UTEP vs UAB NCAA Football Picks & Predictions 11/16/2019
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Dylan Hopkins and the UAB Blazers play the UTEP Miners at Legion Field on Saturday, November 16, 2019. UAB opens this game as 19.5-point favorites. The Miners are 3-6-0 ATS and 4-5-0 when betting on the total. The Blazers are 3-5-1 when wagering on the over/under and 5-4-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the UTEP Miners played the Charlotte 49ers and ended up taking the loss by a score of 28-21. Kai Locksley paced the team in rushing for the game. He had a long run of 38 yards and he tallied 1 touchdown for the game. He racked up a total of 84 yards by way of 15 carries which meant he was running for 5.6 yards per tote. Jacob Cowing was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 145 yards on 6 receptions. He notched an average of 24.2 yards per catch for the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Miners was Kai Locksley who went 15/20 with 215 yards through the air and completed 1 touchdown. He walked away with 1 interception on the day. The Miners ended up running the ball 37 times and generated 174 yards giving them an average of 4.7 yards per rushing attempt. In the game, the Miners earned 17 first downs and they had a total of 8 penalties for 70 yards telling us that this team had an undisciplined week of practice. In the game, they ran 57 plays which added up to 389 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, UTEP allowed 24 catches on 35 tries for a total of 354 yards, and a completion percentage of 68.6%. For this contest, they conceded 483 yards and earned 1 takeaway. In the running game, the Miners allowed 129 yards on 35 carries which gave them an average of 3.7 yards per carry allowed.
The Miners step onto the field holding a record of 1-8 for 2019. For total yardage, they rank 12th in the conference and 120th in college football with 2,826 yards. In terms of scoring, they are one of the worst in the country with an average of 19.3 points per game, putting them 115th in college football. As a team, they have an average of 147.4 rushing yards per game which is 9th in the conference. The Miners have one of the worst defenses in college football, allowing 35.6 points per contest which has them at 14th in the conference. When it comes to passing yards, the Miners have conceded 1,499 yards. Opponents are completing 67.2% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 8.5 yards per try. When talking about yards rushing, UTEP is allowing 173.4 yards per game ranking them 9th in the conference and 82nd in Division 1. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.9 yards per rush ranking them 10th in Conference USA and 104th in the nation overall. Overall, they have conceded 1,561 rushing yards through 9 contests.
In their last outing, the UAB Blazers took on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles and were defeated 37-2. Larry Wooden led the team on the ground for that game. He had a long run of 16 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He ran for a total of 33 yards on 6 carries which gave him an average of 5.5 yards per run. Austin Watkins was the leader in receiving yardage with a tally of 74 yards on 4 receptions. He averaged 18.5 yards per reception for that game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Blazers was Dylan Hopkins who went 15/25 with 103 yards through the air but wasn't able to get any balls in the endzone via the pass. He gave away 2 picks during the game. The Blazers ended up running the ball 33 times and racked up 70 yards earning them an average of 2.1 yards per rushing attempt. On the day, the Blazers earned 10 first downs and they had a total of 2 penalties for 30 yards telling us that this team was extremely focused in this game. In the game, they ran 58 plays for 173 yards. When discussing the defense, UAB gave up 17 catches on 22 throws for a total of 164 yards, and a completion percentage of 77.3%. In the running game, the Blazers gave up 161 yards on 34 runs which means they had an average of 4.7 yards per rushing attempt allowed. On the day, they allowed 325 yards and forced 1 takeaway.
The Blazers head into this matchup 6-3. In discussing the offensive production, the Blazers have one of the middle tier offenses in Division 1. UAB is having a year to forget in the ground game by averaging 134.8 yards on the ground per contest, ranking them 99th in the nation. As a unit, they have a total of 1,213 rushing yards through 9 contests, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Blazers average 361.4 yards per game overall putting them 99th in D-1 and 10th in the conference. The Blazers are giving up 19.7 points per game ranking them 1st in C-USA and 22nd in college football. When it comes to points given up, they have given up 177 points in total. When talking about yards on the ground, they are allowing 101.6 yards per game ranking them 11th in the country and 1st in the conference. For this year, they have conceded a total of 914 yards on the ground and 9 rushing TDs. Their pass defense is one of the best units in the country. They are allowing 163 passing yards per contest. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Blazers are ranked 1st in the conference.
Who will win tonight's Miners/Blazers college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Miners +19.5
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