Liberty Flames vs UAB Blazers Prediction, 10/2/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Liberty Flames vs UAB Blazers
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021
Location: Protective Stadium in Birmingham, AL
Odds/Point Spread: Blazers (-1.5)
The UAB Blazers (3-1) will go up against the Liberty Flames (3-1) at Protective Stadium on Saturday. Liberty is 1.5-point dogs from oddsmakers. The total has been set at 49.
The Liberty Flames come into this matchup with a record of 3-1 for this season. In their last game, the Flames played the Syracuse Orange and ended up losing by a score of 24-21. Malik Willis was the rushing leader for the Flames with 17 attempts for 49 yds (2.9 yards per carry). Malik Willis finished 14/19 with 205 yds passing and 3 touchdowns. He had a QB rate of 216.4 and finished the contest with no picks. Against the rush, the Flames gave up 228 yds on 53 attempts, which calculates to 4.3 yards per rush allowed. Liberty gave up 6 completions on 15 attempts for 77 yds, and a completion rate of 40.0%. In all, they had 62 plays which totaled 369 yards. The Liberty Flames ended up running the ball 41 times and had 150 yards, which is an average of 3.7 yds per attempt.
When talking about putting points on the board, the Liberty Flames have an average of 33.8 points per game. Offensively they're averaging 184.0 yards in the run game ranking them 48th in D-1. The Flames have earned 1,670 total yards this season. When it comes to getting the ball in the endzone, Liberty has earned 11 passing touchdowns and 7 rushing touchdowns. Liberty has a total of 92 1st downs as a team, and they have committed 32 penalties for 282 yds. They have surrendered the football 2 different times.
The Flames rank 26th in college football when it comes to team defense, allowing 15.3 PPG. They are giving up an average of 2.9 yards per tote and 100.5 rushing yards per contest so far this year. In total, they have allowed 402 rushing yards through 4 games. Concerning passing yardage, the Flames are allowing 605 yards which puts them in 30th in Division 1. They are giving up 151.3 yards per contest through the air as well as giving up a completion percentage of 54.4%. During the season, they are granting 251.8 yards per outing which ranks them 20th in the country. They have given up 3 touchdowns through the air as well as 5 touchdowns pounding the rock.
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The Blazers head into this game 3-1 for this year. In their last game, the Blazers took home the win by a final score of 28-21 against the Tulane Green Wave. Dylan Hopkins (3 touchdowns) ended the game with 240 yds on 19/27 passing while his quarterback rate was 174.3. He tossed 1 pick and his average yards per pass attempt was 8.9. DeWayne McBride carried the ball 18 times for 111 yds, ending the game with 6.2 yards per carry for UAB. UAB rushed for 4.2 yards per attempt, finishing with 193 yards on 46 carries. The Blazers finished the contest with a total of 433 yds while they ran 73 plays (5.9 yards per play). The Blazers secondary gave up a completion percentage of 56.0%, relinquishing 305 yds on 28 for 50 passing. UAB conceded 28 attempts on the ground for 90 yds (3.2 yds per rush).
Concerning the points being put on the board, the Blazers rank 86th in D-1 holding an average of 26.5 points per outing. For the season thus far, the Blazers have earned 892 yards via the pass as well as an average of 223.0 throwing yards per contest, ranking them 75th in D-1. The UAB Blazers hold an average of 383.0 yards/contest, which ranks them 79th in the country. The UAB offense has 353 yards of penalties on 38 infractions, ranking them 4th in college football in terms of helping out the other team.
UAB has yielded a total of 440 rushing yards (110.0 yards/game) in addition to 1 touchdown rushing on the campaign. They have conceded 10 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 216.5 yards per outing, which has them in 76th in college football. The Blazers defense has been on the field for 267 plays, which is good for 73rd in the country. The Blazers are allowing 20.8 PPG, which has them ranked 63rd in the country. Overall, they have surrendered 83 points.
Who will win tonight's Flames/Blazers college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Blazers -1.5
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