UAB Blazers (8-4) at Ohio Bobcats (8-4)
College Football: Friday, December 22, 2017 at 12:30 pm (Thomas Robinson Stadium)
The Line: Ohio Bobcats -8 -- Over/Under: 60.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Bahamas Bowl features a strong college football matchup between the Ohio Bobcats and the UAB Blazers.
The Alabama-Birmingham Blazers are the comeback team of the year after having the program ended for a few seasons and then going 8-4 with a Bowl in the first year back. UAB accomplished the feat behind a solid rushing attack and a defense controlled the scoreboard. The Blazers averaged 29.6 points on 364.7 yards but did the majority of their damage on the ground which accounted for 190.2 yards as the team threw sparingly. The defensive side of the football allowed 24.3 points and 358.5 yards with the #22 passing ‘D’ giving up 188 yards.
Quarterback AL Erdely was outstanding when he did throw as he completed 61.8% of his throws for 2,077 yards for 16 touchdowns and just a mere four interceptions. Andre Wilson topped the Blazers receiving corps with 619 yards with Collin Lisa totaling 29 catches for 384 yards. Spencer Brown was Alabama-Birmingham’s workhorse on the ground with 1,292 yard on 237 carries and a 5.5 yard average.
The Ohio Bobcats reputation as a grind it out offense still fits but it also mixed in some explosiveness with the team scoring 38.9 points. Ohio totaled 433.6 yards with the #14 rushing attack averaging 245.8 yards. The Bobcats defense gave up 25.8 points on a very good 373.2 yards but the secondary was almost non-existent against the pass with the opposition averaging almost 262 yards.
Ohio quarterback Nathan Rourke was just a 54% passer but he threw for 2,031 yards and 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions while totaling 877 yards on 134 rushes with 21 scores. AJ Ouellette led the Bobcats on the ground with 985 yards on 185 carries while Dorian Brown added 605 yards on 99 touches. Ohio didn’t have a go to receiver with Rourke spreading the ball around a bit but Papi White led the receiving corps with 520 yards on 31 catches.
Over is 4-0 in UAB last 4 Friday games and UAB are 5-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and over is 9-1 in Blazers last 10 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game. Over is 3-0-1 in Bobcats last 4 games following a straight up loss and over is 5-0 in Ohio last 5 non-conference games and Ohio are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games.
On paper the Bobcats appear to have the advantage with their pounding ground game but UAB seems to rise to the occasion with some veteran playmakers. I love both teams but for now I’ll take the points…