Alcorn State Braves (7-3) vs Southern Jaguars (8-3)Date : 12/01/2018
Time : 4:30 pm EST
Location : Jack Spinks- Marino casem Stadium, Lorman, Mississippi
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Alcorn State Braves vs Southern Jaguars
The Alcorn State Braves will host the Southern Jaguars on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time at Jack Spinks- Marino Casem Stadium in Lorman, Mississippi, for a Southwestern Athletic Association Conference Championship game. Both teams finished the season strong as Alcorn State ended the season winning four of the last five games with their last win coming versus the Jackson State Tigers in their last outing as De’Shawn Waller ran for 124 yards while quarterback Noah Johnson was 14 of 20 for 177 yards passing with a touchdown for Alcorn State. Finally, Juan Anthony Jr. caught four passes for 67 yards and a touchdown for the Braves as each of these contributions would allow them to play in the SWAC championship game.
On the other hand, the Southern Jaguars ended the season winning five straight games as they were able to pick up a 38-28 win over the Grambling Tigers in their last match up as Grambling attempted a rally in the fourth quarter, yet the Jaguars sealed the victory with a late touchdown drive that allowed them to seal the victory in the end. In all, look for both teams to be focused and intense in this matchup as they will certainly look to get a win in an all-important SWAC matchup this weekend.
Alcorn State Braves's Latest Performance :
While the Southern Jaguars had to fight off a late surge by the Grambling tigers in their last outing, they were able to end the game on a drive that would seal the victory thus allowing them to go on to the SWAC championship to face the Alcorn State Braves this Saturday. Quarterback Ladarius Skleton threw three touchdown passes and passed for 217 yards for the Jaguars while Devon Benn rushing 19 times for 167 rushing yards, including the game’s final touchdown from 2-yards out. Of course, this would not only give the Jaguars the win, but, tons of confidence heading into their matchup this weekend versus the Braves.
Also, with a defense that has allowed only 15 points per game in their last five outings of 2018, Southern will certainly look to establish itself within the trenches versus a Braves team that can certainly put up some yards if given the opportunity. In all, look for the Jaguars to establish themselves on the ground early on offense in which to free up opportunities within their passing attack. On the other hand, they may certainly run into issues as the Braves have fared well in defending the rush all year long.
Southern Jaguars's Latest Performance :
Aside from losses to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, New Mexico State, as well as Alabama State earlier in the season, the Alcorn State Braves have remained consistent throughout the season as not only has their offense been able to put up big numbers during this time, but the defense is also been able to limit opponents to the tune of 17 points per game during their current winning streak. With that being said, the Braves are led by quarterback Noah Johnson who has put up a tad less than 2000 yards on the season along with having 15 touchdown passes compared to eight interceptions in 2018. As stated, he passed 177 yards and a TD in his last outing versus Jackson State yet the rushing attack was indeed the major catalyst in the win as their leading rusher in Waller finishing the game with well over a hundred yards while leading the team for the season with 887 yards on the ground this season along with nine scores.
Finally, Chris Blair leads Alcorn State in receiving with 487 yards on the season along with 4 TD’s as he ended the match up with Jackson State with 67 yards receiving along with a score on four receptions for the night. Alcorn State would certainly like to continue their winning ways versus a Southern team that is also been outstanding in their own right in racking up five convincing wins to end their 2018 campaign.
How Alcorn State Braves & Southern Jaguars Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Alcorn State is 8 – 2 ATS while the OU is 4 – 5
Southern is 5 – 4 ATS while the OU is 4 – 3
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be a very interesting SWAC Championship game as the Alcorn State Braves will certainly look forward to facing the Southern Jaguars on Saturday. As stated, each of these teams ended the season on strong notes and will certainly like to cap off their 2018 campaign with a victory with a huge victory. On one hand, look for the Braves to crank up their air attack, first and foremost, against a defense for Southern that has been dominant late in the season. On the other hand, the Jaguars will look to take control of the trenches early, as stated, in which to maintain possession while also building a lead on a dangerous Braves team that can put points up in a hurry.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Southern Jaguars
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Jaguars in this matchup as I believe that Southern has the type of defense that could indeed neutralize Alcorn State long enough in which to allow their offense to put up some points. In other words, expect the defense for the Jaguars to shine in this matchup versus Alcorn State’s quarterback and receiving corps that has really ran up the score on their opponents all year long. Again, Southern will indeed be the strong play in this match up as they will outlast the Braves in the end en route to a huge Championship victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I will look for the under to be the play this match up in that you have two defenses that has played well to end the season. On the other hand, you have an offense in Southern that can indeed score points, however, has a tendency to be inconsistent, at times. Also, with the offense for Alcorn State, you have a unit that can certainly put points on the board yet will be confronted with a huge task in attempting to make some headway versus a stout defense in Southern. In all, look for the under to be the strong play in this matchup on Saturday.
Betting trends for Alcorn State Braves:
- The Jaguars are 4 – 1 ATS in last 5 games
Betting trends for Southern Jaguars:
- The Braves are 5-0 ATS in last five outings
- The over is 4-2 and Braves last six games