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Posted at 10:45 AM EST odds are subject to change.
UAB +101 over UTSA
Protective Stadium, Birmingham, AL
3:30 PM EST. UTSA has ripped off six wins in its last seven games, including five straight. Most recently, the Roadrunners have knocked off Western Kentucky, Florida International, and North Texas. While winning is nice, UTSA was fortunate to squeak past Mean Green and WKU, as those two wins came by a combined seven points. The Roadrunners have a presence in the market, as coach Jeff Traylor has turned them into conference champions and will be moving this squad to the AAC next season.
The status of UAB quarterback Dylan Hopkins, who missed last week’s game because of a concussion has been the story in advance of this game, but all reports suggest he’ll play barring a major setback, Even if Hopkins stubs his toe, or falls down a flight of stairs, we’re all over the Blazers here. Backup Jacob Zeno played well enough last week that it’s no bother. Both quarterbacks are mobile and so the game plan will not change.
UAB is a running team anyway, more specifically they are DeWayne McBride’s team. McBride has those Sunday cuts and is going to be one of, if not, the most sought-after running back come April. He leads the country in yards per game, has racked up 1,146 yards total, and he’s scored 12 touchdowns. The Blazers' running attack ranks fourth in the nation at 246.5 yards per game.
The Blazers have lost two in a row, but those games were the one where Hopkins was hurt v WKU (and they still had a chance to win on a late fourth quarter drive in both games. The Blazers are capable of racking up 500 yards on any conference foe. They’ll wear you down and run you over with a ground game that is near impossible to stop. UTSA’s defense is in line to get completely worn out after surrendering tons of yards and points over the past month. We have to question whether the Roadrunners have anything left in the tank this week. There's a lot going on in this matchup, and if it all comes together, it could be something handicappers are always seeking: a spot where, independent of the opponent, one side is ripe to be faded (UTSA) and the other is on the verge of its best game (UAB).
UAB +101 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 2.02)