Independence Bowl Betting Prediction

UAB vs. BYU, 12/18/21 Independence Bowl Betting Predictions

No. 13 BYU will take on UAB at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC when the two teams play in Shreveport, LA for the 2021 Independence Bowl. With the Cougars laying 6.5 points and the total sitting at 55, where’s the value in today’s matchup?

Game Snapshot

211 UAB Blazers (+6.5) at 212 BYU Cougars (-6.5); o/u 55

3:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, December 18, 2021

Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA

TV: ABC

UAB Blazers Game Notes

UAB sophomore RB DeWayne McBride (ankle) is healthy and will play in Saturday's Independence Bowl against BYU. McBride (5'11/220) exited UAB's season-finale UTEP with an ankle injury, but has healed up in recent weeks and is set to go in Saturday's game against BYU. McBride has been a staple in UAB's offense this season, rushing 177 times for 1,185 yards and 12 touchdowns, which included five games of 100+ yards on the ground.

BYU Cougars Game Notes

BYU redshirt junior RB Lopini Katoa says he plans to return for another season. BYU RB Lopini Katoa told reporters at the pre-practice media availability this morning that he plans to return to BYU for another season. Katoa went through an ankle injury this season but otherwise was highly productive and should be able to continue building.

UAB vs. BYU Betting Prediction

The Blazers have covered in four straight games when facing an opponent with a winning record. They’re also 4-1 against the number in their last five games when listed as the underdog and are 3-0-1 at the betting window in their last four games overall. Meanwhile, the Cougars are just 2-5 against the spread in their last seven bowl games, are 2-7 against the number in their last nine games played in the month of December and have dropped five of their last seven games at the window overall.

RADIANCE TECHNOLOGIES INDEPENDENCE BOWL PREDICTION: UAB BLAZERS +6.5

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