Southern Miss vs Tulane 2020 Armed Forces Bowl Odds, Preview & Pick

Southern Miss vs Tulane 2020 Armed Forces Bowl Odds, Preview & Pick

Written by on January 3, 2020

The Southern Mississippi Eagles and Tulane Green Wave will both be looking to cap off their respective seasons in style when they square off in the 2020 Armed Forces Bowl on Saturday. With both teams closing out their regular seasons with discouraging losing streaks, let’s find out which team is offering the best value against their college football odds.

Southern Miss vs Tulane 2020 Armed Forces Bowl Odds, Preview & Pick

Weather Forecast

  • Sunny: 9°C/48°F
  • Humidity: 59%
  • Precipitation: 1%
  • Wind: 6 mph N
  • Cloud Cover: 0%
  • Type of Stadium: Open

Why Bet On Southern Mississippi?

The Golden Eagles went 6-2 over their previous eight games, but comes into the Armed Forces Bowl off consecutive losses after falling to Western Kentucky 28-10 at home as a 3-point favorite and then losing to Florida Atlantic 34-17 in its finale.

Southern Miss quarterback Jack Abraham committed a whopping five turnovers (four interceptions) that directly led to several of the Owls’ scores.

The news is that Southern Miss has an solid defense that finished just outside the national top 50 in points allowed and 36th in total yards allowed.  Southern Miss is making its first appearance in the Armed Forces Bowl and is looking for its first bowl game win since taking down Louisiana-Lafayette in the 2016 New Orleans Bowl.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 27.75
  • Total Yards: 411.00
  • Pass Yards: 288.58
  • Rush Yards: 122.42
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 25.92
  • Total Yards: 349.50
  • Pass Yards: 238.08
  • Rush Yards: 111.42

Why Bet On Tulane?

Tulane was looking good by going 5-1 over their first six games, but the Green Wave blew their shot at reaching American Athletic Conference championship game by losing three straight to finish off their regular season including a convincing 37-20 loss at SMU in their finale. More importantly, Tulane allowed a whopping average of 35.7 points over the final six games.

Still, there’s some decent news in the fact that their five losses this season came against bowl-bound teams.

Tulane is led by senior quarterback Justin McMillan, who passed 2,229 yards while adding 704 rushing yards and accounting for 26 touchdowns. The Green Wave are making their second straight bowl appearance under coach Willie Fritz. And despite their late-season struggles, Fritz has some high hopes for finishing with a win.

“I really feel like we’re an improved team from last year,” Fritz told reporters. “It may not have showed toward the end of the season, but we played a lot of great teams down the stretch. It’s another part of building a program, getting better and getting yourself on the map.”

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 33.33
  • Total Yards: 455.16
  • Pass Yards: 205.33
  • Rush Yards: 249.83
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 27.42
  • Total Yards: 378.50
  • Pass Yards: 214.00
  • Rush Yards: 164.50

2020 Armed Forces Bowl Betting Trends Southern Miss vs Tulane

  • Tulane is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 games
  • Tulane is 1-5 SU in the last 6 games
  • The total went UNDER in 5 of Tulane’s last 6 games against an opponent in the Conference USA conference
  • Southern Miss is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 games following a ATS loss.
  • Southern Miss is 2-5 ATS in the last 7 games on grass
  • The total went UNDER in 5 of Southern Miss’ last 5 games

Southern Miss vs Tulane Expert Analysis and Prediction

Tulane might have played some awful football down the stretch run of the regular season, but the Green Wave have the more potent offense in this affair while Southern Miss often struggles to find the end zone as evidenced by the fact that they were limited to a grand total of 27 points over their last two. While Golden Eagles have gone an uninspiring 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 Bowl games, Tulane has managed to go a perfect 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss and a bankroll-boosting 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite.

While Southern Miss has gone a stellar 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings against Tulane, Southern Miss quarterback Jack Abraham looked completely inept the last time he took the field and I don’t believe the month off since that last outing is going to help him much in this matchup. I say keep it simple and go with the approximately 66 percent of public bettors that are backing the Tulane Green Wave to get it done in this season-ending affair.

Pick: Tulane 35 Southern Miss 24