NCAAF

UAB Blazers vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

UAB
Blazers
9 - 3
Middle Tennessee
Blue Raiders
8 - 4
December 01, 2018, 1:30 PM EST
 | Johnny (Red) Floyd Stadium

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UAB
Blazers
9 - 3
Middle Tennessee
Blue Raiders
8 - 4
December 01, 2018, 1:30 PM EST
 | Johnny (Red) Floyd Stadium
  • The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders and UAB Blazers won’t need to spend much time in the film room this week as they prepare to meet in the Conference USA championship game. This Saturday’s clash will be the second time in seven days that the two teams have taken the same field in Murfreesboro, having concluded their regular seasons against each other last Saturday. Middle Tennessee (8-4 overall, 7-1 C-USA) routed the Blazers (9-3, 7-1) 27-3 in that matchup to clinch home field in the Conference USA final.

    Neither of these programs has much experience playing for conference crowns. Middle Tennessee is making its first title game appearance since splitting the Sun Belt championship with Troy in 2006, while UAB’s C-USA West win this season was the first division title in Blazers history. MTSU is 2.5-point home chalk to beat the Blazers for the second straight week.

    SHARK BITES
    • The UNDER is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between the teams (avg. combined score: 44.75).
    • Middle Tennessee State is 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS in its last seven games at home.
    • UAB is 14-3-1 ATS in its last 18 conference games.

    Middle Tennessee State vs UAB Game Center

    BLAZERS ON TWO-GAME SKID AFTER WINNING EIGHT STRAIGHT

    Did the Blazers peak too soon this season? That may be the fear these days in Birmingham after UAB closed the regular season with consecutive losses, falling 41-20 at Texas A&M before dropping the season finale to Middle Tennessee State.

    During the Blazers’ eight-game winning streak, they held opponents to seven points or less in five of those outings while never allowing more than 24. But over the past two weeks, UAB’s been lit up for 68 points. And on offense, the Blazers scored just seven points through the first three quarters of their loss to the Aggies, then managed just a field goal and 99 yards of offense vs the Blue Raiders.

    It’s worth noting that UAB didn’t have much to play for over the last two weeks, having sewn up first place in the C-USA West by early November. The Blazers were 17-point road underdogs against Texas A&M in a step-up game against an SEC foe, and Middle Tennessee State had a lot more to play for last week. But if UAB did intentionally take its foot off the gas the last two weeks, it’ll be interesting to see if the Blazers can pick up where they left off. We all saw how Michigan got blown up last week at Ohio State after playing its previous two games against conference lightweights.

    MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE ALL BUSINESS AFTER CLINCHING TRIP TO FINAL

    For a school with just two conference title wins in its history, Middle Tennessee State didn’t do much celebrating after last week’s victory over the Blazers that clinched home field in this year’s final. Sure, a little confetti fell to the ground after the final whistle, but the lack of exuberance from players and coaching staff was noticeable.

    Maybe the Blue Raiders didn’t want to give the visiting Blazers any extra motivation. MTSU players knew they would have to take on UAB once again this week, and they know that presents a unique challenge. “We’ve got to be mentally tough … because it’s hard to beat a team twice,” linebacker Khalil Brooks told reporters.

    That may be true, but the Blue Raiders should feel pretty good about their chances based on last week’s result – especially the defense, which held the Blazers attack under 100 total yards.

    LOOK FOR THIS ONE TO STAY LOW

    The trends seem to point to a low-scoring affair in this one. The last four meetings between the teams have gone UNDER, Middle Tennessee has gone UNDER in four straight at home, and UAB has gone UNDER in seven of its last 10 on the road.

    It’s not just trends that make me think this will be a defensive battle, however. I’m also expecting these teams to play tightly and conservatively as they make a rare appearance in a conference championship game. Neither squad has a lot of big-play potential in its running game so if we see coaches play things tight to the vest, we’re not likely to see many fireworks.

