South Alabama vs. Eastern Michigan: 68 Ventures Bowl Betting Picks, Predictions and Tips – December 23, 2023

Written By PlayPicks Staff on December 8, 2023

In this season’s 68 Ventures Bowl, the Eastern Michigan Eagles are heavy underdogs (+16.5) against the South Alabama Jaguars. Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama will host the matchup on December 23, 2023, starting at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN. The over/under is set at 46 in the outing.

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South Alabama vs. Eastern Michigan Odds

Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
South Alabama -16.5 -110 -110 46 -112 -108

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Computer Pick

Computer picks for South Alabama vs Eastern Michigan
ATS Total Score prediction
South Alabama (-16.5) Over (46) South Alabama 34 Eastern Michigan 14

Predictions are calculated by a data-driven algorithm (raw power score) that ranks head-to-head matchup results within a closed network of games. Prediction confidence is determined by the delta between each team’s raw power score.

Team Stat Comparison

South Alabama Eastern Michigan
Off. Points per Game (Rank) 30.9 (52) 20.3 (114)
Def. Points per Game (Rank) 21.9 (34) 24.0 (50)
Turnovers Allowed (Rank) 13 (70) 11 (40)
Turnovers Forced (Rank) 16 (23) 8 (118)

South Alabama vs. Eastern Michigan Betting Insights

South Alabama Stats and Trends

  • South Alabama has put together a 4-8-0 record against the spread this season.
  • The Jaguars have covered the spread once when favored by 16.5 points or more this season (in two opportunities).
  • So far this season, six of South Alabama’s 12 games have hit the over.
  • The Jags and their opponents have combined to score more than 46 points in eight of 12 games this season.
  • USA has an average total of 51.2 in their matchups this year, 5.2 more points than this game’s over/under.

Eastern Michigan Stats and Trends

  • Eastern Michigan is 6-5-1 ATS this year.
  • The Eagles have covered the spread once when an underdog by 16.5 points or more this year (in two opportunities).
  • So far this year, six of Eastern Michigan’s 12 games with a set number have hit the over.
  • Eagles games this season have had a combined scoring total higher than 46 points in five of 12 outings.
  • EMU has a 45.6-point average over/under in their outings this season, 0.4 fewer points than this game’s point total.

South Alabama Players to Watch

  • Carter Bradley leads the team with 2,660 passing yards (241.8 yards per game) and has a 67.8% completion percentage this year (221-of-326) while throwing 19 touchdowns with seven interceptions.
  • La’Damian Webb has run for a team-high 1,007 yards on 186 carries (91.5 yards per game) and 16 touchdowns.
  • Kentrel Bullock has run for 380 yards on 77 carries (38.0 yards per game), with three touchdowns on the ground this year.
  • Caullin Lacy has 91 catches, leading his team with 1,316 yards (109.7 ypg) while scoring seven touchdowns this season.
  • Jamaal Pritchett has also chipped in with 756 yards on 49 catches and six touchdowns. He averages 68.7 receiving yards per game this year.
  • This season Damarcus Thomas has caught 24 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 26.5 receiving yards per game.

Eastern Michigan Players to Watch

  • This year, Austin Smith has collected 1,775 passing yards (147.9 yards per game) while going 171-for-298 (57.4% completion percentage) and throwing nine touchdowns and seven interceptions. He has added 134 rushing yards on 101 carries with two touchdowns, averaging 11.2 yards per game.
  • Samson Evans has picked up a team-best 635 rushing yards (52.9 per game) and 12 touchdowns.
  • Jaylon Jackson has run for 574 yards on 125 carries (47.8 yards per game), with two touchdowns on the ground this year. He also has 22 catches for 221 yards (18.4 per game) and two touchdowns.
  • Tanner Knue has reeled in 50 passes for a team-best 479 yards while scoring three touchdowns. He averages 43.5 yards per game.
  • JB Mitchell III’s stat line this year shows 35 catches for 398 yards and one touchdown. He puts up 36.2 receiving yards per game.
  • This season Hamze Elzayat has caught 25 passes for 370 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 33.6 receiving yards per game.

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