UAB Blazers vs. BYU Cougars 2021 Independence Bowl Betting Odds, Preview, and Prediction

UAB vs BYU Independence Bowl

Shreveport is the place to be this Saturday for the annual Independence Bowl, with the UAB Blazers taking on the BYU Cougars. BYU is the first ranked team to see action during college football’s bowl season and the Cougars have a good shot at ending their campaign on a high note going up against an eight-win UAB program. However, the Blazers are no strangers to bowl games to make this matchup more interesting than it seems at first glance. 

Read on for our odds and preview for the UAB Blazers vs. BYU Cougars 2021 Independence Bowl game below. And to be on top of the latest updates in college football and all other major sports leagues, head on over to Nitrogen Sports Blog after this.

2021 College Football Season: UAB Blazers vs. BYU Cougars Independence Bowl preview and odds 

Where: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA
When: Saturday, December 18, 2021, 3:30 PM ET
Odds: UAB Blazers (+6.5) vs. BYU Cougars (-6.5); total: 55.0
Where to watch: ABC

What to know about the UAB Blazers

UAB Blazers vs. BYU Cougars betting odds for UAB: +6.5

Although the UAB Blazers came up short in winning back-to-back Conference USA titles, they still finished the 2021 regular season with an 8-4 record and a fourth consecutive appearance in a bowl game. UAB has a 1-2 record in those bowl games, with the supposed 2020 bowl game having been canceled due to the pandemic.

The Blazers have finished three games over the .500 mark or better in each of the last four seasons under head coach Bill Clark, continuing the tradition of the Birmingham faithful playing well after the regular-season campaign. They enter Saturday’s contest with some momentum by way of a 42-25 thrashing of the UTEP Miners in the final game of the regular season.

UAB’s two-headed rushing attack of Jermaine Brown Jr. and DeWayne McBride will once again spearhead the team’s offense after combining for 187 rushing yards on 23 carries against UTEP. Brown ran for three touchdowns, while McBride added another score and finished with 1,188 rushing yards for the season. 

What to know about the BYU Cougars

UAB Blazers vs. BYU Cougars betting odds for BYU: -6.5

Make that two straight double-digit winning seasons for the BYU Cougars, whose 10-2 record was good enough to rank the program as the 19th-best team in the nation at season’s end. 

The boys from Brigham Young ended their season the way they started it by staging another five-game win streak capped off with a narrow 35-31 victory over the Pac-12’s USC Trojans in their regular-season finale. The Cougars are 3-1 in bowl games in the five prior seasons under head coach Kalani Sitake, who received a contract extension this past week to keep him at the helm of the program until 2027 for the tremendous job he’s done.

BYU has a balanced offense that averages 33.7 points per contest. Sophomore QB Jaren Hall has been quite the revelation, finishing with 2,583 passing yards and 20 passing touchdowns to just five interceptions. Hall’s fellow second-year standout, running back Tyler Allgeier, has another 1,000-yard rushing season with new career-highs of 1,414 rushing yards and 20 rushing TDs.  

 

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UAB Blazers vs. BYU Cougars betting trends

  • UAB is 5-2 in its last seven games (6-1 ATS). the point total went over in four of the team’s last five outings.
  • As mentioned earlier, BYU went 10-2 in the regular season. However, the team went just 5-7 against the spread.

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What’s your UAB Blazers vs. Byu Cougars Independence Bowl prediction?

It’s clear that the Cougars have the edge in basically all facets of this matchup. Then again, the Blazers are no slouches when it comes to bowl games themselves, leaving open the possibility that UAB can at the very least cover against one of the best independent programs in the country, especially considering BYU’s less-than-impressive record against the spread this season.

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