Free Week 1 Prediction: Blazers vs. Hurricanes Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(1-0) UAB Blazers vs. Miami Hurricanes (0-0)
Date: Thursday, September 10th, 2020
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Hard Rock Stadium, in Miami, Florida
NCAA Football Spread: Hurricanes -12
NCAA Betting Total: O/U 54.5
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Miami will have the first Power 5 conference football game of the year taking on the UAB Blazers at the Hard Rock Stadium down in Miami. Hurricanes are looking to bounce back after a disappointing 2019 when they went 6-7. UAB is already out to a hot start after taking down Central Arkansas in their first game.
The Blazers are looking to return to the conference USA championship this season where they suffered defeat at the hands of Appalachian State. UAB finished 9-5 in Tyler Johnston’s sophomore year who is already killing it this year at the helm.
Johnston was 17 of 25 in the first game of the season throwing for 143 yards. He had two touchdowns and one interception on the night.
The Blazers’ top strength on offense lies in their running game though. They’re returning their top three running backs including lead back Spencer Brown. The senior rushed for 566 yards last season and posted 127 yards with a TD in the season opener.
Defensively, UAB had a great performance in their first game gathering an interception and two forced fumbles on the night. The Blazers were among the best in college football against both the pass and run in 2019 which included an average of only 188 passing yards per game allowed.
Miami Hurricanes will turn to newly acquired QB D’Eriq King to help get them to a playoff birth for the 2020 season. Manny Diaz will have a chance for the first time in his career to reach a playoff as his team is starting to be put together as he was recently hired at the U.
King was a highly talented QB at Houston before taking his talents to the transfer portal and eventually ending up in South Florida. The senior put up some big numbers in Houston, posting a 49:9 TD to INT ratio over three seasons. He is also a dual-threat as shown by his 1383 rushing yards.
The Hurricanes have a solid running back room led by Cam’Ron Harris. The junior RB had 576 rushing yards on an average of 5.1 yards per attempt last season and is poised to be the feature back in Diaz’s system. Miami did lose their top receiver in KJ Osborn to the NFL, so someone is going to have to step up in the receiver corps.
Miami averaged 25.9 points in 2019, ranking them 90th overall. They held opponents to 20.2 points, placing them 23rd in the college football. The Canes received a couple of votes but did not make it into the AP Top 25.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Alabama-Birmingham’s last 6 games.
- Alabama-Birmingham is 12-5 SU in their last 17 games.
- Alabama-Birmingham is 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games on the road.
- Alabama-Birmingham is 0-5 SU in their last 5 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast
- The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Miami-FL’s last 20 games.
- Miami-FL is 16-4 SU in their last 20 games at home.
- Miami-FL is 11-2 SU in their last 13 games against an opponent in the Conference USA conference
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Prediction:
I think UAB has a chance to keep this game close and show the AP that can play with the big boys. Bill Clark wants to show dominance in the C-USA this year and what better way than upsetting the U. Sprinkle some money on the money line as I think UAB can pull the possible upset.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: UAB +12.5
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