BIRMINGHAM, AL (The Spread)Southern Miss looks to keep its Conference USA Championship hopes alive when it takes on UAB tonight at 8:00PM ET.

Odds: Oddsmakers have installed visiting Southern Miss as a 23-point favorite over UAB, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 61 points. The Golden Eagles come into this game with a 9-1 record and a 4-1 road record, while the Blazers are 2-8 overall and 1-3 at home.

Line Movement: Southern Miss opened as a 23-point favorite at most books, although there were one or two that set the odds at 21.5. That said, the Golden Eagles remain a 23 or 23.5-point favorite at most offshore and Vegas books, while the over/under total has stayed steady at 61 or 61.5.

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Public Betting: Of the 2,800-plus wagers on today’s game, 76% of college football public bettors currently favor Southern Miss. This information is subject to change leading up to kickoff, however, so make sure you click on the “Public Betting” link provided to ensure that you’re viewing the most up-to-date public betting numbers.

College Football Free Pick: Take the Blazers. Southern Miss’ defense might be showing signs of cracking after allowing a pretty inconsistent Central Florida team to score 29 points in a narrow 30-29 victory last week. In fact, the Golden Eagle defense allowed 28 points to East Carolina the week before allowing 29 to Central Florida. UAB will have a hard time slowing Southern Miss’ offense tonight but led by Jonathan Perry and Greg Franklin, the Blazers have more than enough offense to keep the game within three touchdowns. According to latest college football trends, the underdog is 8-3 against the spread in the last 11 meetings between these two teams.


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