Akron vs. UAB - 9/7/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UAB at Akron
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 11:00 AM (Summa Field at InfoCision Stadium)
UAB Blazers -9.5 -- O/U: 49.5
9-4 The UAB Blazers and the Akron Zips meet in a week 2 college football matchup from Summa Field at InfoCision Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The UAB Blazers will look to build on a season-opening 24-19 win over Alabama State in their season opener last time out. Tyler Johnston III threw for 114 yards on 8 of 19 passing with a touchdown while also rushing for 64 yards and a touchdown. Spencer Brown led UAB’s ground attack with 23 carries for 77 yards while Jonathan Haden had 41 rushing yards. Austin Watkins led the Blazers’ receiving corps with a pair of catches for 51 yards while Myron Mitchell added a 98-yard kick return for a touchdown. Defensively, the Blazers combined for 3 sacks and Will Boler added an interception while Garrett Marino led UAB with 9 tackles in the winning effort.
The Akron Zips will be looking to bounce back from a 42-3 beatdown at the hands of Illinois in their season opener last time out. Kato Nelson threw for 122 yards and an interception on 10 of 24 passing while Deltron Sands led the Zips in rushing with 47 rushing yards and Brandon Lee turned his 10 carries into 34 yards. Nate Stewart led Akron’s receiving group with 5 catches for 79 yards while Michael Mathison had 3 grabs for 22 yards. Defensively, Bubba Arslanian and John Mitchell each had a sack with Arslanian leading the Zips in the tackling department with 6 tackles in the losing effort.
UAB is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win. Akron is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against C-USA.
Neither side impressed in their season openers as Akron was bullied early and often by Illinois, while the Blazers barely scraped by Alabama State. The difference for me here is that while a home dog is tempting and Akron played the tougher opening week game, the Zips have had a history of not being able to keep up ATS both overall and at home, while the Blazers have covered the number more often than not, including when they play on the road. I’d probably leave this game alone, but if forced to pick, I’d lay the points with UAB.