Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. Alabama-Birmingham Blazers, NCAAF New Orleans Bowl. The Mountaineers went as far as they could this season. The team not only arrives at this New Orleans Bowl hungry for victory, but also with the goal of closing the season in style. The Blazers could not do anything for the CUSA title, but at least they will be playing something important before closing the year.
Appalachian State: Conference and Bowl.
The Mountaineers are champions of the Sun Belt conference after winning against Louisiana at home 45-38. The overall record is 12-1 this season, and at the conference the team closed with 8-1. The only defeat in the season was against a Georgia Southern 21-24 conference opponent. The second game of the season was against another member of CUSA, the team won 56-41 against Charlotte.
This season the Mountaineers are scoring an average of 39.4 points at home, 43.1 rushes with 240.2 rush yards, 17.4 completed passes with 214.8 pass yards. The defense allows up to 20.2 points, 35.3 rushes with 147.6 rush yards, 16.6 completed passes with 189.2 pass yards. In the ATS the team has a record of 10-3-0 and 5-7-1 in Totals.
Zac Thomas will be playing as quarterback for this bowl. 63.3% for 212 completed passes this season, 2576 yards, 26 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. 149.9 overall rating. 95 personal rushes for 412 yards and 7 touchdowns. The last games at home were relatively easy for Thomas, less than 10 full passes in the last three games.
Alabama-Birmingham (UAB): Inside the game.
The Blazers could not win the conference championship. The team lost to Florida Atlantica 6-49 on the road. The only consolation left to the Blazers is to try to win this bowl as a place. But the rival they have in front is one of the 20 best teams in the nation according to the latest AP Poll. The overall record is 9-4 and in the 6-3 conference.
The team is scoring an average of 23.6 points per game, 40.3 rushes with 162.4 rush yards, 13 completed passes for 186 pass yards. 1.9 turnovers per game. The defense allows up to 20.8 points per game, 33.1 rushes with 106.5 rush yards, 15.7 completed passes with 188.2 pass yards.
Dylan Hopkins will be leading the offensive in this game. 51.8% for 44 completed passes, 563 yards, 3 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. 107.3 overall rating, 64 personal rushes with 217 yards and 1 touchdown. Hopkins is replacing the starting quarterback of the team.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. Alabama-Birmingham Blazers 12/21/2019 is: take the Appalachian State -16.5 (Spread).
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