Rice Owls VS UAB Blazers

College Football 01:00 PM ET

Monday

12/12/2020

ESPN3

Spread: Spread: Rice Owls +8.5

Over/Under: 44.5

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The UAB Blazers will be running through the defensive line against the Rice Owls at the Rice Stadium in Houston on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at 1:00 PM ET. The UAB Blazers are in 3rd place in the Conference USA West Division with a 4-3 overall standing. Alabama  Birmingham lost their last 2 contests against Louisiana (20-24) and Louisiana Tech (34-37) last October 23rd & 31st, respectively. Since then, the Blazers did not play on the field for more than a month prior to their scheduled match-up with the Rice Owls on Saturday. UAB won 4 of their last 7 contests against Central Arkansas (45-35) in the opener, South Alabama (42-10), Texas-San Antonio (21-13), and Western Kentucky (37-14). Alabama-Birmingham lost to Miami (14-31) including the last two outings versus Louisiana and Louisiana Tech. UAB accumulated a total of 213 points and gave up 164 for a point-difference of +49 on the year.

QB Bryson Lucero completed 54.1% of his pass attempts for 969 yards with 7 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, and 2 sacks to lead the offense for the Blazers. RB Spencer Brown led the running game for 740 yards on 156 attempts and nailed 10 touchdowns while WR Austin Watkins Jr. grabbed 34 passes for 468 yards and landed 3 touchdowns for UAB. LB Kristopher Moll led the Blazers’ defenders with 47 total tackles, 1.0 sack for 7 sack yards, and defended 2 passes in the secondary of Alabama-Birmingham.

UAB Blazers vs Rice Owls Predictions 12/12/2020

The Rice Owls come into this match to face the UAB Blazers in the Conference USA West Division showdown on Saturday. Rice will try to continue their successful tour after they handed Marshall their first defeat this season and improved their standing to 2-2. The victory was very impressive as the Owls stopped the offense of the stronger Thundering Herd team and held them scoreless to snatch the win at 20-0. Rice also won over Southern Miss (30-6) but lost to Middle Tennessee (34-40) in the opener and North Texas (17-27). The Rice Owls accrued a total of 101 points and their defense surrendered 73 for a +28 point-difference.

QB Mike Collins directed Rice’s offense with a 61.6% completion of his attempted passes for 802 yards and acquired 10 touchdowns, 1 interception, and 10 sacks. RB Khalan Griffin led the ground offense of the Owls with 58 attempted rushes for 215 yards while TE Jordan Myers contributed one touchdown in rushing for 10 yards. WR Austin Trammel was Rice’s top receiver with 16 receptions for 335 yards and landed 6 touchdowns. LB Blaze Alldredge initiated 42 total tackles in leading the Owls’ defensive line with 1.0 sack for 10 sack yards, 1 interception, and defended 1 pass in the secondary. 

UAB Blazers vs. Rice Owls. The NCAAF Pick for this game is Rice +8.5. The Rice Owls proved that their defense is capable of stopping the offense of a much stronger team like the Marshall Thundering Herd as they held them scoreless at 20-0. The Owls are the only team that overpowered the top-ranked Marshall team in the C-USA East. Offensively, Rice has an average of 25.25 points per game while UAB recorded 30.4 points per match. However, the Owls’ defense is much better as they allowed just 18.2 points per match-up and the Blazers gave-up 23.4 points per contest. The Rice Owls can take advantage of the UAB’s struggle with their weak defense and snatch the victory at home. Final Score Prediction, the Rice Owls will win at 24-23.  

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UAB Blazers vs Rice Owls 12/12/2020 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAF Starting Time: 1:00 PM ET

Location: Rice Stadium in Houston, TX

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020

TV: ESPN3

NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Rice Owls +8.5

NCAAF Totals: 44.5

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