Week 12 of college football continues as Southern Miss travels to Martin Stadium to play against UTSA on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 6:00 P.M. This will be the sixth meeting between these two teams. These two teams have not met since last season when the Golden Eagles beat the Roadrunners at home by the score of 27-17.
Southern Miss Looks To Keep C-USA Title Hopes AliveSo far this season, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles have been extremely solid. Specifically, they enter this game with a 6-3 record and a 4-1 record in conference play. As a result, Southern Miss is still in the hunt for a spot in the conference title game but it will need some help as Louisiana Tech is still undefeated in conference play and even beat Southern Miss earlier this season. As a result, the Golden Eagles will need a lot of luck in order to actually win a conference title but that goal is still technically alive which should keep Southern Miss motivated for these remaining conference games. In addition, Southern Miss enters this game in solid form as it has won each of its last two games by at least 14 points. Now, Southern Miss will look to extend that win streak on Saturday.
Leading the Golden Eagles offensively is junior quarterback Jack Abrahamwho has been great this season. He has thrown for 2,634 passing yards and 15 passing touchdowns. In addition, he also has been effective on the ground as he has four rushing touchdowns. However, he has also thrown nine interceptions so he will need to do a better job at limiting turnovers in the future.
Defensively, Southern Miss has been underrated up to this point in the regular season. Specifically, the Golden Eagles are allowing 25.8 points per game which ranks 54th in the nation. In addition, the Golden Eagles are allowing 346.3 yards per game which ranks 35th in the nation. Southern Miss has looked dialed in defensively as of late as it has held each of its last two opponents to a combined eight points so it will look to continue feasting on Saturday.
UTSA Continues To OverachieveThe UTSA Roadrunners have been a pleasant surprise in the C-USA this season. Specifically, the Roadrunners were predicted by oddsmakers to win approximately three games before the season started. Now, UTSA already has four wins through nine games. As a result, that means that UTSA is a serious threat to make a bowl game as it will need to win two of its last three games in order to qualify. In the short-term, all UTSA can worry about it getting back to a .500 record as it will face off against one of the best teams in the conference at home this weekend. Luckily, UTSA enters this game off a close one-point victory against Old Dominion on the road so perhaps some of that momentum can carry over into this game.
Leading the Roadrunners offensively is freshman running back Sincere McCormick who has had an amazing season. Specifically, he has already rushed for 747 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. In addition, he also has been effective in the passing game as he has 18 receptions for 16o receiving yards. If UTSA plans on winning this game, McCormick will need to get into the endzone at least once.
Defensively, UTSA has been one of the worst teams in the entire conference. The Roadrunners are allowing 32.2 points per game which ranks 100th in the nation. In addition, the Roadrunners are allowing 403.4 yards per game which ranks 73rd in the nation. Now, UTSA will look to put together a good defensive performance for 60 minutes in front of its home fans.
Trends found on Covers.com, are:
- Golden Eagles are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games in November.
- Golden Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game.
- Roadrunners are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Roadrunners are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.