BALL ST over Uab by 16

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

After school of­fi­cials shut down the UAB pro­gram at the end of the 2014 sea­son, the Blaz­ers saw over 1000 days go by with­out an NCAA foot­ball game. De­spite some early rust, Bill Clark’s team cel­e­brated their rise from the ashes with a big 38-7 win over Alabama (A&M that is) last week. The largest crowd in pro­gram his­tory (45,212) cheered along with them in a sta­dium that nor­mally held crowds of un­der 10,000 be­fore the shut­down. How­ever, a mark in Game Two for UAB means the cel­e­bra­tion is likely to end here to­day. Clark is 5-3 ATS as a dog with the Blaz­ers, in­clud­ing 3-0 ATS com­ing off a non-con­fer­ence clash, but we ex­pect a cham­pagne hang­over from the green-and-gold to­day. Es­pe­cially against an im­proved Ball State squad that out­played Illi­nois last week – the Car­di­nals out­gained the Illini, 375-216, only to lose 24-21 when BSU had a 54-yard FG blocked as time ex­pired. In ad­di­tion, a 7-0 SU record over the last seven years in home open­ers, and a 3-1-1 ATS home mark after bat­tling a Big Ten op­po­nent, sets the tone here.

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