Florida Atlantic at UAB Prediction - College Football Picks 11/4/23

UAB Blazers (2-6) vs Florida Atlantic Owls (4-4)

Game Info: Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 3:00 pm (Protective Stadium)

Betting Odds: UAB Blazers +2.5 -- Over/Under: 59.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Florida Atlantic Owls will travel to Birmingham to take on the UAB Blazers in AAC play this weekend from Protective Stadium on ESPN+. This will be the tenth time FAU and UAB face off, and the Owls hold a head-to-head lead of, 6-3, after winning last year’s meeting at home, 24-17. 

Florida Atlantic Owls Preview

Florida Atlantic moved to 4-4 after defeating Charlotte on the road, 38-16. The Owls' time in the Queen City went well, as they controlled the entire contest, and they’ll look to win for the fourth time in five weeks this Saturday. The FAU offense is scoring 26.9 ppg, while passing for 226.5 ypg, rushing for 123.5 ypg, and converting 37.9% of their third downs.

FAU Player Notes

Daniel Richardson did well in the win over Charlotte, going 19/26 for 218 yards with three scores and a pick. The former CMU quarterback bounced back from a rough start against UTSA, and he could be in for a big game here against a vulnerable UAB unit. Richardson has passed for 1,262 yards with eight touchdowns to seven interceptions thru seven starts.

• Senior back Larry McCammon III found the endzone in three of four games during October, and he leads FAU in rushing with 539 yards on 111 touches.

• Junior wideout LaJohntay Webster has been a menace towards DBs this season, catching ten passes or more in five of the last seven games, and after going for a season-high 149 yards versus the Niners, he leads the AAC in receptions (76), while leading the Owls with 785 receiving yards.

The FAU defense is allowing 23.8 points per game.


UAB Blazers Preview

UAB dropped to 2-6 after losing to Memphis at home, 45-21. The Blazers led after the first, but they weren’t able to contain the Tigers for the rest of the way, and they’ll look to avoid a third straight loss this weekend. The UAB offense is scoring 29.0 ppg, while passing for 278.9  ypg, rushing for 151.6 ypg, and converting 39.6% of their third downs.

U-Birmingham Player Notes

• Jacob Zeno picked up an injury in the UTSA game, and LT transfer Landry Lyddy stepped in to finish with 51 yards and an interception. The status of Zeno will be big heading into this contest, as the junior quarterback has been very productive this season, and his absence will definitely be felt. 

• Senior back Jermaine Brown Jr. has scored in consecutive games, and he now leads UAB in rushing with 327 yards on 70 carries. 

• Freshman wideout Amare Thomas caught nine passes in the loss to UTSA, and he leads the Blazers in receptions (35) for 326 receiving yards.

• The UAB defense is allowing 37.6 points per game.


Florida Atlantic vs UAB Trends

FAU is 4-4 against the spread, with a 4-4 O/U record. 

UAB is 4-4 ATS, with a 5-3 over/under record.

Corey’s Free Pick

Trent Dilfer and company have the offense to pull this one off at home, but at this point in the season we know what to expect from a UAB game, and that’s a lot of points. FAU’s defensive prowess may indeed slow the pace down at some points in the contest, but this is what we’ve seen each time the Blazers take the field. Target the Over here, as six of UAB’s last seven games have cleared this number, and if Jacob Zeno is unable to go, give FAU's ML a hard look.

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

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