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Southern vs. Texas Southern: Game Preview and 9Picks Prediction

Southern head coach Dawson Odums (Source: WAFB) Southern head coach Dawson Odums (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The Southern Jaguars (5-2, 5-0) are back home this weekend, looking for their sixth straight victory of the season.   

Texas Southern is 3-5 overall this year and 3-3 in SWAC play.

Wins: Mississippi Valley State (31-0), Alabama State (31-27), Alabama A&M (34-13) 
Losses: Prairie View (29-25), Houston Baptist (24-20), Alcorn State (23-20), Jackson State (21-13), Sam Houston State (66-17)

THE STATISTICAL MATCHUP:

PER GAME Southern TX Southern
Scoring Offense 40.4 23.9
Rushing Offense 190.1 103.8
Passing Offense 271.0 205.5
Total Offense 461.1 309.3
Scoring Defense  30.7 27.6
Rushing Defense  223.1 147.5
Passing Defense 209.4 240.5
Total Defense 432.5 388.0

Players to watch for the Tigers:

OFFENSIVE LEADERS:
Quarterback: 
Averion Hurts has completed 112 out of 220 passes with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions.Hurts has also rushed for 145 yards and three touchdowns.

Running Back:
Brad Woodard is averaging 4.3 yards per carry. The freshman running back has rushed for 260 yards and three touchdowns.      

Tylor Cook has rushed for 199 yards on 67 carries and has crossed the goal line three times.      

Receiving:
Tracy Johnson has caught 26 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns.       

Austin Watts is averaging 19.3 yards per catch, with a long of 66 yards and three touchdowns.   

DEFENSIVE LEADERS:
Defensive back Sean Jones has 56 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and one sack. 

Defensive lineman Damond King leads the team with four sacks. He also has three quarterback hurries, 34 tackles and one forced fumble.      

Defensive backs Demetrius Johns and Dondre Dobbins have two interceptions apiece.

Kickoff between Southern and Texas Southern is set for 4 p.m. in A.W. Mumford Stadium.

9Picks Prediction: Southern 43, Texas Southern: 20     

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