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After Trials and Tribulations, UAB Looking For First Bowl Win

Expectations were not high for UAB entering this season considering the team had not played football since 2014 – and even then was not particularly good. However, the Blazers have risen like a phoenix from the ashes and will aim to win the first bowl game in the program’s history when they take on the Ohio Bobcats in the Bahamas Bowl.

Shark Bites
  • UAB is 10-3-1 ATS in its last 14 games.
  • Ohio is 6-1 SU and ATS in its last 7 games after consecutive losses.
  • Ohio QB Nathan Rourke has scored at least 1 rushing TD in 8 games.

The new chapter in the UAB football program has been written by freshman Spencer Brown. The first-year running back tallied 1,292 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Getting Brown going will be vital for UAB, as he has averaged 125.4 yards in wins compared to 72.3 in losses.

Ohio is limping into the bowl season, having lost its last two games of the season – though both were on the road. Much like UAB, the offense relies on the rushing attack but unlike their Bahamas Bowl opponent, the Bobcats have been getting it done by a committee. The trio of AJ Ouellette, Nathan Rourke and Dorian Brown have rushed for 2,467 yards and 35 touchdowns.

UAB Blazers vs Ohio Bobcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This season the Ohio Bobcats are 8-4 overall and 8-4 against the spread, while the Blazers are 8-4 and 8-3-1 ATS. As for the totals, Ohio is 8-3-1 on the OU, and UAB is 3-9. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Ohio vs UAB injuries news.

The game pits the Bobcats, currently No. 32 in our OddsShark NCAA Football Power Rankings, against the Blazers, who rate No. 51 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Ohio's No. 14-ranked offense, averaging 38.92 PPG, against a UAB defense that ranks No. 47 this week at 24.33 PPG. The Ohio aerial game is averaging 187.83 yards per game, less than the UAB secondary allows through the air, 188 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Blazers feature the league's No. 84-rated road run defense, allowing 190.67 yards per game. Ohio, meanwhile, ranks No. 20 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

UTEP didn't make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Blazers as UAB blasted them 28-7 in Week 13 action.

In their last game, the Bobcats were Week 13 losers coming out on the wrong end of a 31-24 score against Buffalo.

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