UAB at Western Kentucky - 10/21/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

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The UAB Blazers and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers face off on Friday in a college football showdown at Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium. When these two teams faced off in 2020 it was UAB that secured the 37-14 victory. 

Western Kentucky comes into this game with a 4-3 record overall, and they were able to secure a victory in the last game. Western Kentucky scored 35 points against Middle Tennessee and that led to the 17 point victory. Under center for Western Kentucky is Austin Reed, and he completed 32 of his 49 passes for 278 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Western Kentucky is an elite offensive team, and they are averaging 40 points per game, which is 17th in the league. Western Kentucky’s defense is giving up 22.7 points per game, and the defense at times can be improved upon. 

On the other side of this matchup is the UAB Blazers, who sit with a 4-2 record overall, and they are coming off another win in their last game. Against Charlotte, the offense scored 34 points, and that was enough to secure the 14 point victory. At the end of the first period, UAB was down 14-7, but the offense found success, especially in the 4th quarter, and secured the victory. Dylan Hopkins completed 15 of his 23 passes for 231 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. UAB on the season is averaging 34.5 points, while their defense is giving up 17.3 points per game. 

UAB is 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games against a team with a winning record. Western Kentucky is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games overall. The over is 4-1 in UAB’s last five conference games. The over is 7-2 in Western Kentucky’s last nine games on Friday. 

I don’t see a lot of defense being played in this game. Western Kentucky is averaging 40 points, while UAB is averaging 34.5 points per game. Look for Hopkins and Reed to both have big games, and that is going to lead to this game going well over the total. Back the over to cash here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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