Southern Miss vs. UAB fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, November 10
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Legion Field, Birmingham, AL
Southern Miss (4-4) vs. UAB (8-1) Game Preview
What’s Going To Happen
On a seven game winning streak, UAB has the Conference USA West title all wrapped up with a win and a Louisiana Tech loss to Rice.
Louisiana Tech isn’t going to lose to Rice. However, if the Blazers win this week and at Middle Tennessee in a few weeks, they have the division wrapped up no matter what. But if Southern Miss wins, it’s still alive and kicking – and so is Louisiana Tech and North Texas.
The Golden Eagles haven’t been special, but they’ve managed to come up with wins just when they need them the most. More realistically than the C-USA title, they want to get bowl eligible, needing to win two of the last three against UAB, Louisiana Tech and at UTEP.
USM doesn’t move the chains, and it doesn’t have a rushing attack, but the defense has been impressive, it’s nasty against the run, and the team dominates the clock and the tempo.
The big problem, though, is a UAB defense that doesn’t give up a thing on third downs. Teams convert just 23% of the time against the Blazers. The defense is amazing against the pass, the offense is running well, and it’s all working in a dominant run.
Over the last six weeks, UAB has allowed seven points or fewer five times. The Southern Miss offense doesn’t have the explosion to do a whole lot about it.
This should be a defensive slugfest with both quarterback situations a bit iffy. The Blazer defense living behind the line to slow down the Golden Eagle ground game. The passing attack won’t make up for it.
Fearless Prediction & Line
UAB 24, Southern Miss 10
Line: UAB -12, o/u: 47
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 2
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