UAB at North Texas - 9/18/21 College Football Picks and Prediction
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North Texas Mean Green (1-1) vs UAB Blazers (1-1)
Game Info: Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Apogee Stadium)
Betting Odds: North Texas Mean Green +13 -- Over/Under: 59.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The UAB Blazers will travel to Apogee Stadium to take on the North Texas Mean Green this Saturday night in College Football action.
The UAB Blazers dropped to just 1-1 on the season after being defeated by the 2nd ranked Georgia Bulldogs, 56-7, this past Saturday. UAB had no answers on either end of the field for the Bulldogs and could not fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 35-0 margin. UAB was outgained by Georgia by a 539-174 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 3-1 margin. Leading the way for the Blazers was RB DeWayne McBride who had 61 rushing yards on 13 carries.
On the season, UAB is averaging 19.0 ppg on 345.5 total yards per game (208.5 passing yds/g; 137.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, UAB has been led by QB Tyler Johnson III who has completed 65.7% of his passes for 358 yards, 2 TD< & 3 INT. The top receiving threats for the Blazers have been Trea Shropshire (5 rec, 127 yards, TD), Gerrit Prince (4 rec, 68 yards, TD), Ryan Davis (5 rec, 65 yards), & RaJae’ Johnson-Sanders (3 rec, 62 yards, TD). Leading the way for the UAB backfield has been the duo of DeWayne McBride (25 att, 115 yards) & Jermaine Brown Jr. (20 att, 107 yards, TD).
Defensively, UAB is allowing their opponents to average 28.0 ppg on 345.5 total yards per game (231.0 passing yds/g; 114.5 rushing yds/g).
The North Texas Mean Green fell to 1-1 on the season after being defeated by the SMU Mustangs, 35-12, this past Saturday. North Texas had a hard time slowing down the SMU passing attack and could not fight back after a 19-yard TD reception by the Mustangs Ulysses Bentley IV gave SMU a 28-12 lead with 11:17 left in the 4th quarter. North Texas was outgained by SMU by a 537-506 margin, however, did win the turnover battle by a 4-2 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Mean Green was QB Jace Ruder who completed 32 of 51 passes for 366 yards, 1 TD, & 2 INT.
On the season, North Texas is averaging 28.0 ppg on 516.5 total yards per game (283.0 passing yds/g; 233.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, North Texas has been led by RB DeAndre Torrey who had 315 rushing yards & 3 TD’s on 41 carries. QB Jace Ruder has completed 58.3 % of his passes for 501 yards, 2 TD, & 4 INT. The top receiving threats for the Mean Green have been Roderic Burns (18 rec, 255 yards, TD), Jyaire Shorter (6 rec, 107 yards), & Jason Pirtle (7 rec, 71 yards).
Defensively, North Texas is allowing their opponents to average 24.5 ppg on 477.5 total yards per game (234.5 passing yds/g; 243.0 rushing yds/g).
The Blazers are 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 games following a straight up loss and 22-10-1 ATS in their last 33 conference games. The Mean Green are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and just 7-23 ATS in their last 30 games overall.
UAB is one of the better teams in the C-USA this season, however, if this is a lot of points for the Blazers to cover on the road against a North Texas team that despite getting blown out by SMU, had more success on the defense end against the Mustangs than I expected. North Texas has been impressive on the offensive end early this season with a balanced offensive attack, and although I don’t think the Mean Green will be able to get the victory here, I think they do enough with the points to cover. Good Luck!