Southern vs Alcorn State 2019 SWAC Championship Odds & Prediction.

Southern vs Alcorn State 2019 SWAC Championship Odds & Prediction

Written by on December 5, 2019

A spot in the Celebration Bowl is at stake on Saturday afternoon in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship Game when Southern University visits Alcorn State, which is a regular in the SWAC title game. Let’s find out who’s offering a better value on the latest NCAAF Odds.

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Southern vs Alcorn State Last Meeting

These schools met at Alcorn State on Oct. 26 and the Braves won 27-13 in a rematch of the 2018 Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship game. Felix Harper threw for 277 yards and accounted for three touchdowns and Alcorn State scored 24 consecutive points in the second half.

Trailing 6-3 early in the third quarter, Harper scored on a 1-yard run for a 10-6 lead. Later in the second half, he threw four yards to De’Shawn Waller for a touchdown, Corey McCullough kicked a 31-yard field goal and Harper threw for another touchdown — 11 yards to LeCharles Pringle. The Jaguars were held to 209 yards of total offense.

Why Bet on Southern?

Southern clinched the SWAC West Division title last week with a 30-28 win over rival Grambling in the Bayou Classic. Ladarius Skelton passed for two touchdowns and Southern blocked a field goal with 5 seconds left. The Jaguars (8-4, 6-1) were down 21-3 in the second quarter. After scoring 21 in the first 24 minutes, Grambling managed just seven points the rest of the way.

With 10 seconds illuminating from the clock inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Grambling lined up to kick the potential game-winning, 40-yard field goal. Southern senior Joe Davis leaped up and blocked senior place kicker Miguel Mendez’s try to seal the win.

“(Southern senior defensive tackle) Dakavion Champion got a push and I got my pads up and was able to block the field goal,” Davis said after Southern’s win. “He got the lineman off balance and I got a piece of it.”

More Background

Skelton completed 18-of-25 passes for 181 yards with those two scores and no interceptions. He was named the game’s MVP for the second year in a row. Both Touchdowns went to Hunter Register who led the Jaguars with seven catches for 75 yards.

Devon Benn added 66 yards off 11 carries. Running back Jarod Sims ran for 89 yards and two scores on just 17 carries for the Jaguars, including a 36-yard run that proved to be the go-ahead score with 14:11 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Southern defense held its ground in the second half led by senior linebacker Calvin Lunkins with 11 tackles and two QB hurries, Caleb Carter and Montavius Gaines finished the night with nine stops each.

Southern has won seven of its last eight games. Southern last won the SWAC title in 2013, beating Jackson State 34-27 and also lost to Alcorn, 38-24, in 2014 in addition to last year.

Team Stats

  • Points per game: 33.6
  • Total Points: 403
  • Total Touchdowns: 54

Why Bet on Alcorn State?

Alcorn State is in the SWAC title game for a sixth straight year and has won three of them, including 37-28 over Southern last year. Alcorn has won 9 of the last 10 matches against SU. It includes wins in the 2014 & 2018 SWAC Championships. The Braves are 39-27-2 all-time against the Jaguars.

The Braves have been off since a 41-6 win over Jackson State to close the regular season. Alcorn (8-3, 6-1 SWAC) raced out to a 31-0 halftime lead, which was never in doubt in the second half. The Braves outgained the Tigers 390-146 in total yards and 116-6 in rushing. Junior Felix “Triggerman” Harper threw for 274 yards and four touchdowns, and also rushed for a touchdown. Senior Chris Blair registered 136 receiving yards and a score, while junior LeCharles Pringle tallied 63 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore Juan Anthony Jr. also registered a receiving touchdown.

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Pringle is up to 13 TDs on the season. He’s one shy of the single-season school record of 14 set by Tim McNair Sr. in 1994. Harper now has 2,387 passing yards, 29 touchdowns and just five interceptions this season.

Southern vs Alcorn State is going to be a close one.

Alcorn finished the season as the top defensive team in the SWAC for the regular season, passing Southern as the top defense against the rush. The Braves allowed 19.3 points per game, the only team with a sub 20-point average. Southern was third (24.9) behind Grambling State (22.4). Alcorn allowed only 328.5 yards per game, tops in the league.

The Braves went a perfect 4-0 against the SWAC East Division. They are 18-2 against the division over the last five seasons. After four regular seasons, Fred McNair carries a 22-8 SWAC record. The Braves are now 20-0 when leading at halftime since 2017. The Braves are looking to go undefeated at Jack Spinks-Marino Casem Stadium for the fifth time in school history, and the first time since 2002.

Team Stats

  • Points per game: 32.2
  • Total Points: 354
  • Total Touchdowns: 46

Expert Final Score Prediction for Southern vs Alcorn State

Southern 17 – Alcorn State 27

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