Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. UAB Blazers - 11/29/14 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UAB Blazers (5-6) at Southern Miss Golden Eagles (3-8)
College Football: Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 3:30 pm (MM Roberts Stadium)
The Line: Southern Miss Golden Eagles +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
M.M. Roberts Stadium and the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles host the Alabama-Birmingham Blazers.
Alabama-Birmingham can become Bowl eligible with a season ending victory at Southern Mississippi but my gut tells me they have lost their shot with losses four of five. The Blazers left it all on the field in a 23-18 loss to visiting Marshall in the Thundering Herd's only real test of the season. The Blazers led 18-17 before Marshall recovered a fumble in the endzone midway through the 4th to win it. Marshall racked up 515 yards but couldn't beat the bend but don't break defense of the Blazers. On the flip side UAB totaled 346 yards and had their own scoring issues. Jordan Howard's running kept things close as he totaled 169 yards on 39 carries with a pair of touchdowns while Cody Clements didn't get the ball downfield with 141 passing yards.
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Although the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles have taken a few steps in the right direction their record says there are more steps to be taken. The Golden Eagles head in to the final week of the season riding a four game losing following a 12-10 defeat at Texas-San Antonio with the Roadrunners hitting 38 yard field goal with two seconds remaining. UTSA were able to run and throw a little on their way to 344 yards while Southern Miss never got going on the ground with less then 60 yards and barely more then two yards per carry. The Golden Eagles turned to the passing of Nick Mullens and he did quite well completing 21-33 for 257 yards with a 22 yard scoring strike to Markese Triplett while tossing an interception.
The over is 6-0 in Blazers last 6 vs. a team with a losing record and is 5-0 in Blazers last 5 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game while going 7-0 in Blazers last 7 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game. For Southern Mississippi the Golden Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game and are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games while going 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on turf. Head to head the underdog is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings while the Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. I can see either team covering here so I'm not real fond of this one but I'm going with the better team for now...