UAB at UTSA Prediction - College Football Picks 10/14/23

UTSA Roadrunners (2-3) vs UAB Blazers (2-4)

Game Info: Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Alamodome)

Betting Odds: UTSA Roadrunners -10 -- Over/Under: 64 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The UAB Blazers will head down to San Antonio to face the UTSA Roadrunners in AAC play this weekend from the Alamodome. UTSA and UAB came over together from Conference USA to the AAC this past summer, and the Blazers hold the head-to-head series lead, 4-3, despite dropping the last two meetings to the Roadrunners.

UAB Blazers Preview

UAB dropped to 1-4 after losing to Tulane in New Orleans, 35-23. The Blazers fought hard and even led at the break, but they’d end up falling to the Green Wave, and they’ll look to avoid a fifth straight loss Sunday. The UAB offense is scoring 31.8 ppg, while passing for 304.2 ypg, rushing for 145.7 ypg, and converting 42.1% of their third downs.

U-Birmingham Player Notes

Jacob Zeno played big against South Florida, passing for 353 yards, with four touchdowns to one interception. The junior quarterback looked great on home turf last weekend, and he’ll look to replicate that effort here in what could be a great QB duel with Frank Harris. Zeno has thrown for 1,795 yards, with twelve touchdowns to five interceptions, and he’s added three scores on the ground thru six games.

• Senior back Jermaine Brown Jr. found the endzone four times in the win over USF, and he now leads UAB in rushing with 270 yards on 58 touches. 

• Freshman wideout Amare Thomas also scored against the Bulls, and he leads the Blazers in receptions (26) for 285 receiving yards.

• The UAB defense is allowing 35.8 points per game.

 

UTSA Roadrunners Preview

UTSA comes in at 2-3 after defeating Temple in Philadelphia, 49-34. The Roadrunners got their veteran QB back after their bye, and got immediate results with their best outcome of the season, and they’ll look to get back to .500 here. The UTSA offense is scoring 25.2 ppg, while passing for 246.2 ypg, rushing for 146.7 ypg, and converting 44.6% of their third downs.

U-San Antonio Player Notes

Frank Harris returned and delivered a gem in Philly, going 25/33 for 338 yards with three touchdown tosses, and an additional score on the ground. The senior quarterback made his presence felt immediately, and he’ll look to help UTSA leave their mark in their first season in the AAC. Harris has thrown for 761 yards, with five touchdowns to three interceptions.

Kevorian Barnes found the endzone for the first time since Week 1 in the win over Temple, and he leads UTSA in rushing with 337 yards and 75 carries.

• Senior wideout Joshua Cephus has scored and caught seven passes or more in four of the first five games, and he’s first on the team in receptions (37) and receiving yards (384). 

• The UTSA defense has allowed 29.2 points per game.

 

UAB vs UTSA Trends

UAB is 4-2 ATS, with a 4-2 over/under record.

UTSA is 2-3 against the spread, with a 2-3 O/U record. 

Corey’s Free Pick

Both programs enjoyed breakthroughs last weekend, and I believe we could be in for a shootout at the Alamo. UTSA received Frank Harris back right in time for conference play, and it paid dividends immediately, while UAB was able to get into the win column, after suffering a tough loss to Tulane. This is a big magic number, but both teams are going to pick up yardages in bunches, and it could wind up being one of the best games of the weekend. Take the over for this year’s UAB/UTSA matchup.

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

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