium

Betting Preview

South Alabama

South Alabama is averaging 425.3 yards per game on offense (37th in the FBS), and ranks 27th defensively, yielding 327.5 yards allowed per game. South Alabama is putting up 30.9 points per game on offense (44th in the FBS), and ranks 36th on defense with 21.9 points allowed per game. South Alabama ranks 36th in pass offense (264.9 passing yards per game) and 41st in pass defense (209.7 passing yards allowed per game) this year. South Alabama ranks 63rd in run offense (160.4 rushing yards per game) and 27th in run defense (117.8 rushing yards allowed per game) this year. South Alabama is putting up a 43.0% third-down percentage offensively this year (39th in the FBS), and is surrendering a 33.8% third-down percentage (26th) on the defensive side of the ball. South Alabama owns the 39th-ranked turnover margin in college football at +3, forcing 16 turnovers (24th in the FBS) while turning it over 13 times (69th in the FBS).

Eastern Michigan

Eastern Michigan has been sputtering on offense, ranking third-worst with 273.8 total yards per game. It has been better on defense, allowing 384.2 total yards per contest (70th-ranked). Eastern Michigan has been struggling offensively, ranking 20th-worst in the FBS with 20.3 points per game. It has been more productive on defense, surrendering 24.0 points per contest (53rd-ranked). Eastern Michigan’s passing offense has been a bottom-25 unit this season, putting up 158.6 passing yards per game, which ranks 10th-worst in the FBS. On the defensive side of the ball, it ranks 38th with 205.3 passing yards surrendered per contest. In terms of rushing, this season has been hard for Eastern Michigan on both sides of the ball, as it is putting up only 115.2 rushing yards per game (22nd-worst) and allowing 178.9 rushing yards per game (19th-worst). Eastern Michigan ranks 106th in the FBS with a 35.0% third-down conversion percentage on offense, and 68th with a 39.3% third-down percentage allowed on the defensive side of the ball. With eight forced turnovers (118th in the FBS) and 11 turnovers committed (39th in the FBS) this season, Eastern Michigan ranks 91st in the FBS with a turnover margin of -3.

South Alabama vs. Eastern Michigan Betting Analysis

South Alabama Betting Insights

South Alabama has covered the spread four times over 12 games with a set spread. In games it has played as 17.5-point favorites or more, South Alabama has an ATS record of 1-1. South Alabama games have finished with a final combined score above the over/under six times this season. The Jaguars are 5-3 in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite (winning 62.5% of those games). The Jaguars have played as a moneyline favorite of -1123 or shorter in just one game this season, which they won.

Eastern Michigan Betting Insights

Eastern Michigan has gone 6-6-0 against the spread this season. Eastern Michigan is 1-1 ATS when playing as at least 17.5-point underdogs. Eastern Michigan games have gone over the total six times this season. This season, the Eagles have been the underdog seven times and won one of those games. The Eagles have not won as an underdog of +646 or more on the moneyline this season in two such games.

South Alabama vs. Eastern Michigan Against The Spread & Betting Records

South Alabama

Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 51.1 52.2 50.1
Implied Total AVG 31.2 34.0 28.3
ATS Record 4-8-0 2-4-0 2-4-0
Over/Under Record 6-6-0 2-4-0 4-2-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 5-3 4-2 1-1
Moneyline Underdog Record 1-3 0-0 1-3

Eastern Michigan

Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 45.7 46.3 45.0
Implied Total AVG 27.9 27.0 28.8
ATS Record 6-6-0 2-4-0 4-2-0
Over/Under Record 6-6-0 4-2-0 2-4-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 5-0 5-0 0-0
Moneyline Underdog Record 1-6 0-1 1-5

Players to Watch

South Alabama

  • The Jaguars’ offense has been led by La’Damian Webb, who has rushed for 1,007 yards (91.5 yards per carry) and 16 rushing touchdowns.
  • Webb has made an impact in the passing attack, reeling in 24 balls on zero targets for 144 yards and one touchdown.
  • On zero targets, Caullin Lacy has 91 receptions (7.6 per game) for 1,316 yards and seven TDs in 12 games.
  • In 11 games for the Jaguars, Carter Bradley has piled up 2,660 yards (241.8 yards per game) with 19 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 67.8% completion percentage.
  • Jamaal Pritchett has received zero targets in 2023 and has converted them into 49 receptions (4.5 per game) for 756 yards and six TDs in 11 games.
  • Quentin Wilfawn has helped carry the Jaguars’ defense with 75 tackles, three TFL, and five sacks in 11 games.
  • The Jaguars’ defensive unit has been helped by Trey Kiser, who has played 11 games and amassed three sacks to go with four TFL and 64 tackles.
  • With 57 tackles and four interceptions in 11 games, Jaden Voisin has been a significant piece of the Jaguars’ defensive unit in 2023.
  • James Miller has been a big part of the Jaguars’ defensive unit in 2023, with 66 tackles and one TFL in 11 games.

Eastern Michigan

  • In 12 games, Samson Evans has run for 635 yards (52.9 per game) and 12 touchdowns.
  • Austin Smith has thrown for 1,775 yards (147.9 per game), completing 57.4% of his throws, with nine touchdowns and seven interceptions in 12 games.
  • Also, Smith has run for 134 yards and two TDs.
  • Jaylon Jackson has rushed for 574 yards (47.8 per game) and two touchdowns in 12 games.
  • In the passing game, Jackson has scored two touchdowns, with 22 catches for 221 yards.
  • Tanner Knue has 50 receptions for 479 yards (43.5 per game) and three touchdowns in 11 games.
  • In 10 games for the Eagles, Joseph Sparacio has recorded two sacks to go with 113 tackles.
  • Chase Kline has registered 78 tackles, three TFL, and two sacks in nine games for the Eagles.
  • The Eagles’ Quentavius Scandrett has registered two interceptions to go with 41 tackles and two passes defended in 10 games.
  • With 47 tackles, one TFL, and two passes defended in 10 games, Kempton Shine has been providing a big boost on defense for the Eagles.

South Alabama vs. Eastern Michigan Predictions and Pick

South Alabama vs. Eastern Michigan betting card

  • Pick ATS:

    South Alabama (-17.5)

  • Pick OU: Over (44)

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Our prediction to win this matchup is South Alabama, and we project that South Alabama will cover the spread (South Alabama -17.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 44 points.

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WRITTEN BY

Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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