Why Middle Tennessee Will Win The Conference USA Championship
– Ummmmmm, yeah. That really might have been a preview of this week. Middle Tennessee was under pressure from the UAB defensive front, and he still ripped off a 22-of-29 day for 261 yards and two touchdowns.
Worst of all for UAB, the offensive line got absolutely destroyed, allowing seven sacks and 12 tackles for loss. Even if the Blazers weren’t pressing with this game already locked up, they gained 89 yards. That’s especially not okay, because …
– AJ Erdely hasn’t been right for a while. The UAB quarterback suffered a shoulder injury a month again against UTEP, missed three games, and came back to completed just 9-of-20 passes. The efficient, solid passer of last year has been too erratic all season, only doing much of anything against the weak and the sad. If Middle Tennessee gets up early and UAB has to mount a comeback, uh oh.
– UAB throws a lot of interceptions, and Middle Tennessee picks off a lot of passes. The Blue Raiders came up with 13 takeaways on the year, going going 8-0 with they picked off a pass and 0-4 when they didn’t. Charlotte and North Texas – those were the only two games that UAB didn’t throw an interception.