UAB Blazers (9-2) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (7-4)
College Football: Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 3:00 pm (Floyd Stadium)
The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders +1.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The UAB Blazers and the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders meet in a week 13 C-USA college football matchup from Johnny Floyd Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The UAB Blazers will look to bounce back after a 41-20 loss to Texas A&M in their last outing, snapping an 8-game winning streak in the process. A.J. Erdely has thrown for 1,449 yards, 7 touchdowns and 6 interceptions while Spencer Brown leads UAB in rushing with 996 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Xavier Ubosi leads UAB with 586 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns while Andre Wilson and Collin Lisa each have a team-high 28 catches with Wilson outgaining Lisa 434 yards to 393. As a team, UAB is averaging 431.9 yards of total offense and 31.9 points per game this season. The Blazers are also tough defensively, sitting top-6 in the country in total yardage (277.5 YPG/5th in FBS), passing yards (157.5 YPG/6th) and scoring defense (15.7 PPG/6th) this season.
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will look to bounce back after having their 4-game winning streak snapped thanks to a 34-23 loss to Kentucky in their last outing. Brent Stockstill has thrown for 2,580 yards, 24 touchdowns and 6 interceptions while Chaton Mobley has rushed for 488 yards and 4 touchdowns this season. Ty Lee leads the Blue Raiders’ receiving corps with 58 catches for 706 yards and 6 touchdowns while Patrick Smith has 48 catches for 471 yards and 6 touchdowns of his own this season. As a team, Middle Tennessee is averaging 381.9 yards of total offense and 29.7 points per game this season.
UAB is 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a loss and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall while the under is 8-2 in their last 10 road games. Middle Tennessee is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall while the under is 7-1-1 in their last 9 games following a loss. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Both of these teams stumbled against SEC opposition last week, but the Blue Raiders actually performed quite well against Kentucky while I pegged UAB all wrong against Texas A&M as the Aggies handled business. With that said, UAB already have their ticket to the C-USA title game punched, while the Blue Raiders need to win this game and get some help to have a chance at meeting UAB again next week. Long story short, this is a must win game for Middle Tennessee, and I think they play like it so I’ll take the Blue Raiders and the points in a game I see Middle Tennessee winning outright.