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College Football Betting Preview: South Alabama Jaguars vs Tulane Green Wave

September 2, 2023


The South Alabama Jaguars finished last season with their best record in school history with an overall record of 10-3 and a record of 7-1 in the Sun Belt which led to a tie for 1st place in the West Division of the Sun Belt, however, the Jaguars lost the tiebreaker to the Troy Trojans as their lone conference came against the Trojans by a score of 6-10 and an appearance in the New Orleans Bowl against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers which resulted in 23-44 loss. 

This season, the South Alabama Jaguars enter the season with an over/under record of 8 wins which means the Jaguars are projected to make a bowl game for the 2nd consecutive season and based on Vegas odds are projected to be the best team in the Sun Belt Conference as South Alabama is +260 to win the Sun Belt this season.

Tulane finished last season with a record of 12-2 and a record of 7-1 in the AAC which led to a 1st-place finish in the AAC and an appearance in the AAC Championship game against the UCF Knights which resulted in a 45-28 win and an appearance in the Cotton Bowl against the USC Trojans which resulted in a 46-45 win while finishing the season ranked 9th in the AP Poll and 9th in the Coaches Poll. 

Tulane will have a new Offensive Coordinator and Defensive Coordinator after Jim Svoboda retired while Chris Hampton left to become the Defensive Coordinator for the Oregon Ducks with the hiring of Slade Nagle to become the new Offensive Coordinator and Shiel Wood will become the new Defensive Coordinator. 

This season, the Tulane Green Wave enter the season ranked 24th in the AP Poll and 23rd in the Coaches Poll with an over/under win total of 9.5 wins which means the Green Wave are projected to become bowl-eligible for the 2nd consecutive season. Based on Vegas odds, the Tulane Green Wave are projected to be the best team in the AAC for the 2nd season in a row.

BookMaker has the Tulane Green Wave listed as 6.5-point favorites at home against the South Alabama Jaguars on Saturday night in week 1 of the college football season. These teams have faced each other twice before this season with the teams splitting the contests 1-1 while South Alabama has gone 2-0 ATS in those matchups with the most recent matchup coming in 2020 which resulted in a 27-24 win for the Tulane Green Wave while the Jaguars covered the 11.5-point underdogs. 

South Alabama finished last season with a record of 7-6 ATS overall, 4-2 ATS on the road, and 2-0 ATS as an underdog while the Tulane Green Wave finished 12-2 ATS overall, 6-2 ATS at home, and 9-2 ATS as a favorite.

Both teams are projected to be the best teams in their respective conferences as South Alabama has the best odds to win the Sun Belt while Tulane has the best odds to win the AAC. Both games in the series have been competitive as each team has gotten a win while the Jaguars have covered both teams in the series. 

As a result, I am buying the .5 point and taking the South Alabama Jaguars +7 on BookMaker for this matchup on Saturday night.

Spooky Express Pick: South Alabama Jaguars +7

Written By: Daniel Newton