Miami football 26 point early favorite and rising versus Southern Mississippi

Sep 3, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 3, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football team is favored by 26 points over Southern Mississippi heading into Saturday’s game in the early point spread. Miami opened as a 24.5-point favorite when the line was initially released on Sunday according to WynnBet. Miami covered the 48.5 point spread in the 70-13 win over Bethune-Cookman on Saturday.

Wynn Bet has the Miami football team at -3500 and Southern Mississippi at +1300. Southern Mississippi lost 29-27 in four overtimes to Liberty in their season opener at home on Saturday. The Golden Eagles covered as a 3.5-point underdog versus the Flames. At 50, the over/under was not exceeded until overtime.

Liberty and Southern Mississippi were tied at 24 at the end of regulation. The Flames and Golden Eagles kicked field goals in the second overtime. Liberty won the game by converting their two-point conversion and stopping Southern Miss in the fourth OT. Southern Mississippi is led by running back Frank Gore Jr.

The son of the Miami legend had 32 carries for 178 yards and two touchdowns and completed one pass in four attempts for 48 yards against Liberty. Southern Mississippi was 3-9 in 2021 but closed the season with two victories. The Golden Eagles were 4-8 versus the spread in 2021.

Southern Miss was 3-0 as a favorite and 3-0 versus the point spread and 0-9 as an underdog and 1-8 versus the spread. Will Hall is in his second season as head coach at Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles moved from Conference USA to the Sun Belt beginning with the 2022 season.

Expect a lot from Gore on Saturday versus Miami. Southern Miss ran 54 times for 252 yards versus Liberty. The Golden Eagles completed five passes in 13 attempts for 137 yards and three interceptions without a TD versus Liberty. Miami will clearly focus on stopping the run first against Southern Mississippi.

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Miami held Bethune-Cookman to 92 yards rushing and 3.2 yards per carry in the win on Saturday. Bethune-Cookman was able to throw on Miami. The Wildcats completed 14 of 27 pass attempts for 249 yards and their lone TD. Southern Mississippi enters Saturday’s game 113th nationally in pass offense.