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Rittenberg favors Air Force
South Alabama has had its ups and downs, beating San Diego State and Mississippi State but struggling on the road. That inconsistency leads ESPN's Adam Rittenberg to favor Air Force in the Arizona Bowl. Bowl Predictions
The Jaguars are making just the second bowl appearance in school history, while the Falcons have made the postseason nine of the past 10 years.
Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer
South Alabama and Louisiana-Lafayette both won on Saturday to finish 6-6, so there will be only two 5-7 teams in postseason bowl games: North Texas and Mississippi State.
Xavier Johnson rushed for 154 yards and three touchdowns, both career bests, and South Alabama became bowl eligible with a 35-28 win over New Mexico State on Saturday.
The door is now open for sub-.500 teams to play in bowls again this season. There are 80 bowl slots to fill, and Saturday's games brought the number of bowl-eligible teams to 74.
Isaiah Saunders ran 23 times for 142 yards and three touchdowns Saturday and Idaho guaranteed itself a bowl game with a 38-31 win over South Alabama.
Can South Alabama sneak into a bowl?
There is only one potential landing spot when it comes to bowl games for the Jaguars, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy. Bowl projections
Xavier Johnson had 116 yards rushing, including a 70-yard TD run to open the scoring, and South Alabama beat Presbyterian 31-7 on Saturday night.
Caleb Evans threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns, including a 7-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Green in overtime to lift Louisiana-Monroe to a 42-35 victory over South Alabama on Saturday nigh
Gavin Patterson kicked a 30-yard field goal with two seconds remaining to lift South Alabama to its first Sun Belt Conference win and a 13-10 victory over Georgia State on Saturday night.
Brandon Silvers passed for a career-high 395 yards and rallied Troy with the final 18 points to beat South Alabama 28-21 on Thursday night.
South Alabama @ Air Force Falcons
Arizona Stadium - Fri 12/30