Date: Friday, October 23
Location: Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama
Time: 7:00 pm
TV: CBS Sports Network
Radio: 94.5 FM WJOX
Series History: UAB leads the series 4-2 but Louisiana won the last meeting 34-0 in 2002.
Bonus! If UAB wins, it would be Coach Bill Clark’s 50th win as a Division 1 Head Coach.
Two of the top five rushers in the nation will square off on Friday night as workhorse back Spencer Brown welcomes Trey Ragas and the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns to Legion Field.
Spencer Brown will enter the game as the #2 rusher in Division 1 while Ragas is #5. So this game may be decided by who can stop the run. UAB has allowed 172.4 yards per game on the ground to their five opponents this year while Louisiana averages 185.5 yards per game on the ground.
On the other hand, Louisiana has given up an average of 196.2 yards a game rushing and 395.8 yards per game overall. That bodes well for a UAB offense that averages 186.8 yards per game, has had a 100 yard rusher in four of their five games and has only given up three sacks all year.
While the Blazer’s offense should be able to move the ball, it will be the defense that is the key to this game and boy do they have their hands full. They will have to contain Levi Lewis and a great rushing offense. Lewis has thrown for 900 yards and five touchdowns against four interceptions. While the three headed back monster of Ragas, Elijah Mitchell and Chris Smith will change up the rushing pace all night.
It should be a very interesting game as both teams are very well coached and very talented. It’s almost as if we will be watching an unstoppable force meet an immovable object.
I think the spirit of Legion Field puts UAB over the top and they win their 22nd home game in a row.
UAB 38, Louisiana 35
Billy Napier will look to lead his football program back out onto the gridiron after a brutal loss at home last week against Coastal Carolina. Now, the Cajuns are tasked with Bryson Lucero, Spencer Brown, and the UAB Blazers. UAB will continue to defend the turf of Legion Field, as they have now won 21 straight home games. Interestingly enough, the Cajuns are a great road team and will look to end the streak that has stood for three years.
The Cajuns will be stacked with their best players this week as Ferrod Gardner, Lorenzo McCaskill, Kyren Lacy, and more are all healthy and primed to play Friday night. I’m looking forward to a great contest between two very evenly matched teams with great coaching on both sidelines.
Prediction: Louisiana 34, UAB 28