As UAB football gets ready to take on Alabama A&M this Saturday, we’ll take a look at some of the keys to victory. 

There isn’t a betting line for this game, but I’m guessing it would be something like -27 for UAB. That’s exactly how much UAB won by when these two teams met in 2014.

To be honest, there isn’t really a secret ingredient for UAB to win this game. They just need to show up and play their game. However, here are three keys to victory on Saturday.

Composure 

The only thing that will keep UAB from winning this game on Saturday is themselves. Emotions will undoubtedly be high on Saturday, and for good reason. UAB football has been through a lot the past 1,000 days. Coaches, players and fans will be highly emotional when this game starts. But when that ball is kicked, the players have to put those feelings behind them and play focused. There certainly isn’t anything wrong about playing with emotion, as long as you’re playing under control. After the build-up for this game, the coaching staff will have to help the players gain their composure to play a good game.

Offensive Line 

I’ve been harping on it for weeks now, but this team will only be as good as the offensive line this year. I feel pretty confident in the defense of UAB, and I know we have the skill players on offense to make big plays. But if the offensive line can’t gel together quickly none of that will matter. It takes time for an offensive line to come together. They have to understand who is going to pick up a blitzer, when the quarterback is going to run, etc. All of those things take time, and this group hasn’t any of that time together in a real game. Alabama A&M’s front seven is very experienced and could cause the offensive line some problems. If they want to put my mind at ease about this season, they need to come out and play well early. Plus, coach Clark has made it known he’s worried about the depth of this line. Hopefully we get to see some of that depth in this game to give them more experience in case they’re needed in the future.

The Fans 

This is something you’ve fought for and in some cases even paid for, don’t let all that hard work go to waste. The fans should come out in droves for this game to attend and support the program the city fought so hard to keep alive. Some of the players and coaches who stuck this out want to see what this fan base can really look like. Let’s make sure we’re doing all we can to make these players feel welcomed. I’ve heard the players say often that they’re playing for the fans, so let’s give them the fanbase they deserve.

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Those are the three things I’m looking for this weekend to make sure UAB football starts the season 1-0. See you Saturday!

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