Tigers host Blazers in Week 2 action
UAB Blazers vs LSU Tigers Odds
LSU got past TCU in a testing season opener and now the Tigers now take on some lighter fare when they welcome the Blazers from Alabama-Birmingham to Death Valley Saturday night (7 pm ET, ESPNU).
In early wagering Louisiana State, which only went 3-5 ATS last year as double-digit favorites, were favored by 34 points over UAB, which blew a two-touchdown lead and lost its opener to Troy.
Betting Line: Sportsbooks such as Sportsbook.ag had set the Tigers as 33.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest.
Power Rankings / Prediction: The Tigers - Blazers odds would favor the Tigers if the lines were set according to power ranks. LSU is rated No. 6 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Blazers sit at No. 64. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 42-29 win for the Tigers.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up LSU's No. 39-ranked offense (37 PPG) against a Blazers defense that ranks No. 79 at 34 PPG. The Tigers passing attack has averaged 251 yards per game, less than the Blazers give up through the air (319 YPG on average).
Last time out for UAB, they were a 34-31 loser as they battled Troy on the road. UAB covered in the match as a 4.5-point underdog, while 65 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Austin Brown handled the Trojans defense in his team's most recent action, throwing for 301 yards, but UAB still lost to Troy 34-31.
LSU was a 37-27 winner in its last match on the road against TCU. They covered the 4-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 64 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Last time out for the the Horned Frogs, they were scorched by Odell Beckham for 118 receiving yards against the Tigers in a 37-27 loss at Cowboys Stadium.
UAB Blazers Trends:
When playing in September are 1-9
When playing on grass are 0-10
After being outgained are 3-7
When playing outside the conference are 1-9
LSU Tigers Trends:
When playing in September are 10-0
When playing on grass are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 9-1
When playing outside the conference are 9-1
A few Blazers at Tigers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of UAB's last 10 games on the road
UAB is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games
UAB is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
LSU is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games at home
LSU is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games
LSU is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
UAB home to Northwestern State, Saturday, September 21
LSU home to Kent State, Saturday, September 14