Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 1:30pm EST
Written by David Hess
It's Championship Saturday in the world of College Football and we will see a pair of teams square off that have won the last two Conference U.S.A. Title games. The UAB Blazers will travel to FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida to battle it out with the Florida Atlantic Owls in this contest.
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The Blazers have had a solid 9-3 season, which includes a 6-2 mark in league play. They tied the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs atop Conference U.S.A West but won the tiebreaker thanks to a 20-14 home win over the Bulldogs back on November 23rd. The Blazers come in having won their last three games in a row, so they have some momentum heading into this game. Their last two wins have been by five points or less abut still, they were wins. The Blazers will now be looking to secure their 2nd league title in a row. They won last year's title game by a score of 27-25 over Middle Tennessee State. Can they make it two in a row? We shall see.
UAB enters this game off a 26-21 road win over North Texas. The defense has been strong down the stretch as they have now allowed just 15 ppg over their last three games. The Mean Green did throw for 268 yards on the Blazers and that was a bit of a shocker as UAB is currently 6th in the nation against the pass, allowing just 175.5 ypg through the air for the year. This pass defense will be tested against the Owls, who rank 31st in the nation in passing. UAB allowed the Mean Green just 21 yards on the ground and that is not a surprise as they are 4th in the nation against the run, allowing just 88.8 ypg this year. The Blazers are 12th in points allowed, giving up just 18.5 ppg.
The Blazers did not have a great game on offense against the Mean Green as they had just 310 yards of total offense in the contest, but it was enough to give them the win. The Blazers have been middle of the pack in the nation in rushing as they rank 66th in that category but they had 203 yards rushing against North Texas. Spencer Brown led the way with 111 yards and a TD. QB Dylan Hopkins
has started the last five games and he has not put up impressive numbers. Hopkins has completed just 51.2% of his passes for 512 yards with three TDs and four INTs so far. He could have a good game in this one as the Owls are 95th against the pass.