The UAB Blazers and the BYU Cougars will dance this December at the 2021 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl down in Los Angeles. This is should be an entertaining game to watch, as both teams are stacked with talent and confidence. Check out our preview of this UAB-Blazers bowl game matchup below.
Betting Preview for the UAB Blazers vs BYU Cougars NCAA Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl College Football Game on December 18, 2021
Where: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Los Angeles
When: Saturday, December 18, 2021, 4:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ABC
Betting on the UAB Blazers (+8)
Record: 8-4 Overall / 6-2 Conference
Although BYU failed to reach the Conference USA championship game for the first time in four years, the Blazers can still feel good about being bowl eligible. This is a battle-tested UAB squad that had experience in facing one of the best, albeit in a 56-7 crushing loss to the Georgia Bulldogs way back in September in Athens and lost by a narrow margin to the UTSA Roadrunners on Nov. 20. UAB utilizes a run-heavy offense, one that is second in the conference with 188.31 rushing yards per game. Junior running back Sincere McCormick is tops in the league with 1,479 rushing yards to go with 15 touchdowns on the ground. UAB is coming off a 42-25 home win over the UTEP Miners on Nov. 26, a game in which the Blazers burned rubber for 220 rushing yards and four rushing scores.
UAB is 8-3-1 against the spread, so far in the 2021 college football season.
Betting on the BYU Cougars (-8)
Record: 10-2 Overall / 0-0 Conference
For the second season in a row, the Cougars have mounted a 10-win season, which BYU guaranteed with a 35-31 road win over the USC Trojans on Nov. 27. Running back Tyler Allgeier led the Cougars with 111 rushing yards and a couple of touchdowns on 21 carries. Overall, BYU had 189 rushing yards and three rushing scores in that game. There are certainly enough weapons in the backfield for the Cougars to keep up with UAB’s ground attack. Plus, BYU has a better passing game. The Cougars entered last week’s game against the Trojans 30th in the nation in completion percentage and 40th in passing yards per game. Quarterback Jaren Hall threw two interceptions against USC but had two touchdown tosses and 276 passing yards on 20/32 completions. Picks don’t always happen for BYU’s offense as well, as the Cougars have the 13th fewest interceptions thrown in the nation with only five.
BYU is 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games against C-USA teams.
BYU wins, 40-26.
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