UAB vs. Appalachian State - 12/21/19 College Football New Orleans Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Appalachian State Mountaineers (12-1) at UAB Blazers (9-4)
College Football: Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 9:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
The Line: UAB Blazers +17.5 -- Over/Under: 47.5
The Appalachian State Mountaineers and UAB Blazers meet Saturday in the college football New Orleans Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Appalachian State Mountaineers are riding a five-game winning streak and can win 12 games for the first time in school history. The Appalachian State Mountaineers have won all six non-home games this season. Zac Thomas is completing 63.3 percent of his passes for 2,576 yards, 26 touchdowns and six interceptions. Thomas has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last eight games. Thomas Hennigan and Corey Sutton have combined for 1,324 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Malik Williams has 52 receptions. The Appalachian State Mountaineers ground game is averaging 229.1 yards per contest, and Darrynton Evans leads the way with 1,323 yards and 17 touchdowns. Defensively, Appalachian State is allowing 20.2 points and 335.9 yards per game. Jordan Fehr leads the Appalachian State Mountaineers with 98 tackles, Demetrius Taylor has seven sacks and Shaun Jolly has five interceptions.
The UAB Blazers have split their last six games and look for double-digit wins for the second time in school history. The UAB Blazers have lost four of their last six non-home games. Tyler Johnston III is completing 58.1 percent of his passes for 1,952 yards, 15 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Johnston has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last eight games. Austin Watkins Jr. and Kendall Parham have combined for 1,541 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Myron Mitchell has 34 receptions. The UAB Blazers ground game is averaging 159.3 yards per contest, and Spencer Brown leads the way with 527 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, UAB is allowing 20.8 points and 294.1 yards per game. Kristopher Moll leads the UAB Blazers with 96 tackles, Jordan Smith has 10 sacks and Will Boler has two interceptions.
The Mountaineers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 non-conference games, 17-8 ATS in their last 25 games as a favorite and 22-8 ATS in their last 30 games overall. The Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog, 20-5-1 ATS in their last 26 games on fieldturf and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss. The over is 6-2 in Mountaineers last 8 non-conference games. The under is 10-3 in Blazers last 13 games as an underdog.
The Appalachian State Mountaineers have beaten up on majority of the teams they've played this season and they've been a covering machine the last three seasons, not just this year. Appalachian State also has a chance to be crowned as the best team in school history, so there's motivation on this side. The UAB Blazers have had a successful year given where this program was not that long ago, but they struggled when stepping up in competition. To make matters worse, UAB is averaging just seven points in its four losses. If the offensive struggles continue, the Appalachian State Mountaineers are going to have a field day. I'll lay the points.