The Jaguars look to make the most of their second bowl trip in the five-year history of Division I football at the school as they take on Air Force in the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl in Tucson. South Alabama is in search of its first bowl win ever after losing the Camellia Bowl two seasons ago.
South Alabama (6-6) vs. Air Force (9-3)
Dec. 30, 2016
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona
How to watch
Game time: 5:30 p.m. ET
TV channel: American Sports Net
Live stream: You can live stream the game here.
Players to watch
Senior tight end Gerald Everett was the go-to target in the passing game for South Alabama with 49 receptions for 717 yards and four touchdowns. Everett’s touchdowns were sliced in half from last season, but he set a career-high in yards.
Running the football has been the identity for Air Force this season, as Jacobi Owens leads four Falcons rushers with at least 600 yards with 785 of his own and three touchdowns.
South Alabama needs a win to finish the season with seven victories — setting a new Division I program record.
These teams have never met as Division I foes.
The Jaguars have no streaks — winning or losing — over two games all season long, as they finished 6-6 (2-6 Sun Belt) overall.
Air Force was streaky all season, opening the season with a four-game winning streak, a three-game losing streak, and a five-game winning streak to close the season 9-3 (5-3 Mountain West).
Owens forms a formidable backfield quartet for the Falcons with Timothy McVey (667 yards, 10 touchdowns), D.J. Johnson (617 yards, two touchdowns) and Arion Worthman (603 yards, six touchdowns).
Air Force has nearly three times as many rushing touchdowns (35) as passing scores (13) this season.
The Falcons are in search of their second 10-win season in the last three years and are playing in their third straight bowl game and ninth in the last 10 seasons.
In Air Force’s last eight bowl trips, it has a record of 3-5.
This is just the second-ever Arizona Bowl; last year, Nevada beat Colorado State 28-23.
Jaguars safety Kalen Jackson is questionable with an ankle injury.
Falcons quarterback Nate Romine is questionable with an ankle injury.