UAB Blazers (4-1) at Rice Owls (1-5)
College Football: Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Rice Stadium)
The Line: Rice Owls +16.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The UAB Blazers and the Rice Owls meet in week 7 C-USA college football action from Rice Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The UAB Blazers will look to build on their strong 4-1 start to the season after back-to-back 28-7 wins, the most recent coming against Louisiana Tech in their last outing. A.J. Erdely has thrown for 907 yards, 5 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 55.4% passing while rushing for 4 more TDs as well. Spencer Brown leads the Blazers with 455 yards rushing with 6 touchdowns while Collin Lisa leads UAB with 18 catches for 232 yards this season. As a team, UAB is averaging 425.8 yards of total offense to go along with 32.6 points per game this season. The Blazers are also stout defensively, allowing just 303.4 yards of total offense including the 2nd-fewest passing yards per game with 134.2 and 17 points per game against this season.
The Rice Owls need a win after losing 5 straight games, including a 20-3 loss to UTSA in their last outing to drop to 1-5 on the year. Shawn Stankavage has thrown for 932 yards on 56.8% passing with 9 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Austin Walter and Emmanuel Esukpa have combined for rush for 875 yards and 6 touchdowns this season while Aaron Cephus leads the Owls with 315 yards receiving with 4 touchdowns and Austin Trammell has a team-high 28 catches this season. As a team, Rice is averaging 356 yards of total offense and 22.7 points per game this season.
UAB is 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 12-2 in their last 14 games overall. Rice is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games while the over is 8-3 in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record. The home team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
The home team has had the all of the success when these two teams meet over the years, but I’m not sure that’ll be the case this time around. Yes, the Owls have a capable QB and a two-pronged ground attack, but the Blazers have been one of the best teams defensively in the country this season and have been money making machines ATS dating back to last season. I’ll side with UAB to buck the trends and get a road win and cover in this one.