Free Week 1 Prediction: Hornets vs. Blazers Odds
Looking for Alabama State Hornets vs. UAB Blazers free picks? Week 1 betting sees the Hornets taking on the Blazers on Thursday, August 29th, 2019 at Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions like this Alabama State UAB free pick.
College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Alabama State Hornets vs. UAB Blazers (0-0)
Date: Thursday, August 29th, 2019
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama
NCAA Football Spread: Blazers -43.5
NCAA Betting Total: 51.5
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This Thursday night matchup will see the Alabama State Hornets take on the UAB Blazers.
These teams have only met once all the way back in 2008. UAB won this game 45-10, but this was so long ago that it will have no bearing on this game.
Alabama State Hornets
Alabama State is a FCS school out of the SWAC. They went 4-7 last year. They do not play many games against FBS schools, but they did play Auburn last year. They lost this game 63-9.
For the offense, the Hornets will see their quarterback, KHA’Darris Davis return. Yet, he only threw for 963 yards, 10 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Ezra Gray also will return as their leading rusher. Though he only rushed for 384 yards all of last season. So offense is going to be a huge issue for the Hornets in this game. They do not really have a play-maker and I do not see them hanging around.
Defensively, the Hornets are even worse. They allowed 37 points per game on average. This compares to their offense that averaged just 15.4 points per game. I expect the Hornets to allow at least 40 to the Blazers, while their offense maybe scores 1 or 2 touchdowns.
The Blazers play out of the Conference-USA. They went 11-3 in 2018 an ended the season with a bowl game win over Northern Illinois. The final score to this game was 37-13.
UAB were decent at best last year when it comes to points scored. They were 60th in this category and scored 29.9 points per game on average. The good news is they will return their leading rusher, Spencer Brown. Brown had 1,227 yards rushing with 16 touchdowns. Last season they also utilized two quarterbacks. Their leading passer was A.J. Erdely. He had 1,539 yards passing, 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Their 2nd quarterback used was Tyler Johnston III. He had 1,323 yards passing, 11 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Johnston III will return this year and will likely be the starter.
Defensively, the Blazers were a top 10 team. Granted they do not play a tough schedule, but it will likely not matter against a FCS team. They allowed 17.3 points per game last year and will want to start this season off strong. The defense will lose several guys who provided pressure on the quarterback, so that will be something to keep an eye on. The Blazers should dominate this game on both sides of the ball, but especially on defense. I look for the Blazers to allow 17 points at most, but more than likely it will be below 14 points allowed.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- The Over is 5-1 in the Blazers last 6 games.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
UAB may be a below average team, but there is no way they lose to a team like Alabama State.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: OVER 51.5
I do not trust the Blazers to win this game by more than 44 points so I like for the over to be the play here. Alabama State scores at least one touchdown and the Blazers do the rest to push this one over the posted total.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Alabama State 7 – UAB 45
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