NEW ORLEANS BOWL
Arkansas St. Indians vs. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
Arkansas St. endorsed to the Sun Belt Conference Championship because of some reduction by UL-Monroe within its final esports game of the year. Winning the closing games is what champions do but there were some close calls. They won four of the five conference games with a touchdown or not a 5-2 finish could easily have been 25. The Indians played the best schedule in 1-A this particular season.
Southern Mississippi is going to soon be making its second straight day at the New Orleans Bowl after finished 6-5 for its 2nd successive year. The Golden Eagles were assumed to function as the class of their C USA East Division and it looked as if the title game was a given but declines in three or four matches by a combined nine points hurried those dreams. Even a 17-point loss to Tulsa was the only loss by double digits and despite winning its final match of the summer season over Tulane, the motivation of this team is a enormous question mark.
After scoring 215 points in its first six games, Arkansas St. managed just 60 points at its final five games. It ended the season ranked 69th in scoring offense and 59th altogether offense. The Indians do bring a good rushing game, the 2nd best in the Sun Belt and 24th overall in the nation. They surpassed 200 yards on the ground in a few of these 1-A matches but only one time in their final five matches. But, that type of rushing game might be an issue for Southern Mississippi who finished 78th in the country in rushing defense.
The Golden Eagles didn’t have the same stifling defense for decades past but the crime had been adequate to bond it out the majority of the time. They scored 21 or more points twice and their 29.5 ppg was beneficial to 41st in the nation. There is no running game to talk about since they ended 106th in the country in rushing offense and gained over 100 yards on the ground in just five games on the year. Southern Mississippi was outgained in among its final eight matches for example six times on the ground.
The Indians were just 1-5 on the road this season and 2-4 contrary to the number in those games. They covered just once in four attempts as underdogs with the one win coming as 24.5-point dogs in Oklahoma St. The over came though in seven of 10 lined games but the recent series of no offense is a problem for this run to last. The Golden Eagles dropped their final three matches against the number and so were just 24 ATS on the growing season when laying points. The under had been 4-2 if the posted total was 50 points or more.