Free Week 1 Prediction: Bulldogs vs Blazers Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Alabama A&M Bulldogs vs. UAB Blazers (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 2nd
Time: 3:30 pm EST
Venue: Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama
NCAA Football Spread: OFF
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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Having played their last game in 2014, the UAB football program is back and ready for action.
The expectations for any program coming off years off not actually playing football games is expected to struggle. But UAB might exceed people’s expectations.
Alabama A&M will get a chance to play their in-state opponent and welcome them back to college football with a loss.
The Bulldogs appear to be going with their freshman quarterback to start off the season.
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After a 4-7 season that featured 2 losses to FBS teams, the Bulldogs will hope to get their season started facing the most inexperienced FBS team in the nation.
The Bulldogs, however, will be working with an inexperienced quarterback to start the season.
Freshman Aqeel Glass was named the starter this week and he will hope to show he was the right choice out of the three way competition this camp.
Glass threw for 2811 yards and 32 touchdowns with 14 interceptions during his senior year last fall at Lutheran North High School in St. Louis.
14 interceptions is a lot for a recruited quarterback in high school and facing a FBS defense – even an inexperienced one – will be more challenging than his high school competition.
Expect the Bulldogs offense to be simple and systematic in order to ease Glass into his college career.
UAB football is back folks!
After the program was shut down over 32 months ago due to financial constraints, the program is up and running again and there has been a buzzing excitement around the team since their spring game this year.
New facilities, new uniforms & helmets, and a new season have the UAB and their faithful fired up for the regular season opener.
Of course, since the program was shut down, a majority of the players have either transferred or graduated. But Coach Bill Clark stuck around and he has the team ready to compete in their first year.
Junior quarterback AJ Erdely was a part of the program when it shut down in 2014 and he is in the midst of QB competition with redshirt freshman Tyler Johnston. It is possible both are going to play during their opening game as Clark hasn’t ruled that out.
Both will present playmaking ability and could give the FCS Bulldog defense some issues.
There certainly will be some rust for UAB as the unit hasn’t played in a full game since 2014 and many parts of the unit weren’t even here then.
But there will be energy and coaching expertise and that should be enough to take down Alabama A&M.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Alabama A&M lost 41-14 to UAB as 36 point underdogs when they last played in 2014. The total was 64.
- UAB went 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games of 2014.
- The total went 7-3 in UAB’s last 10 games of 2014.
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The Blazers will be an intriguing team to watch this year as they return from their time off as a program with a soft schedule. The whole program has a chip on its shoulder and they have some talent across the football team.
The energy and adrenaline could make this a little sloppy early on but expect the Blazer defense to be composed enough to get this win.
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Whether it is Erdely or Johnston, the Blazers should have playmaking coming from their quarterback. Their defense will also have a chance to open up against a freshman quarterback.
This could be an ugly game but it will be exciting for the Blazers as they return to the FBS.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: UAB Blazers 33 – Alabama A&M Bulldogs 9
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