Bowl season is here and as per tradition, the Bahamas Bowl always gets us started.
Conference USA's UAB travels to Nassau to take on Miami (Ohio) from the MAC in the first bowl game of the year. The Blazers were snake bitten by injuries and some poor turnover luck throughout the season, but will look to go out on a high note against a RedHawks team that obtained bowl eligibility on the last week of the season.
How should we handicap this bowl game with the Blazers sitting as double digit favorites?
Here are the odds for the Bahamas Bowl:
Miami (Ohio) vs. UAB Odds, Spread and Total
Miami (Ohio) vs. UAB Betting Trends
- Miami (Ohio) is 5-7 against the spread (ATS) this season
- UAB is 4-8 ATS this season
- Miami (Ohio) went under in nine of 12 games this season
- Miami (Ohio) head coach Chuck Martin is 3-0 ATS in bowl games
Miami (Ohio) vs. UAB Prediction and Pick
This is a brutal matchup for the RedHawks, as evident with the double digit spread in a bowl game. Miami (Ohio) won't have Brett Gabbert under center who hit the transfer portal, and run first signal caller Aveon Smith will be QB1 for this one.
While Smith has experience this season, the Miami (Ohio) offense struggled all season, scoring more than 27 points just three times this year and rank 130th in success rate and 121st in EPA/Play.
They will struggle to keep up with a potent Blazers offense that has talented running back Dewayne McBride (1,713 yards and 19 touchdowns) and a capable quarterback in Dylan Hopkins. Overall, UAB is 14th in terms of EPA/Play this season and this Miami (Ohio) offense won't be able to match that output.
Ultimately, UAB has too much firepower in this one for their MAC opponent to keep up with. McBride and co. scored 35 or more in five games against FBS foes, and I think they put up similar in this game as well, covering the double digit number.
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