Central Michigan Chippewas vs South Alabama Jaguars Prediction, 9/23/2023 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Central Michigan Chippewas vs South Alabama Jaguars
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2023
Location: Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, AL
Odds/Point Spread: Jaguars (-14)
Hancock Whitney Stadium is where the South Alabama Jaguars (2-1) will attempt to defeat the Central Michigan Chippewas (1-2) on Saturday, September 23, 2023. South Alabama is 14-point favorites. The total has been set at 53.5.
The Central Michigan Chippewas come into this matchup with a record of 1-2 for this season. In their last contest, the Chippewas faced the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and took a loss by a score of 41-17. Myles Bailey was the best rusher for the Chippewas with 12 carries for 59 yards (4.9 yds per carry). Jase Bauer finished 10/20 with 137 yards passing. He had a quarterback rate of 107.5 and ended the game without throwing an interception. On the ground, the Chippewas conceded 236 yds on 37 tries, which is an average of 6.4 yds per run allowed. Central Michigan conceded 17 completions on 28 attempts for 342 yds, and a completion percentage of 60.7%. Overall, they ran 54 plays which totaled 268 yards. The Central Michigan Chippewas rushed the ball a total of 34 different times and recorded 131 yds, which earned them an average of 3.9 yds per attempt.
When talking about scoring, the Central Michigan Chippewas have an average of 23.0 PPG. As a unit they hold an average of 163.3 yards rushing which is 65th in Division 1. The Chippewas have tallied 927 total yards over the course of this year. When it comes to getting in the endzone, Central Michigan has earned 3 passing touchdowns and 5 touchdowns via the ground. Central Michigan has accounted for 52 first downs as a team, and they have been flagged for 17 penalties for 161 yards. They have turned the ball over 3 times.
When it comes to yards via the pass, the Chippewas have given up 1,114 yds which ranks them 132nd in the country. They are conceding 371.3 yards per outing via the pass as well as allowing a completion percentage of 59.2%. Over the course of this year, they have surrendered 507.3 yards/game ranking them 130th in college football. They have yielded 9 touchdowns through the air in addition to 6 touchdowns running the ball. They are allowing an average of 5.0 yards per rush and 136.0 yards on the ground per game on the season. During the season, they have allowed 408 running yards through 3 outings. The Chippewas are ranked 126th in college football when it comes to their opponents scoring, conceding 38.0 points per game.
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The Jaguars step onto the field holding a record of 2-1 for this season. When they last played, the Jaguars got the victory with a final of 33-7 when they played the Oklahoma State Cowboys. La'Damian Webb ran the ball 18 times for 151 yards, ending the contest with 8.4 yds per carry for South Alabama. Carter Bradley (2 TDs) finished the contest with 152 yards on 10/16 passing while his quarterback rating was 183.6. He didn't throw any picks and his Y/A was 9.5. South Alabama surrendered 29 attempts on the ground for 94 yards (3.2 yards per rush). The Jaguars pass defense conceded a completion percentage of 45.7%, relinquishing 114 yards on 16 for 35 through the air. The Jaguars finished the game with a total of 395 yds and they ran 63 plays (6.3 yds per play). South Alabama ran the ball for 5.2 yds per carry, finishing with 243 yds on 47 carries.
The South Alabama Jaguars hold an average of 389.7 yards per contest, which is good for 71st in the nation. The South Alabama offense has racked up 180 penalty yds on 21 violations, which ranks 38th in D-1 in terms of giving up free yards. They hold an average of 188.7 yards per game via the ground game and have rushed for 566 yards for the season. They have tossed 3 interceptions while conceding 3 fumbles and they have been able to obtain 59 1st downs. In terms of the points being put on the board, the Jaguars rank 75th in the country with 28.3 points per outing. During this campaign thus far, the Jaguars have thrown for a total of 603 yards via the pass along with an average of 201.0 throwing yards per contest, which has them ranked 95th in the nation.
The Jaguars are relinquishing 20.3 PPG, which puts them 53rd in D-1. South Alabama has given up a total of 298 yards rushing (99.3 yards/game) as well as 2 touchdowns rushing so far this season. This season, they have conceded 61 total points. They have allowed the opposition 5 touchdowns via the pass and 252.7 yards per outing, which has them ranked 101st in the nation. The Jaguars defense has been on the field for 179 plays, which ranks them 21st in Division 1. They have compiled 5 fumbles and 2 picks for the season.
Who will win tonight's Chippewas/Jaguars college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Jaguars -14
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