Odds

Saturday, December 1 Sat Dec 1


Opening
Current

Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Opening
+1.5
-110
+125
o45
-110
-1.5
-110
-145
u45
-110
Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Current
+1.5
-112
+100
o44
-113
-1.5
-108
-120
u44
-107

Edge Finder

29.54
Total Score
29.85
206.38
Passing Yards
238.46
180.15
Rushing Yards
123.15
31:51
Time on Field
29:55
61.46
Number of Plays
70.77
6.29
Yards Per Play
5.11
29.54
Total Score
29.85
8.77
First Quarter
4.54
8.92
Second Quarter
10.85
5.54
Third Quarter
5.08
6.31
Fourth Quarter
9.38
206.38
Passing Yards
238.46
22.00
Pass Attempts
35.62
14.00
Pass Completions
22.77
2.69
Sacks
2.08
18.46
Sack Yards
15.92
14.74
Yards Per Pass
10.47
180.15
Rushing Yards
123.15
39.46
Rush Attempts
35.15
4.57
Yards Per Rush
3.50
0.77
Interceptions
1.00
1.08
Fumbles
1.54
0.54
Fumbles Lost
0.62
1.31
Total Turnovers
1.62
8.77
Penalties
6.62
84.23
Penalty Yards
56.62
31:51
Time on Field
29:55
61.46
Number of Plays
70.77
6.29
Yards Per Play
5.11
4.54
Punts
5.31
42.80
Punt Average
43.63
44.38
Return Yards
76.00

Head To Head

UAB
Stat Type MIDTEN
3-3
Record
3-3
2-3
ATS
3-2
0-4
O/U
0-4
18.50
Score
22.33
202.17
Rush Yds
151.17
24.83
Pass Attempts
27.50
55.70
Completion %
56.97
141.17
Passing Yds
185.33
343.33
Total Yds
336.5
2.00
Turnovers
1.00
UAB
Stat Type MIDTEN
1-2
Record
2-1
1-2
ATS
2-1
0-3
O/U
0-3
16.67
Score
28.00
159.67
Rush Yds
164.33
28.33
Pass Attempts
30.67
51.76
Completion %
56.52
149.67
Passing Yds
221.67
309.33
Total Yds
386
1.67
Turnovers
0.67
Nov 24/18 (1 of 6)
UAB
Stat Type MIDTEN
Away
Home
3
Score
27
-3
ATS
+3
51 o
O/U
51 u
-1
Rush Yds
133
24
Pass Attempts
29
37.50
Completion %
75.86
90
Passing Yds
261
89
Total Yds
394
1
Turnovers
0
Oct 14/17 (2 of 6)
UAB
Stat Type MIDTEN
Home
Away
25
Score
23
+4
ATS
-4
55.5 o
O/U
55.5 u
260
Rush Yds
131
31
Pass Attempts
44
51.61
Completion %
54.55
174
Passing Yds
263
434
Total Yds
394
1
Turnovers
2
Oct 18/14 (3 of 6)
UAB
Stat Type MIDTEN
Away
Home
22
Score
34
+2
ATS
-2
67 o
O/U
67 u
220
Rush Yds
229
30
Pass Attempts
19
63.33
Completion %
31.58
185
Passing Yds
141
405
Total Yds
370
3
Turnovers
0
Nov 2/13 (4 of 6)
UAB
Stat Type MIDTEN
Home
Away
21
Score
24
+3.5
ATS
-3.5
63.5 o
O/U
63.5 u
299
Rush Yds
259
9
Pass Attempts
23
66.67
Completion %
52.17
57
Passing Yds
170
356
Total Yds
429
2
Turnovers
1
Oct 21/00 (5 of 6)
UAB
Stat Type MIDTEN
Home
Away
14
Score
9
-11
ATS
+11
O/U
240
Rush Yds
65
28
Pass Attempts
29
60.71
Completion %
55.17
153
Passing Yds
146
393
Total Yds
211
1
Turnovers
1
Nov 14/98 (6 of 6)
UAB
Stat Type MIDTEN
Home
Away
26
Score
17
ATS
O/U
195
Rush Yds
90
27
Pass Attempts
21
59.26
Completion %
66.67
188
Passing Yds
131
383
Total Yds
221
4
Turnovers
2

