The UAB Blazers (5-6, 3-4 Conference-USA) are on the road Saturday visiting Ruston, Louisiana and Joe Aillet Stadium to play the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (3-8, 2-5 Conference-USA). UAB lost to the LSU Tigers 41-10 last Saturday for their fourth loss in the last five games. The Blazers gained only 259 yards of total offense and allowed LSU 565 yards of total offense. Louisiana Tech lost its second straight win falling to Charlotte 26-21 last Saturday. The Bulldogs gained 350 yards of total offense but committed a pair of costly turnovers. Wide receiver Ryan Davis is out for UAB. Quarterback Matthew Downing is out for Louisiana Tech.
UAB has an above average defenseUAB is allowing an average of 23.1 points per game which is 42nd in the nation. The Blazers are allowing an average of 359.0 yards per game which is 45th and consists of 166.7 yards rushing and 192.3 yards passing. UAB's defense against the pass is the 25th best in the nation. Linebacker Noah Wilder is the leading tackler for UAB with 100, while lineman Drew Tuazama is the leader in quarterback sacks with 3.5. The leader in interceptions with 3 is safety Grayson Cash. UAB as a team has 18 quarterback sacks and 9 pickoffs.
The UAB offense is scoring an average of 30.0 points per game which is 54th in the country. UAB’s running game is very strong, averaging 228.4 yards per game which is 10th best in the nation while the passing attack is averaging 208.9 yards per game which is 99th. Overall UAB averages 437.3 yards of total offense which is 35th. UAB quarterback Dylan Hopkins has 1625 yards passing with eight touchdowns and just two interceptions. Duane McBride has 1441 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns, while Jermaine Brown Jr has rushed for 713 yards and four touchdowns. Trea Shropshire has 34 receptions for 666 yards and four touchdowns to lead all receivers for UAB.
Louisiana Tech's defense is its weak linkThe Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are allowing an average of 38.0 points per game which is 128th in the country. Opponents are averaging 228.4 yards rushing which is 129th and 237.8 yards passing which is 90th, for a total of 466.2 yards per game, ranking Louisiana Tech as 127th in total defense. The leading tackler for Louisiana Tech is linebacker Hugh Davis with 71, while the leader in quarterback sacks is cornerback Jaiden Cole with 3.5 Cornerbacks Willie Roberts and Myles Brooks each have three interceptions to lead Louisiana Tech.
The Louisiana Tech offense cannot make up for what its defense is giving up. Louisiana Tech is scoring an average of 29.2 points per game which is 60th in the country. The Bulldogs are averaging 117.5 yards rushing and 269.1 yards passing for a total of 386.6 yards per game of total offense which is 70th in the country. Louisiana Tech quarterback Landry Lyddy played in place of Parker McNeill last Saturday in the loss to Charlotte. Lyddy has passed for 687 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions. Marquis Crosby has rushed for 846 yards with eight touchdowns and Tre Harris has caught 59 passes for 872 yards and nine touchdowns to lead all receivers
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Full-Game Side Bet
The strength of the UAB offense, its running game, will exploit the weakness of the Louisiana Tech defense early and often. UAB is averaging 228.4 yards per game on the ground which is 10th best in the nation and will face a Louisiana Tech defense against the run that is allowing an average of 228.4 yards per game which is 129th. Once Louisiana Tech stacks 7 or more players on the line of scrimmage to stop the running game for the Blazers, UAB quarterback Dylan Hopkins will go over the top and burn the Bulldogs secondary. Louisiana Tech’s strength is its passing game, but faces a UAB defense that is allowing an average of only 192.3 yards per game through the air, which is 25th best in the country.
Full-Game Total Pick
The total has finished over in 9 of Louisiana Tech’s last 11 games played in the Conference USA as well as in 16 of the Bulldogs last 21 games at home. UAB has seen the total finish over in each of its last 5 games played during November and in five of the last seven played following a loss straight up. UAB is scoring an average of 30.0 points per game and Louisiana Tech scores an average of 29.2 points per game but even worse, the Bulldogs are allowing an average of 38.0 points per game.