Southern Miss Golden Eagles College Football Preview 2021: What Will Happen, Season Prediction
Southern Miss should be a Conference USA contender every year.
The program has a good recent history, reasonably high expectations, and enough production to assume a winning season and bowl appearance every time out. But it hasn’t played for the Conference USA title since 2015 and hasn’t won it since 2011.
Oh sure, every once in a while there’s a clunker – the winless 2012 season and brutal three-year run after that conference championship is front and center – but the program bounced back.
The talent and upside were there last year, too, but the season never got going, the early coaching issues killed the campaign, and it was a bit of a lost year going 3-7.
However, on the plus side, a whole lot of parts got in live work, and now this is a team loaded with veterans for new head man Will Hall.
Set The Southern Miss Golden Eagles Regular Season Win Total At … 7.5
Every new head coach gets a free pass for a year, but … nah.
The Golden Eagles will get rolled by Alabama, but there isn’t another game on the schedule they can’t win.
The West is the easier of the two divisions, at South Alabama, Troy and Grambling is a light and breezy non-conference slate – don’t lose the opener to the Jaguars again, USM – outside of the paycheck game in Tuscaloosa, and again, there’s enough in place to be a title contender.
It’s asking a wee bit much to take the Conference USA championship in Hall’s first season, but as long as it’s in the hunt in mid-November, it’ll be a strong rebound year.