UAB Blazers vs Marshall Thundering Herd Prediction, 12/18/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UAB Blazers vs Marshall Thundering Herd
Date: Friday, December 18, 2020
Location: Joan C. Edwards Stadium
TV: CBS Sports
Odds/Point Spread: UAB (+5.5)
Joan C. Edwards Stadium is the site where Grant Wells and the Marshall Thundering Herd (7-1) will play the UAB Blazers (5-3) on Friday. UAB opens this contest as 5.5-point dogs. The over/under opens at 42.
In their last game, the UAB Blazers went up against the Rice Owls and were on the winning end of this game by a score of 21-16. Tyler Johnston III went 9/18 with 217 yards by way of the pass and tossed 2 touchdowns. He finished this contest without throwing a pick. Johnston III paced the team in rushing in this contest. He had a long run of 13 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He ran for 41 yards via 7 carries which gave him an average of 5.9 yards per tote. Myron Mitchell was the receiving yardage leader with a total of 63 yards on 2 receptions. He had an average of 31.5 yards per reception in this contest.
The Blazers have racked up 3,144 total yards over the course of this year. As a team they average 198.0 yards via the ground game ranking them 34th in college football. In terms of getting in the endzone, UAB has compiled 12 touchdowns through the air and 17 touchdowns via the ground. When it comes to getting in the endzone, the UAB Blazers are averaging 29.3 points per game. The Blazers rank 45th in the nation when it comes to their opponents scoring, allowing 22.5 PPG. The opposition is running for 3.9 yards per run and 138.9 rushing yards per game for the season. Over the course of this season, they have conceded 1,111 rushing yards through 8 games. Regarding passing yardage, the Blazers have conceded 1,440 yards which has them sitting in 49th in Division 1. In their 8 games played this year, they have surrendered 180.0 yards per game through the air and conceding a completion percentage of 54.2%. Over the course of this year, they have relinquished 318.9 yards per outing which has them sitting 27th in Division 1.
For his college career, Johnston III has thrown for a total of 4,177 yards with 33 touchdowns and 25 picks. Since he has been in college, he has taken off and run 188 different times for a total of 661 rushing yds. He has a QB rating of 146.5 with a TD rate of 7.1% and an interception percentage of 5.4%. He is averaging 122.9 yards per game. Tyler Johnston III has connected on 273 of his career 466 tosses for a completion percentage of 58.6%.
The last time they played, the Marshall Thundering Herd took the field against the Rice Owls and left there with a loss by a score of 20-0. Grant Wells went 18/35 with 165 yards via the pass but didn't get a passing TD in this game. He walked away with 5 interceptions for the game. Brenden Knox paced the team in rushing for the game. He had a long run of 16 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He ran for a total of 76 yards by way of 20 carries which meant he averaged 3.8 yards per run. Talik Keaton led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 48 yards on 7 receptions. He earned an average of 6.9 yards per reception for the game.
For the season so far, the Thundering Herd have racked up 1,877 yards via the pass in addition to holding an average of 234.6 passing yards per game, which has them ranked 58th in the country. The Marshall Thundering Herd have an average of 424.6 yards/game which has them ranked 40th in Division 1. They average 190.0 yards via the ground game and have run for 1,520 yards for this year. When it comes to this team's ability to score points, the Thundering Herd rank 36th in the nation with an average of 32.8 points per game. Marshall has given up a total of 584 yards rushing (73.0 yards per outing) in addition to 4 touchdowns via the rush on the year. The Thundering Herd are surrendering 11.4 points per contest, which puts them 13th in D-1. Overall, they have conceded 91 total points. They have surrendered 6 touchdowns via the pass and 180.9 yards/game, which puts them in 26th in college football.
Wells has thrown 16 TD's compared to 9 interceptions in his collegiate career. His touchdown rate on pass attempts is 7.0% and his interception rate is 4.0%. He has rushed for 160 yds on 45 attempts. He averages 204.3 yards per game through the air with a 146.8 QB rating. In the 9 contests in his collegiate career, Grant Wells has been successful on 144 of his 227 attempts for 1,839 yards.
Who will win tonight's Blazers/Thundering Herd college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Blazers +5.5
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