The UAB Blazers and UTEP Miners meet Friday afternoon in Conference USA week 13 college football action from Protective Stadium in Birmingham. UTEP played Rice in their last outing. The Miners ended up winning by 10 points. As for the Blazers, they’re fresh off a matchup versus UTSA. In that one, UAB lost by three points in a tough one. Check back all season long for free college football picks at Sports Chat Place.
UTEP came out of the gate on a nice run over their first seven games, with a 54-13 loss to Boise State on September 10 being their only defeat. The Miners had some trouble after that however, losing to FAU, UTSA and North Texas in the next three.
On Saturday versus Rice, UTEP gave up 21 points in the second quarter but had the offense moving in a 38-28 win. QB Gavin Hardison put up 366 yards, two scores and a pick. Ronald Awatt rushed for 119 yards on nine carries.
Over on the Blazers’ side, they kicked off the year on a 5-2 run over their first seven, losing to Georgia and Liberty in that stretch. UAB then lost to Rice before beating LA Tech and Marshall to kick off November.
The Blazers played UTSA last weekend. In that matchup UAB had a 24-17 lead at halftime but couldn’t hang on in a 34-31 defeat. QB Dylan Hopkins put up 254 yards with two scores and a pick, and DeWayne McBride led the rush on 144 yards and a TD.
The Miners are 6-2 ATS in their last eight overall and 6-2 ATS in their last eight conference games. UTEP is 5-14-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record.
Meanwhile, the Blazers are 3-0-1 ATS in the last four in November and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six overall. UAB is 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine on turf.
PICK: I’m going to try UAB. The Blazers started out well versus UTSA on Saturday, but eventually faded down the stretch. the 13 penalties certainly didn’t help, but on the plus side UAB put up 20 first downs and 7.8 yards per play.
As for UTEP, they put up a solid offensive game against Rice and I like them to play well here. The Miners finished with 488 total yards, 7.3 yards per play and 23 first downs in their latest win.
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