The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles will look to pull off the big ‘upset’ over the Washington Huskies and cap off their campaign off with a bowl game victory when they battle in the 2015 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl on Saturday afternoon, live from the Cotton Bowl at 2:20 PM ET. Now, let’s find out if the Eagles will soar high or whether they’ll get their wings clipped in a classic NCAAF betting contest that features one of the most explosive offenses in the country against one of the nation’s stingiest defenses.
Washington vs. Southern Miss Heart of Dallas Bowl Odds Analysis
When: 2:20 PM ET, Saturday, December 26, 2015
Where: Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, Texas
NCAAF Odds: Washington -8.5
— Heart of Dallas Bowl (@HODBowl) December 23, 2015
Bet The Southern Miss Golden Eagles at +8.5 Because…
The Golden Eagles can score the ball with any team in the country! Southern Miss (9-4 SU, 10-3 ATS) had its six-game winning streak snapped in their humbling 45-28 road loss against Western Kentucky in the Conference USA title game, but have an offense that can score the ball with any team in the country.
Quarterback Nick Mullens had a history-making campaign but struggled mightily the last time out in tossing three interceptions. Mullens completed 63.4 percent of his passes for 4,145 yards with 36 touchdowns and just a dozen interceptions.
Wide receiver Casey Martin lads the team with 74 catches for 855 yards and seven touchdowns while senior running back Jalen Richard rushed for 1,098 yards and 14 touchdowns while averaging a healthy 5.9 yards per carry while sophomore back Ito Smith added 1,088 yards rushing and eight scores while averaging 7.0 yards per carry.
The Golden Eagles average a whopping 40.6 points per game (13th) while allowing 24.2 points per contest defensively (46th).
Bet The Washington Huskies at -8.5 Because…
They’ve got an elite defense! Washington (6-6 SU, 7-5 ATS) needed victories over Oregon State and Washington State in the season’s final two weeks to become bowl eligible – and they got them. Now, the Huskies
Quarterback Jake Browning has tossed five TD passes in his last three games and has completed 62.7 percent of his passes this season for 2,671 yards with 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.Wide receivers Jaydon Mickens and Joshua Perkins have combined for 1,067 receiving yards and five touchdowns while running back Myles Gaskin led the rushing attack with 1,121 yards and 10 touchdowns t set a new school record for a freshman runner.
Defensively, Washington has limited its opponents to just 17.8 points per game while limiting three of their last five opponents to 10 points or less. Linebacker Azeem Victor leads the Huskies with 88 tackles while defensive back Sidney Jones has four interceptions and linebacker Travis Feeney, seven sacks.
The Huskies average 29.5 points per game (61st) while limiting their opponents to just 17.8 points per contest defensively to rank 12th in the nation.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
While Washington has gone 5-1 ATS in their last six games in the month of December, Southern Miss is a perfect 6-0 ATS in their last half-dozen non-conference games, a blistering 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an SU loss.
Southern Miss may not play the same caliber of competition that Washington does in the Pac-12, but I like the explosive Golden Eagles to get the ATS cover.
My Pick: Southern Miss 27 Washington 21