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2022 New Orleans Bowl: Western Kentucky vs. South Alabama - How To Watch, Betting Info, Preview

The Hilltoppers face the Jaguars in what could be a tight contest.

NCAA Football: New Orleans Bowl-Middle Tennessee at Appalachian State Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Kickoff time: 9 PM ET

Location: Caesar’s Superdome, New Orleans, LA

TV: ESPN: Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Taylor Davis.

Online Stream:

Radio: WKLX (SAM 100.7 FM) and WWKU (ESPN Radio 102.7 FM) in Bowling Green. Sports Talk 99.5 FM in Mobile.

According to DraftKings, South Alabama is a one-point favorite with the over/under set at 57 points.*

*Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See for details.


  • South Alabama is playing in its first bowl game since the 2016 Arizona Bowl and the third bowl game in school history, also playing in the 2014 Camelia Bowl.
  • The Hilltoppers and Jaguars have only met one time previously. WKU visited South Alabama in 2013 and lost a close battle to the Jags by a score of 31-24.
  • South Alabama running back La’Damian Webb was a First Team All-Sun Belt selection this year after rushing for 1,014 yards and a school-record 13 touchdowns in 11 games this season. Webb, a fourth-year junior, announced earlier this month that he would return to USA for the 2023 season.
  • South Alabama defensive back Yam Banks also earned a First Team All-Sun Belt selection this season. Banks had five interceptions, a sack, and a fumble recovery this year with one touchdown and ten pass deflections.
  • Western Kentucky quarterback Austin Reed, a transfer from DII West Florida, was named the Conference USA Newcomer of the Year this season and was a second-team All-Conference USA selection. Reed completed 353 of 548 passes for a league-high 4,247 yards with 44 total touchdowns. Reed announced earlier this month that he would return to WKU for the 2023 season.
  • Western Kentucky defensive end Juwuan Jones was recently named an academic All-American for the third time in his college football career. Jones was also an All-C-USA Honorable Mention.
  • The game will take place on the first day of the early signing period
  • After a ten-win season, USA head coach Kane Wommack recently signed a contract extension that will keep him with USA through the 2028 season