Miami-OH at UAB - 12/16/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

UAB Blazers (6-6) vs Miami-OH RedHawks (6-6)

Game Info: Friday, December 16, 2022 at 11:30 am (Thomas Robinson Stadium)

Betting Odds: UAB Blazers -10.5 -- Over/Under: 44.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Miami of Ohio Redhawks and UAB Blazers face off on Friday in a college football showdown in the Bahamas Bowl at Thomas Robinson Center.

The Miami Redhawks come into this game with a 6-6 record, and they have gone 5-7 against the spread so far this season. It took two wins in a row to end the season to even get a chance to play in this game. In the last game against Ball State, Miami scored 12 points in the 4th quarter, and that was enough to secure the 18-17 victory. Quarterback Aevon Smith completed 18 of his 46 passes for 217 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. The Redhawks are averaging 20.5 points, while their defense is giving up 22.5 points per game. On the season, Smith has thrown for 1,137 yards, nine touchdowns, and five interceptions. 

On the other side of this matchup is UAB, who sits with a 6-6 record, and they have gone 4-8 against the spread. They needed a win in their last game to secure a bowl game, and they were able to knock off Louisiana Tech 37-27. Quarterback Dylan Hopkins completed 7 of his 14 passes for 91 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Running back DeWayne McBride had quite the game, finishing with 16 carries for 272 yards and a touchdown. UAB is averaging 30.6 points, while their defense is giving up 23.4 points per game. McBride on the season has rushed 1,746 yards and 19 touchdowns. 

Miami of Ohio is 7-0 against the spread in their last seven neutral site games. The over is 4-0 in UAB’s last four games. The under is 6-1 in Miami of Ohio’s last seven non-conference games. The under is 5-0 in the RedHawks last 5 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game.

This Redhawks defense has been inconsistent, and I don’t see them finding a lot of success slowing down running back McBride. Look for UAB to run all over the Redhawks defense, and that is going to be the difference here, as UAB is going to get the job done. Back UAB against the spread. 

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

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