- Grant enables UAB Hospital staff to feed underprivileged moms of newborns
- Military man coming to UAB for first time, graduates Saturday
- UAB’s College of Arts and Sciences to honor distinguished alumni and friends
- ‘Tis the season of giving — UAB launches holiday blood drive
- How a cybersecurity expert protects his smartphone
- ASC presents Take 6, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” Dec. 15
- Leeth named UAB School of Medicine assistant dean for strategic planning
- Coping with holiday grief
- New water plan saves big money
- Campus police offer holiday safety tips
- Alys Stephen Center Screens Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago
- Hospital feeds underprivileged new moms
- UAB’s Alys Stephens Center presents Yo-Yo Ma Dec. 6
- Southern Miss tops Blazers, 62-27, in season ending game
- Henry Panion selected for 2014 Alabama African-American History Calendar
Blazer football schedule looking ahead
Looking ahead at the upcoming schedule,the Blazers have several very winnable games to try and aid them in their quest to have a winning season for the first time since 2004.
This upcoming Saturday, UAB will be taking on the UTSA Roadrunners. It UTSA’s first year in C-USA and they have two wins on the season already. After winning their first ever C-USA game they have lost three straight; however, they have been against quality teams including the two leaders inside of the conference. They have a solid quarterback who averages 233 yards a game and he is also a threat to run. The upside for UAB is that he can be loose with the football; he has thrown 9 interceptions this year. They are a team with not much defense but have the ability to score.
Next up for the Green and Gold will be homecoming. With all the festivities taking place, there should be a decent crowd, until halftime at least. Middle Tennessee State is a squad that matches up with UAB almost identically personnel wise. They have a staple of running backs, talented receivers, and a quarterback that can move the ball, but is a bit turnover prone.
The Blazers will then travel to West Virginia to take on Marshall. The Thundering Herd is probably the most difficult game left on the schedule. A team that scores the ball well, yet is 14th in the nation in points against. They rank high in passing, which is especially challenging considering UAB’s secondary problems. Junior quarterback Rakeem Cato has a 78.1 QBR and has 12 TD with just 5 int. and has already amassed 1,572 passing yards through just 6 games. He had his worst game of the year last year against UAB, so hopefully the Green and Gold can keep him confused as they travel up to Huntington on November 9.
On November 19, UAB will head to ECU to take on the Pirates. ECU is always a strong squad and has given UAB fits over the years. One of the top passing offenses in the country, they average 340.3 yards a game. After taking on a great passing offense the week before, UAB will most likely be lit up again facing probably the most prolific receiver in the conference in Justin Hardy, the junior from Vanceboro, NC. UAB shouldn’t have to worry about the running attack with Ventavious Cooper being a bigger threat catching the ball out of the backfield opposed to running the ball.
Rice is another tough opponent for UAB, being the current leader in the West division. This game will be a home game for the Birmingham squad and will be televised on Fox Sports 1. Rice is a completely different squad then the previous two. They are a run first type of offense. With a dual threat quarterback, they will be much like Florida Atlantic.
The regular season game will be the most winnable. Southern Miss is arguably the worst team in college football, and currently ranked as the worst team by ESPN.com. The Golden Eagles are currently getting beat by 27.7 points a game. They have a hard time scoring and a hard time playing defense. They have thrown 13 interceptions to just 8 touchdowns. UAB should be able to showcase their big play abilities against a defense that allows 40.2 points a game. Being at home and a rivalry game, UAB may just win their final game of the season.