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Arizona Bowl: Air Force vs. South Alabama Prediction, Preview, Spread

Looking for an Air Force vs. South Alabama preview? Stick around. We’ve got all of the pre-game analysis before the matchup.

Friday, Dec. 30, the Air Force Falcons take on the South Alabama Jaguars. The game, to be played at Arizona Stadium, is slated for a 5:30 p.m. ET start time. Read on for our Air Force vs. South Alabama preview.

According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Air Force wins the matchup between the two teams 77.4% of the time. The spread also favors the Falcons.

Spread: Air Force -12.5

Game Time: 5:30 p.m. ET

Air Force vs. South Alabama preview:

Remember when Mississippi State lost its home opener? Yeah, that was this South Alabama team that went into the Bulldogs home territory and brought the game to them. The Jaguars sat at 5-6 on the season and were in danger of missing out on a bowl game. However, they battled New Mexico State and fought their way into a bowl. Their reward? A very solid Air Force team.

It was a streaky season for Air Force that was highlighted by a few major wins. The Falcons opened the season with four straight wins, one of which came over Navy. Then Air Force lost three straight to less-than-stellar opponents. The Falcons righted the ship, however, as they won five straight games to close out the season, including the season finale against Boise State.

These two programs have never played each other before, so bragging rights are on the line.

Air Force vs. South Alabama prediction:

Air Force does one thing very well. It's the same thing South Alabama does not defend well against. Running the football.

Air Force averages over 300 yards per game on the ground while South Alabama gave up over 220 yards per game on the ground.

Advantage, Air Force.

Air Force 31, South Alabama 23