Kickoff: 11:30/10:30(c) AM @ NASSAU, BAHAMAS
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Thursday, December 15, 2022 4:07 PM
UAB (6-6) vs. MIAMI (OH) (6-6)
BAHAMAS BOWL - NASSAU, BAHAMAS
Friday, December 16, 2022
Betting Line: UAB -11 O/U 45
The 2022 Bowl Season kicks off tomorrow morning in the Bahamas where it will be 81 degrees under cloudy skies with a chance of rain for the 8th Annual Bahamas Bowl being played between the UAB Blazers and the Miami (OH) Redhawks.
This is a matchup against Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference at the 15,000 seat Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium and the first meetup between these schools. Both teams finished 4-4 in conference play and 0-1 against Top 25 teams during the regular season. This is the 1st appearance for Miami (OH) and the 2nd appearance for UAB who last played in the Bermuda Bowl in 2017 losing 41-6 to Ohio.
Middle Tennessee beat Toledo 31-24 in last year's bowl game,
UAB BLAZERS (6-6)
CONFERENCE USA Record: (4-4)
The Blazers finished 5th in Conference USA this year and won 2 of the last 3 games with the loss being against LSU.
UAB runs the ball well and is ranked #5 in the NCAA in rushing yards with an average of 243.8 per game.
Ranked #2 averaging 5.97 yards per carry on the ground.
Ranked #7 with 2,925 total rushing yards on the year.
Ranked #17 with 30 rushing TDs on the year.
They are led by RB DeWayne McBride who sits atop college football in total rushing yards with 1,713 on the year in 11 games. He averages 155.7 yards per game with a 7.3 yards per carry rate on the ground. He ranks 2nd in the NCAA with 19 rushing TDs on the year. McBride was named the player of the year in Conference USA.
The Blazers do not throw the ball very much having attempted only 293 passes on the year. They rank #107 in total passing yards with 2,382 yards this season. They have only thrown 6 INTs which ranks 4th in the NCAA.
UAB ranks #53 in offensive scoring averaging 30.6 points per game. Their offense gains 442.2 yards per game and are ranked #31 in the nation with a 44.2% 3rd Down Conversion rate. They have a 50/50 chance to convert on 4th down.
Penalties have been costly this year for the Blazers, and they rank near the bottom in the NCAA with 84 penalties on the year.
The defense has allowed 368.2 yards per game to opponents. They rarely get in the backfield, averaging only 1.75 sacks per game. They rank #41 in total points allowed giving up 23.42 points per game.
Retired NFL, Atlanta Falcons
Singer and former UAB QB
US Surgeon General
Founder HealthSouth Corporation
MIAMI (OH) REDHAWKS (6-6)
MID AMERICAN Record: (4-4)
The Redhawks finished 6th in the Mid-American Conference this year and won 3 of their last 4 games to become bowl eligible.
The Redhawks are known for their defense if anything this year. The offense is almost non-existent, but QB Aveon Smith is the first quarterback to lead the team in rushing and passing yards in a season.
The defense ranks #34 in college football only allowing 22.5 points per game, but the offense ranks #113 in offensive points scored with a 20.2 points per game average.
Miami (OH) ranks #117 with a .322 average on 3rd down conversions, and they are slightly better on 4th down with a .412 conversion rate.
As a team they are fairly disciplined, ranking #39 with 66 penalties on the year. They have lost 7 fumbles and have recovered 9 on the year. They average 2.17 sacks per game ranking #62 in the NCAA.
Ranked #62 in total defense allowing 371.8 yards per game to opponents.
Ranked #122 in total offense gaining 308.4 yards per game.
Retired NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers
Head Coach Baltimore Ravens
Head Coach Los Angeles Rams
23rd President of the United States
C. Michael Armstrong
CEO of AT&T
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