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LSU Tigers vs. UAB Blazers Free Pick 9/7/13

UAB Blazers (0-1) at LSU Tigers (1-0)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Tiger Stadium)

The Line: LSU Tigers -34.5 -- Over/Under: 54 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The LSU Tigers and the UAB Blazers face off on Saturday in Baton Rouge for a week two college football match up.

It was a gigantic week one win for the LSU Tigers and Head Coach Les Miles as they knocked off the TCU Horned Frogs in the Cowboys Classic. It was a toe to toe war with TCU for the bulk of their week one games but in the end LSU was the better team and in many ways looked better than they have in the past two years. QB Zach Mettenberger completed just 50 percent of his passes but when LSU needed him most he delivered throwing his only TD pass late in the fourth quarter. Terrance Magee rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns and Alfred Blue ran for 89 yards as the Tigers continue to be stacked at running back. Jarvis Landry had eight catches for 109 yards and Odell Beckham Jr. had five catches for 118 yards marking the first time LSU had two 100 yard receivers in a game since 2001. The LSU defense held TCU to just 259 yards of total offense and making every down tough. Craig Loston, Jermauria Rasco, ad Jalen Mills each had five tackles with Mills having an interception. UAB should be a much easier opponent for LSU but the Tigers are going to need to avoid playing down to their competition, something that has plagued them in the past at times.

LSU Tigers vs. UAB Blazers Free Pick 9/7/13

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The UAB Blazers appeared to be on their way to a win in week one against Troy but they couldn’t seal the deal and ended up losing in overtime. QB Austin Brown threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns without throwing an interception. Darrin Reaves carried the ball 23 times rushing for 110 yards and he caught two passes as well. Jamarcus Nelson was the star of the day for UAB as he caught 10 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns and he ran a kick back for 197 yards for another TD for 367 all-purpose yards, a Blazers record. As good as the offense was the defense allowed 497 yards and the two TD’s in the fourth quarter that forced overtime. Jake Ganus had 10.5 tackles, Destin Challenger had 5.5 tackles, and Calvin Jones had five tackles. The task only gets tougher for UAB this week as they face an offense loaded with All Americans and NFL prospects.

LSU is 2-6 against the spread following a win and 3-9-1 against the spread against a team with a losing road record. UAB is 4-9 against the spread following a game in which they allowed more than 450 yards and 0-4 against the spread on natural grass.

LSU seems to have a game like this every year where they are far superior than their opponent but coming off of a big win they play well enough to win decisively but they don’t get the cover, I believe they don’t cover the five touchdowns here.

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