UAB vs. BYU Betting Odds & Game Analysis | College Football Independence Bowl Predictions

By Dan Watson | December 13, 2021 12:37 AM

The UAB Blazers are the underdogs, but by less than a touchdown (+6.5), in this season’s Independence Bowl, where they will meet the BYU Cougars. Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana will host the matchup on December 18, 2021, starting at 3:30 PM ET. An over/under of 54.5 points has been set for the outing.

Welcome to the BestOdds betting breakdown where we use data from our industry leading partner, Sportradar, to identify performance trends in order to analyze teams’ chances in the upcoming game.

BYU stats and betting info

Betting trends for BYU

  • BYU has a 5-7-0 record against the spread this season.
  • The Cougars are 2-4 against the spread when favored by 6.5 points or more this season.
  • In BYU’s 12 games with a set total, five have hit the over (41.7%).
  • Five BYU games this season have gone over Saturday’s over/under of 54.5 points.
  • This season, the average total for Cougars games is 57.2 points, 2.7 more than the over/under of 54.5 points for this contest.
  • The Cougars collect 456.6 yards per game, 132.3 more yards than the 324.3 the Blazers give up per outing.
  • When BYU totals over 324.3 yards, the team is 10-2.
  • The Cougars have turned the ball over 11 times this season, eight fewer than the Blazers have forced (19).
Stat Average (Total) Rank
Pass yards 269.8 (3238) 25
Rush yards 186.8 (2241) 41
Points scored 33.5 (402) 34
Pass yards against 235.5 (2826) 77
Rush yards against 151.4 (1817) 66
Points allowed 24.3 (291) 47

Key players for BYU

  • Jaren Hall has thrown for 2,583 yards (215.3 ypg) to lead BYU, completing 63.9% of his passes and recording 20 touchdown passes and five interceptions this season. He’s also run for 307 yards (25.6 ypg) on 62 carries with three rushing touchdowns.
  • Tyler Allgeier has carried the ball 249 times for a team-high 1,404 yards (117.0 per game), with 20 touchdowns this year. He’s also tacked on 26 catches for 187 yards (15.6 per game).
  • Puka Nacua’s 796 receiving yards (66.3 yards per game) lead the team. He has 42 receptions with six touchdowns.

UAB stats and betting info

Betting trends for UAB

  • UAB’s ATS record is 8-3-0 this season.
  • The Blazers have not yet covered the spread as underdogs of 6.5 points or more this year (0-1).
  • UAB games have gone over the point total in five out of 11 opportunities (45.5%).
  • This season, four of UAB’s games have ended with a score higher than 54.5 points.
  • A difference of 4.4 points separates this matchup’s over/under (54.5 points) and the average total points bet in Blazers’ games (50.1 points) this season.
  • The Blazers average just 2.6 fewer yards per game (384.3) than the Cougars allow (386.9).
  • When UAB churns out more than 386.9 yards, the team is 5-2.
  • The Blazers have turned the ball over 16 times, three fewer times than the Cougars have forced turnovers (19).
Stat Average (Total) Rank
Pass yards 207.8 (2493) 91
Rush yards 176.6 (2119) 53
Points scored 29.4 (353) 60
Pass yards against 219.0 (2628) 52
Rush yards against 105.3 (1263) 11
Points allowed 22.8 (274) 40

Key players for UAB

  • Dylan Hopkins has 2,085 passing yards (173.8 ypg) to lead UAB, completing 64.2% of his passes and tossing 15 touchdown passes and six interceptions this season.
  • The team’s top rusher, Dewayne McBride, has carried the ball 177 times for 1,185 yards (98.8 per game), with 12 touchdowns this year.
  • Trea Shropshire’s team-leading 682 receiving yards (56.8 yards per game) have come on 25 receptions with six touchdowns.

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