(1-1, 1-1 ATS)
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
(1-1, 0-2 ATS)
The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles will be making a very familiar showing on ESPN’s Friday Night Football betting action, as they play host to the up and coming Kansas Jayhawks.
The Jayhawks had to feel like they were left for dead in the water after the loss to North Dakota State in the home opener two weeks ago. They came out last week and changed all of that, though. Whatever HC Turner Gill said to his troops was fantastic, as Rock Chalk probably ended the National Championship hopes for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets prematurely. GT was knocked off 28-25. With QB Kale Pick sent to the bench, Jordan Webb came in and played well, throwing for 238 yards with three TDs and an INT. The win for Kansas stopped a whopping eight game losing streak in which it went just 1-7 ATS. This could be the best defensive showing that the Jayhawks have shown in quite awhile, as this is a big change from the 92 combined points that were allowed in their final two games of the year last season.
For the Golden Eagles, it had to feel great coming home and beating FCS Prairie View A&M last week. They were simply run over by the South Carolina Gamecocks on the opening night of the year two weeks ago and badly needed a confidence boost before this game, which should act as a good litmus test for just how good this team really is. Southern Miss will be led by QB Austin Davis once again on Friday night, as he looks to shine on the national spotlight. So far this season, Davis has thrown for 416 yards on 68.9 percent completions with just one TD and two picks. The Golden Eagles are averaging 434.0 yards per game though, which is one of the best marks in Conference USA and good enough for 41st in the country. The defense still needs some work, but holding A&M to just seven points and 211 yards of offense was a good start.
These two teams hooked up last year in what amounted to be a fantastic game. The Golden Eagles might have lost 35-28, but they never had a trouble of sticking within the 11.5 point NCAA football lines on the day. Davis had one heck of a day, going 28-of-42 for 331 yards with three scores and a pick, while WR DeAndre Brown had four catches, 85 yards, and a TD. Brown, Davis, and the crew should be able to build off of that game in a big way, as the Golden Eagles should hand Rock Chalk another choke of a loss. KU is just 2-6 ATS in its L/8 NCAA football betting battles against Conference USA. Make it 2-7 after Friday.
Selection: Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles -5.5