Cowboys Remain In National Spotlight With Friday Night Lights In Mobile
WHO: South Alabama Jaguars
WHEN: Friday, September 8th @ 7:00 PM CT
WHERE: Mobile, Alabama
HOW TO WATCH: ESPN 2
SCOUTING South Alabama: The Jaguars traveled to Oxford, Mississippi a week ago and were handled by Ole Miss 47-27, and the game was never even that close. The Rebels tore through the South Alabama defense with 531 total yards of offense on 8.3 yards per play. South Alabama scored 14 points late to make the game look somewhat respectable, but Ole Miss called the dogs off after a 47-13 lead in the fourth quarter.
South Alabama made some national noise a year ago by shocking Mississippi State on the road in their season opener. The Jaguars also took down then No. 19 San Diego State in Mobile just four weeks later. Surprisingly, South Alabama skidded towards the finish line by losing five of their last eight games to a 6-7 season.
Safety Jeremy Reaves is the one to remember on defense–the senior tallied eight tackles with two tackles for loss in their opener last week. Reaves was an all-conference player as a corner a year ago and has switched to safety in 2017. However, many think that the Jaguars’ defensive line unit may be their most improved unit on the team. The young guns for South Alabama were thrown into the fire in 2016 after injuries derailed their first unit, who are now back, and gained a whole lot of experience. They also add in multiple transfers from power five schools to bolster a deep group that only gave up 102 yards on the ground against Ole Miss.
The Jaguars offense may be the most questionable group heading into this game. They will play newcomers all across the skill positions, specifically at quarterback with Cole Garvin who beat out Dallas Davis, an all-conference player in 2016. Garvin did look good last week, going 19-31 for 204 yards and a touchdown in his first game. Tra Minter made his debut at running back with 12 rushes for 86 yards, but the entire committee of backs had an impressive showing with 4.6 yards a carry.
Oklahoma State can “out class” South Alabama tonight as their talent is likely too much to handle. The Cowboys are back on national television again and are trying to keep nudging the national media that they are real. However, Mike Gundy and company better take the Jaguars serious as anything can happen on a week night in college football.