UAB at FAU - 12/7/19 College Football C-USA Championship Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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UAB Blazers (9-3) at Florida Atlantic Owls (9-3)
College Football: Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 1:30 pm (FAU Stadium)
The Line: Florida Atlantic Owls -7.5 -- Over/Under: 49.5
The UAB Blazers and Florida Atlantic Owls meet Saturday in the college football C-USA Championship at FAU Football Stadium.
The UAB Blazers have a chance to win double-digit games for the second time in school history. The UAB Blazers have split their last six road games. Tyler Johnston III is completing 59.3 percent of his passes for 1,910 yards, 15 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Johnston has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last seven games. Austin Watkins Jr. and Kendall Parham have combined for 1,498 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Myron Mitchell has 33 receptions. The UAB Blazers ground game is averaging 161 yards per contest, and Spencer Brown leads the way with 462 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, UAB is allowing 18.5 points and 269.8 yards per game. Kristopher Moll leads the UAB Blazers with 89 tackles, Jordan Smith has 10 sacks and Will Boler has two interceptions.
The Florida Atlantic Owls have a chance to win double-digit games for the second time in school history. The Florida Atlantic Owls have won three of their last four home games. Chris Robison is completing 62.2 percent of his passes for 3,129 yards, 22 touchdowns and five interceptions. Robison has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last 10 games. Harrison Bryant and Deangelo Antoine have combined for 1,624 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Tavaris Harrison has 31 receptions. The Florida Atlantic Owls ground game is averaging 154.1 yards per contest, and Malcolm Davidson leads the way with 582 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Florida Atlantic is allowing 23.7 points and 382.6 yards per game. Akileis Leroy leads the Florida Atlantic Owls with 94 tackles, Leighton McCarthy has six sacks and Meiko Dotson has eight interceptions.
The Blazers are an impressive 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 conference games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a road underdog and 27-13-1 ATS in their last 41 games overall. The Owls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 4-0-1 in Blazers last 5 road games. The under is 8-1 in Owls last 9 home games. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings. The over is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.
The UAB Blazers are 6-3 ATS in their last nine games as a road underdog. The Florida Atlantic Owls are 4-4 ATS in their last eight games as a home favorite. The UAB Blazers have the defense to make this game interesting and have proven they can win on the road. However, I've said all season long that I don't bet against FAU and Lane Kiffin when going up against C-USA competition, as they've done nothing but beat up on teams in this conference the last couple of years and have covered numbers in th process. The Florida Atlantic Owls are the more talented team overall and home conference title games have been one-sided at times. Give me FAU by double digits.