Free College Football Picks Today: Alabama-Birmingham Blazers vs Georgia Southern Eagles 9/17/22

Free College Football Picks Today: Alabama-Birmingham Blazers vs Georgia Southern Eagles 9/17/22
Sat 17th September 2022

The Georgia Southern University Eagles (2-0, 1-0 Away) travel to take on the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers (1-1, 1-0 Home) at Protective Stadium on Saturday. The Blazers are 11.5-point favorites, and the total is 55.5. Georgia Southern (2-0, 1-0 Away) is coming off a tight 45-42 win over Nebraska at Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium last Saturday. Kyle Vantrease threw for 409 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Gerald Green ran 10 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns. Derwin Burgess Jr. caught 12 passes for 119 yards. UAB (1-1, 1-0 Home) lost 21-14 to Liberty at Williams Stadium last Saturday. Dylan Hopkins was 10 of 15 for 114 yards. DeWayne McBride carried 20 times for 177 yards and a touchdown. Trea Shropshire caught one reception for 56 yards.

TALE OF THE TAPE

The Eagles are averaging 52.0 points per game so far this season, fifth in FBS, and they are facing a Blazers defense that has surrendered 10.5 PPG (17th). Meanwhile, UAB has scored 36.5 points a game this season, 50th in the nation, and Georgia Southern is allowing 24.5 PPG (72nd).The Eagles rank as one of the nation’s top teams in passing yards per game (388.0, 4th), while they are 49th in rushing yards (185.0). The Blazers are 30th in passing yards allowed per game (169.5) and 84th against the run (143.0).UAB has been one of the nation’s top rushing teams, averaging 236.0 yards per game (20th), while ranking 110th in passing yards (180.5). Georgia Southern’s defense has been beatable on the ground, as the Eagles are 121st in the country in rushing yards allowed per game (214.5). Against the pass, the Eagles are 50th (198.0).

TOP PERFORMERS

Through two games, Vantrease has thrown for five touchdowns (3 INT) and 388.0 yards per game to lead Georgia Southern in passing. Green leads the team in rushing with an average of 88.0 yards a game over two games. He has three touchdowns on the ground. Khaleb Hood is the Eagles’ leading receiver with 85.0 yards a game and one TD. Hopkins has one passing touchdown with 152.5 yards per game through two games to lead UAB. In one prior home game this season, he threw for one TD and 191 yards. Jermaine Brown Jr. has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 102.5 yards a game through two games. He has two touchdowns. Tejhaun Palmer has been a key target in the Blazers’ aerial attack, averaging 38.5 yards per game through two appearances.

SportsTips’ College Football Pick:

Georgia Southern (+325)

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