Free Week 12 Prediction: Blazers vs Gators Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 12
(7-3) UAB Blazers vs. Florida Gators (3-6)
Date: Saturday, November 18
Time: 4:00 pm EST
Venue: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, FL.
NCAA Football Spread: UF -10.5
NCAA Betting Total: 48.5
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The UAB story gained national attention two weeks ago when the Blazers routed Rice to clinch bowl eligibility.
Nearly three years ago now, the university president scoured the school’s financial records and deemed it too expensive to continue fielding a football team at the Division-I level. The school ended the program, along with the rifle and bowling teams.
About half a year later, in the summer of 2015, the school announced the team would be reinstated and that a project would begin to build a $22.5 million football operations center. It was expected that, even with the new investment in the program, it would be a few years at least before the program became a winning one behind Head Coach Bill Clark, UAB is going bowling in its first season following its two-year hiatus.
As a reward, Clark inked a five-year extension that has him in line to be UAB’s Head Football Coach through the 2022 season. He is now one of the highest-paid coaches in the Conference USA.
The Blazers can’t win the conference this season because the best they can do is finish even with North Texas, which beat UAB earlier this season. But with one more conference game against a UTEP team that hasn’t won a game, it looks like at least eight wins and a 6–2 conference record is likely for UAB.
The game this week is just for bowl status. But a win against SEC competition would be sweet for UAB and its fans. The Blazers are very live dogs, coming in riding a three-game win streak and a lot of confidence.
Meanwhile, Florida has lost five in a row after opening SEC play 3–0. The schedule was font-loaded with cupcakes, though. Two of those wins came against Tennessee and Vanderbilt, who are 0–12 combined. The other was against Kentucky, which is now ahead of Florida in the standings.
UF will likely need some big plays out of its passing game if it wants to keep up with a high-scoring UAB team. The Blazers’ AJ Erdely has over 1700 yards and 13 touchdowns compared to just three picks. All of Florida’s quarterbacks have combined for nearly as many yards but an ugly six touchdown to seven interception ratio. Of course, that is primarily against SEC defenses.
The Gators’ running game will be its catalyst in this one, though. Malik Davis has 70 more rushing yards than anybody else on the roster, despite 25 fewer carries than than leading ball-carrier Lamical Perine. Davis averages 6.7 yards per carry and flashes impressive speed in open space. Perine leads all backs with seven touchdown runs.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends:
- UAB are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Over is 8-2 in UAB last 10 games in November.
- Over is 14-5 in UAB last 19 road games.
- Under is 10-1 in FLA last 11 games in November.
- Under is 15-4 in FLA last 19 games as a favorite.
- FLA are 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 home games.
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Florida won’t have much time to settled into this game. UAB is tough and will come out of the gates flying on offense, attacking the Gators’ defense. Florida still has the better players and superior program as a whole but UAB has momentum and inspiration on its side. The Blazers can win this game.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: UAB +10.5
Anytime a double-digit dog has a fighting chance to win the game outright, you have to liken it as a play against the spread. This is one of the more intriguing games on the Week 12 schedule that doesn’t directly impact the playoff scenario.
Week 12 Free Score Prediction: UAB 27 – Florida 33
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