UAB vs. Savannah State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Thursday, August 30
Game Time: 8:00 pm ET
Venue: Legion Field, Birmingham, AL
UAB (0-0) vs. Savannah State (0-0) Game Preview
Not a punching bag anymore – at least, that’s the hope – Savannah State managed to win three of its last four games after an 0-7 start, and comes into this season needing to somehow come up with a big win on the road before the paycheck date at Miami.
UAB is loaded with experience and talent coming off of last year’s stunning revival from the time off. Savannah State might be stronger, but the Blazers need to crank out this win with ease if they want to prove that last season wasn’t a fluke.
With four of the first five games against teams that didn’t go bowling last season, this needs to begin a run for UAB to fatten up.
One Reason Why Savannah State Will Win
It’s a veteran Tiger offense that has the upside to get the ground game going. Nine starters are back, and while the receiving corps might take a hit, and the quarterback situation needs to be settled, the line is all back full, along with RB Jaylen McCloud.
For all of the good things UAB did last season, generating a pass rush wasn’t one of them. No, Savannah State’s front five won’t be confused for Wisconsin’s, but it should be okay enough at times to occasionally keep the Blazers out of the backfield.
One Reason Why UAB Will Win
No, Savannah State, even with all the experience back on offense, isn’t going to suddenly go off against an FBS team.
Everything started to click at the end of last season, but the Tiger offense won’t have the firepower to keep up the pace with a UAB attack that gets ten starters back and was among the most efficient in Conference USA.
UAB will own third downs, QB AJ Erdely will come up with a crisp game, and the offense will always have an answer.
What’s Going To Happen
UAB will get to take it easy in the second half.
Yeah, this isn’t the Savannah State of old that will come out and get hammered by anyone and everyone 77-0, but it’s still a building program that’s not going to be able to handle the balance and effectiveness of the UAB offense. It’ll seem like the Blazers always have the ball.