Free College Football Picks Today: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Alabama-Birmingham Blazers 10/21/22

Free College Football Picks Today: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Alabama-Birmingham Blazers 10/21/22
Fri 21st October 2022

Offense meets defense when the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers (4-3, 2-1 CUSA) host the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers (4-2, 2-1 CUSA) at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium on Friday. The Hilltoppers are 2.5-point favorites, and the total is 57.UAB is coming off an impressive 34-20 win over Charlotte at Protective Stadium on Saturday.

Dylan Hopkins was 15 of 23 for 231 yards with a touchdown and an interception. DeWayne McBride ran 29 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns. T.J. Jones caught two passes for 59 yards. Western Kentucky beat Middle Tennessee 35-17 at Johnny (Red) Floyd Stadium on Saturday. Austin Reed threw for 278 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Kye Robichaux carried eight times for 78 yards and a touchdown. Malachi Corley also scored once. He hauled in 10 receptions for 100 yards.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The teams are meeting in the regular season for the first time since October 2020, a 37-14 win for the Blazers. Bryson Lucero tossed one touchdown for UAB, as Austin Watkins Jr. scored once. Kevaris Thomas tossed two touchdowns for Western Kentucky.

TALE OF THE TAPE

The Blazers are averaging 34.5 points per game for the season, 37th in FBS, and they are facing a Hilltoppers defense that has surrendered 22.7 PPG (45th). Meanwhile, Western Kentucky has scored 40.0 points a game this season, 19th in the nation, and UAB is allowing 17.3 PPG (17th).The Blazers rank as one of the nation’s top teams in rushing yards per game (244.0, 8th), while they are 105th in passing yards (205.5).

The Hilltoppers are 82nd in passing yards allowed per game (242.4) and 36th against the run (120.4).Western Kentucky has been one of the nation’s top passing teams, averaging 344.4 passing yards per game (6th), while ranking 77th in rushing yards (144.4). UAB’s defense has been equally impressive through the air, as the Blazers are 15th in the country in passing yards allowed per game (176.2). Against the run, the Blazers are 66th (143.0).

TOP PERFORMERS

Through six games, Dylan Hopkins has thrown for six touchdowns (2 INT) and 195.0 yards per game to lead UAB in passing. In two away games this season, he has two TDs (1 INT) and an average of 172.5 yards passing.

DeWayne McBride leads the team in rushing with an average of 155.6 yards a game over five games. He has 11 touchdowns on the ground. Trea Shropshire is the Blazers’ leading receiver with 90.5 yards a game and two TDs. Austin Reed has 21 passing touchdowns (5 INT) with 330.6 yards per game through seven games to lead Western Kentucky.

In three home games this season, he has thrown for 12 TDs (2 INT) and an average of 354.3 yards. Kye Robichaux has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 65.4 yards a game through seven games. He has three touchdowns. Daewood Davis has been a key target in the Hilltoppers’ passing game. He has five touchdowns and an 87.1 yard per game average through seven appearances.

SportsTips’ College Football Pick:

UAB

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