Team Records

UAB
Record MIDTEN
9-3
All
8-4
6-0
Home
5-0
3-3
Away
3-4
0-0
Neutral Site
0-0
8-4
ATS
8-4
5-1
ATS Home
4-1
3-3
ATS Away
4-3
0-0
ATS Neutral Site
0-0
4-7
O/U
5-7
2-3
O/U Home
1-4
2-4
O/U Away
4-3
0-0
O/U Neutral Site
0-0
UAB
Record MIDTEN
7-1
All
7-1
4-0
Home
4-0
3-1
Away
3-1
0-0
Neutral Site
0-0
6-2
ATS
6-2
3-1
ATS Home
3-1
3-1
ATS Away
3-1
0-0
ATS Neutral Site
0-0
2-6
O/U
3-5
2-2
O/U Home
0-4
0-4
O/U Away
3-1
0-0
O/U Neutral Site
0-0
UAB
Record MIDTEN
8-2
All
7-3
5-0
Home
4-0
3-2
Away
3-3
0-0
Neutral Site
0-0
7-3
ATS
7-3
4-1
ATS Home
3-1
3-2
ATS Away
4-2
0-0
ATS Neutral Site
0-0
3-7
O/U
4-6
2-3
O/U Home
0-4
1-4
O/U Away
4-2
0-0
O/U Neutral Site
0-0

Gametime Weather

Weather
12:00pm Chance of a Thunderstorm
16ºC / 61ºF
86% Humidity
33% Precipitation
93% Cloud Cover
Wind Impact Stadium Type Open
Field Image
Arrow Image 17
mph

Injuries

NamePositionInj Desc
No Reported Injuries
NamePositionInj Desc
No Reported Injuries

Last 10 Games

DateOppScoreSULineTotalATSOFF. RUSHOFF. PASSOFF. TOTALDEF. RUSHDEF. PASSDEF. TOTALTO
Nov 24, 2018MIDTEN3-27L-3/51-L/U-190891332613941
Nov 17, 2018TEXA&M20-41L+17/46.5-L/O1113064172521924442
Nov 10, 2018S.MISS26-23W-13.5/45-L/O9720730451601652
Nov 3, 2018UTSA52-3W-21.5/42.5-W/O41924966884136220-1
Oct 27, 2018UTEP19-0W-14.5/50-W/U26592357191011201
Oct 20, 2018NTEXAS29-21W-2/53.5-W/U203189392643364000
Oct 13, 2018RICE42-0W-17/52-W/U208274482501361861
Oct 6, 2018LATECH28-7W+7.5/57-W/U229136365151107258-2
Sep 29, 2018CHARLT28-7W-15.5/52.5-W/U11621433069194263-2
Sep 15, 2018TULANE31-24W+3.5/57.5-W/U269180449175180355-1
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DateOppScoreSULineTotalATSOFF. RUSHOFF. PASSOFF. TOTALDEF. RUSHDEF. PASSDEF. TOTALTO
Nov 24, 2018UAB27-3W+3/51-W/U133261394-19089-1
Nov 17, 2018KENTUC23-34L+16.5/48.5-W/O992933922031213242
Nov 10, 2018UTEP48-32W-13.5/48.5-W/O139352491115218333-1
Nov 2, 2018WKU29-10W-13/53-W/U246228474109270379-2
Oct 27, 2018OLDDOM51-17W-4/62-W/O208280488187333520-4
Oct 20, 2018CHARLT21-13W-16.5/51-L/U331111441502093590
Oct 13, 2018FIU21-24L+2/60.5-L/U187142329703113811
Oct 5, 2018MARSHL34-24W+3/50.5-W/O103317420209173382-2
Sep 29, 2018FLAATL25-24W+2.5/63.5-W/U1372593962721544260
Sep 15, 2018GEORGI7-49L+34/59.5-L/U1581302882612234842
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