South Alabama vs Bowling Green Prediction, Game Preview

By Pete Fiutak

South Alabama vs Bowling Green prediction and game preview.

South Alabama vs Bowling Green Broadcast

Date: Saturday, September 11
Game Time: 4:00 ET
Venue: Doyt L. Perry Stadium, Bowling Green, OH
Network: ESPN+

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Why South Alabama Will Win

Southern Miss is still trying to figure it all out under a new coaching staff, but it shouldn’t have been whacked around 31-7 like it was against South Alabama.

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Former South Carolina and Utah starter Jake Bentley completed 17-of-22 passes for 269 yards. There wasn’t any running game, but it didn’t matter with 31 unanswered points after getting down early.

The D forced takeaways, USA didn’t make a slew of mistakes, and it should all keep on working against a Bowling Green team that’s still in rebuilding mode and got run over by Tennessee 38-6. However …

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Why Bowling Green Will Win

The Falcons won’t have to worry too much about the South Alabama ground attack.

Southern Miss didn’t do a whole lot of things right in the loss, but the defensive front made a whole lot of plays in the backfield and generated a whole lot of pressure on Bentley.

Bowling Green couldn’t get the O going against Tennessee, but the D pressured Joe Milton into a rough 11-of-23 day. The Vols spent the game running the ball, but again, that’s not going to be South Alabama.

QB Matt McDonald should be able to do a whole lot more through the air than Trey Lowe could for Southern Miss.

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What’s Going To Happen

Jake Bentley.

He’s a Power Five-caliber quarterback who has some terrific weapons like Jalen Tolbert to work with against a Bowling Green team that just doesn’t have enough playmakers on D or firepower on O.

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South Alabama vs Bowling Green Prediction, Line

South Alabama 38, Bowling Green 17
Line: South Alabama -14, o/u: 48
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

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