UAB Blazers (1-0) at Miami-FL Hurricanes (0-0)
College Football: Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Hard Rock Stadium)
The Line: Miami-FL Hurricanes -14 -- Over/Under: 51.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The UAB Blazers and the Miami-Florida Hurricanes meet in college football action from the Hard Rock Stadium on Thursday night.
The UAB Blazers come into this one with a record of 1-0 after starting the year on the right foot with a 45-35 win over Central Arkansas in their last game. Tyler Johnston III threw for 143 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception on 17 of 25 passing while Bryson Lucero had 83 yards and a passing score on 7 of 9 passing. Spencer Brown led the Blazers in rushing with 127 rushing yards and a TD while Jermaine Brown Jr. had 75 rushing yards and a touchdown and Lucious Stanley added a rushing TD of his own. Austin Watkins led UAB’s receiving group with 7 grabs for 72 yards while Myron Mitchell had 4 catches for 47 yards and a TD and Gerrit Prince had a pair of receiving touchdowns as well. Defensively, Kristopher Moll led UAB with 8 total tackles while Dy’John Turner had 6 solo tackles and Nikia Eason Jr. had a pair of sacks and a pair of tackles for a loss in the win.
The Miami-Florida Hurricanes come into the 2020 season looking to rebound from a disappointing first year under head coach Manny Diaz, finishing with a 6-7 overall record, their first losing season since 2014 which was culminated with a loss in the Independence bowl, just like the 2014 season. The offense stalled far too often and couldn’t move the chains when needed, but coach Diaz may have his QB that can change that in the form of Houston transfer D’Eriq King. In 34 games in a Houston uniform, King threw for almost 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns while rushing for another 1,421 yards and 28 TDs. The ‘Canes almost have to start from scratch in the receiving group with Jeff Thomas and KJ Osborn gone, but Mike Harley and Dee Wiggins are back as well as a recruiting class that features two high-profile prospects in Michael Redding and Xavier Restepo. The ground attack should be better with King as well, but DeeJay Dallas is gone to the NFL, opening the door for Cam’Ron Harris and Robert Burns to take over the load. Defensively, that wasn’t an issue for the ‘’Canes who were 4th in FBS in tackles for a loss and 13th in total defense. The linebacking corps need an overhaul as well with Michael Finckney, Romeo Finley and Shaq Quarterman all gone. The Hurricanes also lost top defensive lineman Gregory Rousseau to an opt-out, citing health concerns, which hurts as he was projected to be a top five draft pick. However, Quincy Roche transferred in from Temple after logging 26 career sacks and 137 tackles for Temple. DJ Ivey and Gurvan Hall are back in the secondary to help maintain the deep threat safety for Miami this season.
Looking at the CFB trends UAB is 2-4 ATS in their last 6 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Miami is 2-4 ATS in their last 6 home games.
The points with UAB are tempting as the Blazers had a chance to shake the rust off, but going against Central Arkansas (who still hung 35 on the Blazers) to a Miami team that’s much better than last year is a tall order. I mean Miami had to listen to all of the scrutiny in the offseason after a disappointing year, but I think a guy like D’Eriq King coming in with all sorts of swagger and a legit dual threat will change the dynamic of this Hurricanes offense. I’ll lay the points with the Hurricanes in this one as I see King running up and down the field on the Blazers.