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College Football Betting Preview: South Alabama Jaguars vs. Troy Trojans

November 2, 2023


A pair of in-state Sun Belt rivals will face each other on Thursday evening when the South Alabama Jaguars travel to Troy, Alabama to face the Troy Trojans at Larry Blakeney Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium with the game starting at 7:30 PM ET and airing on ESPN 2 in week 10 of the college football season.

The South Alabama Jaguars enter this game with a record of 4-4 following a 20-33 loss at home against the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns while failing to cover the 11.5-point spread as a home favorite in week 9 of the college football season. South Alabama scored 20 points while compiling a total of 498 yards offensively which included 381 passing yards and 117 rushing yards while allowing 33 points and 348 total yards defensively which included 145 passing yards and 203 rushing yards. Carter Bradley led the team in passing, completing 29 of 49 attempts for 381 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. La’Damian Webb led the team in rushing with 16 carries for 96 yards and a touchdown while adding three receptions for 19 yards. Jamaal Pritchett led the team in receiving, catching 11 of 17 targets for 168 yards and two touchdowns.

Troy enters this game with a record of 6-2 and is in 1st place in the West Division of the Sun Belt Conference following a 31-13 win on the road against the Texas State Bobcats while covering the 6.5-point spread as a road favorite in week 9 of the college football season. The Trojans scored 31 points while compiling a total of 417 yards offensively which included 392 passing yards and 25 rushing yards while allowing 13 points and 437 total yards defensively which included 276 passing yards and 161 rushing yards. Gunnar Watson led the team in passing, completing 26 of 39 attempts for 392 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for another touchdown. Kimani Vidal led the team in rushing with 18 carries for 40 yards. Jabre Barber led the team in receiving, catching 12 of 13 targets for 190 yards and a touchdown.

BookMaker has the Troy Trojans listed as 6.5-point favorites at home against the South Alabama Jaguars on Thursday evening in week 10 of the college football season. Troy has won seven of the last ten including the previous five meetings in a row while going 6-4 ATS in the last ten and 3-0 ATS in the last three games in the series. The South Alabama Jaguars are 3-5 ATS overall, 2-2 ATS on the road, 1-2 ATS as an underdog, and 2-2 ATS in conference games this season while the Troy Trojans are 4-4 ATS overall, 1-3 ATS at home, 3-3 ATS as a favorite, and 3-1 ATS in conference games on the year.

Troy has been the dominant team in the series, winning the previous five meetings in a row, and has been the better team at covering the spread in the series going 6-4 ATS in the last ten including covering the spread in the last five games in a row. The Trojans have also been one of the best teams in the conference at covering the spread in their conference games going 3-1 ATS in conference games this season. Buy the .5 point and lay the points with the Troy Trojans when they host the South Alabama Jaguars on Thursday evening.

Spooky Express Pick: Troy Trojans -6