Free Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Prediction: Blazers vs Bobcats Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Popeyes Bahamas Bowl
(8-4) UAB Blazers vs. Ohio Bobcats (8-4)
Date: Saturday, December 22nd
Time: 12:30 pm EST
Venue: Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
NCAA Football Spread: Ohio -7.5
NCAA Betting Total: 57.5
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The Bahamas Bowl has only been around for a few years, but it has proven to be one of the more entertaining bowl games in the bowl season.
This year, we get an interesting match up between the UAB Blazers and the Ohio Bobcats.
The UAB Blazers are one of the best stories in college football. In fact, there aren’t enough superlatives to go around just to say how incredible this season has been for UAB.
Their football program has sat on the sidelines since 2014 and this was their first year back and they won eight games.
This was a team that was projected to win next to zero games this year. So, just an unbelievable year for the Blazers
Statistically, UAB’s offense leaves something to be desired. They rank 37th in rushing, but passing they rank 106th, and as a whole they rank 98th in total offense.
Defensively, they are pretty solid ranking 35th in total defense, 22nd in passing, 72nd in rushing, and 46th in scoring defense.
The one note I want to say about UAB is that they did play in a lot of close games. Again, what they did this season was absolutely unbelievable, but Ohio will be the best team they face this year.
It’s worth noting that they beat Coastal Carolina by seven, Louisiana Tech by one, Mid Tenn by two, and UTSA by five.
If they lost these four games we would still be impressed by the kind of season they had, but the perception would be different.
Frank Solich has been the head coach of the Ohio Bobcats and he has largely done a great job for the program. I bet folks associated with Nebraska wish he was still the head coach.
This is Ohio’s ninth bowl trip in the 13 years Solich has been head coach and this is the 11th year in which Ohio has had a .500 record or better.
Statistically, this is a pretty solid team all-around. Ohio ranks 38th in total offense and 49th in total defense. In offensive scoring, Ohio ranks 14th and in defensive scoring they rank 58th.
However, they suffered through some injuries towards the end of the season. And as you might have noticed Ohio didn’t finish super strong. They lost the last two games of the season.
Junior halfback A.J. Oullette left the final game with a shoulder injury and currently he is questionable to play.
Senior wide receiver Brendan Cope didn’t play with an ankle injury and he’s questionable to play in the bowl game. Granted, he isn’t heavily involved in the offense, but still worth noting.
Halfback Dorian Brown also sat out with a hip injury, and defensive lineman Sam McKnight who has been hurt for the last few games, same with offensive lineman Jared McCray, are all questionable to play, as well. Just something to keep an eye on.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Ohio is 4-2 ATS in their last six games
- UAB is 3-2-1 ATS in their last six games
- Ohio is 8-4 ATS this season
- UAB under is 3-1 in their last four games
- Ohio over is 4-1-1 i n their last five games
Free Popeyes Bahamas Bowl NCAA Football Pick
I think Ohio winning straight up is a safe bet. So, for those playing in the various bowl confidence pick ’em games the Bobcats should be a high end pick in that regard.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Ohio -7.5 ATS
In terms of betting, yeah, I like the Bobcats in this one. I’m not overly confident that they’ll cover due to the fact of all their injuries, but I still think they cover, nonetheless.
Plus, there is a chance UAB views this as a bit of a vacation.Nobody expected them to make a bowl game and this is their reward.
In terms of location, the Bahamas is pretty much the best bowl game you can ask for.
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Free Score Prediction: Ohio Bobcats 34 – UAB Blazers 24
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