Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes. The 2015 Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles football program is trying to get back to being what it once was. Head Coach Todd Monken enters his third season with a .167 winning percentage and boosters are getting restless. Eleven starters return from the 3-9 record, 1-7 in C-USA in 2014 and that brings optimism. After starting the season, 2-2 Southern Miss went 0-5 down the stretch. Southern Mississippi plays their home games at the 36,000 seat M. M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Seven starter return on the offensive side of the football. Junior Nick Mullens and TCU Tyler Matthews transfer will compete for the signal calling duties. Both players performed well in the spring game, but Matthews has more ability. The decision is going to be made in fall camp! The offensive line and wide receiver positions have also had upgrades. Senior Michael Thomas will be the go-to guy in the passing game. Junior College transfers Taylor Marini, and Julian Allen will also give the offense another option. The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles went 5-7 on Football Handicappers Picks last season, going over the betting odds total five times and staying under the betting odds total seven.
*The Southern Mississippi offense put up 365.0 yards per game last season, 101st in America.
*Southern Miss had a 1-5 record Against The Spread in Hattiesburg.
*The Golden Eagles fared better on the road, 4-2 ATS.
*The betting odds over total came in three times at home.
*USM went over the betting odds over the twice on the road.
*The Golden Eagles stayed under the betting odds total four times on the road.
*the passing game averaged 269.2 yards per game, 34th in the FBS.
*The 10.0 ppg scored offensively ranked 117th in College Football.
*The Golden Eagles running game averaged 95.8 yards per game, 124th nationally.
The Southern Mississippi defense three starters from last season team. The hardest hit is the defensive line. Sophomores Draper Riley and Rod Cayton will provide a pass rush off of the edges. Brian Anderson anchors the defense from his middle linebacker position. Two junior college transfers take over at safety. Kalan Reed and Cornell Armstrong will man the edges at the cornerback position.
*The 451.4 yards allowed by the USM defense ranked 106th in the nation.
*The Golden Eagles pass defense ranked 84th in the FBS, giving up 235.1 yards per game through the air.
*The 35.4 ppg given up by the Southern Mississippi defense was 111th in the NCAA Football landscape.
*the rush defense ranked 112th in College Football, allowing opponents 216.3 yards per contest.
*Defensive Coordinator David Duggan has some parts to work with, especially with the addition of the JUCO talent.
*Southern Mississippi host Mississippi State to open the season. There is also a trip to Nebraska at the end of September.
Bovada lists Southern Mississippi at over/under four, and a half wins in 2015.
Free Betting Odds Prediction: Southern Miss will go 3-9 in 2015. Also Play Online Poker Plus Other Casino Games and enter some of the best Tournaments on the World Wide Web. Bet Here